February 17, 2017
There are a million reasons to celebrate the success of YWCA Central Alabama’s 10th Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon. The event, held Feb. 16, 2017 at the BJCC East Ballroom, raised $175,007 (and counting) to support the YW’s KIDS Korner child development program for homeless children.
Midway through the luncheon, a project of the Junior Board, YWCA CEO Yolanda Sullivan announced a significant milestone. “Thanks to all of you, this event has raised $1 million to support homeless children in just 10 years,” she told the 650 guests.
“I am thrilled beyond words and I am so grateful to all of you for investing in the lives of our precious children,” she said. “As happy as I am, there is still work to be done, so we can’t stop now. KIDS Korner is life-changing for the children we serve, but there are so many more who need our help. We always have a waiting list, we always have children we have to turn away, and that breaks my heart.”
In honor of the event’s 10th anniversary, YW children shared the Top 10 reasons they love KIDS Korner, including the playgrounds, computers, lunches and teachers. “Many of our children come to us with adult-sized worries, so our staff is trained to meet their very specific needs,” said Rikki Ross, director of child development services. “We give them lots of instruction, encouragement and affection. We’re their biggest fans!”
The event would not have been possible without the leadership of co-chairs Anne Lary and Taylor Cooper and the members of their hardworking committee: Annemarie Axon, Mary Cox Brown, Yonti Brown, Mary Kathryn Bryant, Dana Cockrell, Rebecca Eubanks, Jeris Gaston, Anne Morris Hackney, Brenda Hackney, Lindsay Hackney, Kayla Lawrence, Yawanna McDonald, Elisa Nelson, Breauna Peterson, Lacey Scott, Tanya Shunnara, Callen Thistle, Ann Watford, Rachel Weingartner, Ginny Willings and Whitney Wright.
We are especially grateful to our dedicated Table Hosts and our generous sponsors, including VP Funds; EBSCO Industries, Inc.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama; Bridgeworth LLC; Harbert Management Corporation; HealthSouth; Regions Financial Corporation; Starnes Davis Florie LLP; and Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC.
Other generous sponsors are: Saginaw Pipe Company; Sirote & Permutt, P.C.; Vulcan Materials Company; and Warren Averett, LLC. Also sponsoring the event were: BancorpSouth Bank; Brasfield & Gorrie; Building and Construction Trade Group Inc.; Campbell Guin; Children’s of Alabama; Clarus Consulting Group; Cobbs Allen; First Commercial Bank/Synovus; Mauldin & Jenkins CPAs; Pack Health; Revenue Discovery Systems; ServisFirst Bank; and YellowHammer Media Group.
To make a donation to support the YWCA's KIDS Korner program, click here.