February 26, 2014
Last week the YWCA held its seventh annual KIDS (Kids In Distress) Korner luncheon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The luncheon, themed “Love an Angel,” was in support of KIDS Korner, the YWCA’s child care program for children of homeless families. At this year’s luncheon, over 50 wonderful YW women invited over 400 of their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to the KIDS Korner Luncheon for a day of fundraising for the YWCA’s little “angels.”
The outstanding turnout and support of the luncheon would not have been possible without the leadership of our remarkable co-chairs, Mary Bradley Anderson and Jeris Burns. Committee members included Nancy Biggio, Lindsey Druhan, Rebecca Eubanks, Susie Gaston, Lisha Li Graham, Brenda Hackney, Susan Hackney, Leigh Haver, Cynthia Lamar-Hart, Sheri Robinson, Lacey Scott, Tracy Sproule, Jenise Spurlock, Shannon Stewart, Jackie Tucker, Carrie Walthall, Jennifer Willings and Jan Bellenger Yates. A big YW thank you goes out to our generous corporate sponsors, Alabama Pain Consultants, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Bridgeworth Financial, Brookwood Medical Center, Colliers International, Crowne at Grand View Apartments, IBERIABANK, Mobley & Sons, Revenue Discovery Systems, Saginaw Pipe Co Inc, SourcePointe,Vulcan Materials Company, and Yates Development LLC. A special thank you goes to our two premier sponsors, Ard Contracting Inc and Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt LLC. As always, thank you to Belk for their generous sponsorship and fantastic decorating. Thanks also to Mary Lembke for once again providing the angel-themed pottery for the centerpieces. And of course, thank you to all of our dedicated table hosts who really make our luncheon possible.
At the luncheon, a video was shown to offer a glimpse into a usual day for children in KIDS Korner. The video highlights a boy named Damien and his friends in KIDS Korner as they focus on the program’s three main subjects: “play, learn and grow.” Attendees of the luncheon also saw the extraordinary progress Damien has made since his mother Leslie brought him to KIDS Korner.
“I just thank KIDS Korner so much for everything they’ve done for Damien,” says Damien’s mother Leslie. “It’s a nice and safe feeling knowing that Damien is ok for once, and I don’t have to worry about that when he’s away from me.”
Since 1989, the YWCA Central Alabama has played a fundamental role in responding to the needs of homeless children. When a survey of shelters for homeless families revealed one of the biggest needs was child care during the day while parents were working or seeking employment, the YW responded by opening KIDS Korner, a nationally accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children) child care facility with a curriculum uniquely designed for the children whom we serve. KIDS Korner provides a safe, loving environment for children of families experiencing homelessness to discover their self worth. KIDS Korner ensures these children receive special care and individual attention during times of family crisis.
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