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Monday, May 13, 2013

Friends Of The Children

My brother-in-law and sister started a foundation for at risk children 20 years ago.  It was their 20 year anniversary fundraiser last Thursday night.  I worked with one of my other sister's to pot 75 orchids and I don't know how many geraniums, along with table 'fluffing' for 6+ local chef's and making 15+ huge flower arrangements to be auctioned off.  It was a long three days, but well worth the effort after they raised close to 2 million dollars for the foundation.  Many of the kids and their mentors (who are dedicated to them for a minimum of 12 years)spoke and it was really moving to see  and hear how 'Friends of the Children' has changed their lives so profusely.  Most of the graduates go on to college or trade school and have promising futures and careers to look forward to.  Most importantly, they are no longer 'at risk,' they are fully functioning, active members of our society.  So proud of my BIL and sister for beginning this program!

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