Redwood's 2016 Annual Dinner took place on June 14, 2016. The dinner concluded with Mission Moment remarks from Liz, whose daughter Mae has been the face of Redwood's 2015/2016 Annual Campaign. Below are some of Liz's remarks regarding Mae and Redwood's impact on their family, and a video feature of some of Redwood's clients - including Mae.
"Mae was diagnosed with an unbalanced translocation of the 9th and 13th chromosomes which happens when a piece of one chromosome breaks off and attaches to another chromosome resulting in a little extra genetic material. When we met with the genetics team at Children’s Hospital they used phrases like “intellectual disability” and “developmental delay.” They told us they “had reason to believe” our daughter would talk one day – a skill we thought was a foregone conclusion. It was our first exposure to the language of special needs and it was a doozy.
So here we were, in a life that was barely recognizable and more than a little bit scary. As we started having conversations with family and friends about this new reality we kept hearing about that amazing place in Fort Mitchell… you know, Redwood. We needed a life raft, so we got on it. Mae was scheduled for a spinal cord surgery at the end of the month and we wanted her to start at Redwood as soon as possible after her recovery.
She started in the Toddler B room on June 8, 2015 and she has never looked back. By Labor Day she was walking, by Thanksgiving she was running, and by Christmas she was using a few signs to communicate. Today Mae is a rough and tumble girl. Her favorite things to do are to look at pictures, sing songs, and play outside. She gets to do all of those things and much more every day with her buddies here at Redwood. She is well loved by her teachers and is even able to receive therapy sessions right in the classroom. More than it being a loving place for Mae to learn and grow, it is also a place where we can learn about resources and connect with other families in the special needs community. Redwood has given us all a place to belong.
Redwood has helped open our eyes to our own inner blindness and we are seeing the world in a new light through the eyes of our sweet Mae. So I guess I am here tonight to say “Thank You.” Thank you for attending meetings, organizing fundraisers, and working hard to grow and maintain Redwood. Thank you for taking time away from your families to create a safe place for mine. And thank you for striving to create a place in Northern Kentucky where hearts are open, and none are blind."
Bang Bang Night for Redwood is a tropical fun event at Bonefish Grill in Crescent Springs, KY. Guests enjoy Bonefish Grill signature dishes at various food stations while sipping on refreshing cocktails, listening to great music, and taking their chance on raffles and silent auction items. The next Bang Bang Night for Redwood will take place on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 5:30pm - 8pm. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Bean Bash is an annual fundraiser held at Turfway Park in Florence, KY with proceeds generously donated to Redwood and 3 other area organizations which serve people with disabilities. The event features bean soup and other food, music, live and silent auctions, poker, and a 5K. Visit the Bean Bash website for more details. We look forward to seeing you at the next Bean Bash in October 2016!
Derby Club tickets for 2016/2017 are available! The Derby Club is a great way to support Redwood and its programs and services. For only $50, Derby Club members enter into a monthly drawing for a chance to win $100. To purchase raffle tickets, click here or contact Beth Moore at (859) 331-0880. KY. Charitable Gaming Lic. #0588.
A Night at the Races is an annual Redwood fundraising event with armchair horse racing, dinner, and raffles. Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees, and volunteers at Redwood’s 2016 Night at the Races fundraiser which took place on May 13, 2016 at the Gardens of Park Hills.
The Redwood Express is Redwood's signature annual fundraiser, which transports attendees to a new destination every year. Guests are treated to an evening filled with live and silent auctions, dinner, and entertainment. Thank you to everyone who supported the 2016 Redwood Express Destination: The Roaring 20's on March 4 at the Newport Syndicate! The following video was shared with our attendees at the event, and highlights why Redwood is a special place for our clients.
Puttin' On The Ritz Sponsors
Art Deco Sponsors
All That Jazz Sponsors
Black Tie Sponsors
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