2013 Holiday Ball Chair
It is my pleasure to invite you to join me in supporting the 2013 St. Joe’s Holiday Ball, Let it Snow. Our event will take place on December 7th at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center and it will benefit patients in the Neuro Rehab Program.
This year’s Holiday Ball is inspired by love of family, commitment to helping others, and the magical moments in our lives.
Your support for the Holiday Ball will help families facing trauma. I’ve seen the impact that a traumatic injury can have, not only on the patient but also on their family and loved ones – the profound and unexpected changes that often have life-altering effects. And, I have seen the miraculous results of excellent care and rehabilitation. I can promise you that your gift for this year’s event will improve outcomes and change lives
I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Michigan, so as you can imagine, snow is the backdrop to many fond memories. I remember a blizzard that kept us from school for 10 days – it was a snow emergency – but for us kids it was a winter wonderland. The temptation of the newly fallen snow was irresistible. The snow actually reached the rooftops. Our days were spent building forts, sledding and making snowmen. This is the kind of fun, whimsy and play that we often leave to the children, but I have to admit, I still love days like this.
And, as an adult, I’m amazed by the awe I still feel when I see sparkling, twirling snowflakes floating down. The most cherished example of this is the day that Jim and I brought our son Michael home from St. Joe’s. The ground was covered in a glittering blanket of white, the trees were painted in frost and a peaceful snow was falling. It took my breath away to have such a beautiful scene to welcome our new baby home.
This year’s event will be a playful, breathtaking, magical scene.
My love of snow and my cherished memories are filled with family and community. When I moved here nearly 20 years ago, it immediately felt like home. I felt connected to the value placed on family, education, health care and serving others. I married into a St. Joe’s family and am a second generation volunteer so the Holiday Ball quickly proved to be a shining example of these values. I am honored to be serving as Chair for this year’s event.
I hope that you will join me in supporting the Holiday Ball and the patients and families who are affected by trauma. I encourage you to take a closer look at the sponsorship benefits, some that include an invitation to the can’t-miss Pre-party. Your support will help us to reach our $800,000 fund-raising goal to strengthen St. Joe’s Neuro Rehab Program in ways that lead to better outcomes for patients.
Let it snow! And, let us make the Holiday Ball another magical moment in our lives and in the lives of patients and families who benefit from your support. I look forward to seeing you there!