Support Charity, Drink Wine
Last Monday night I attended a WINE4Women charity and networking event at Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery.
Proprietors, Tom and Meg Hudson, graciously hosted a group of mostly local woman as we sipped wine, made new friends and raised money for a local charity near and dear to my heart, Supporting Kidds.
Helping Children Cope
Supporting Kidds is a center for supporting and educating bereaved children, their families and the larger community in which they live. I visited the facility last year and was deeply touched by the education, therapy, love and support the professional staff provides to local children and their families.
Children experience overwhelming feelings when someone close to them dies – sadness, confusion, shock, fear, anger, guilt and worry.
In the midst of these reactions, children must also struggle with the reality of what has happened and manage a multitude of changes in their daily routines that accompany loss.
Children look to adults for cues on dealing with their new circumstances following a death. Yet parents and guardians often are overwhelmed or unsure about how to help them. Supporting Kidds can help.
Supporting Kidds welcomes a new leader
My new friend, Patti Tillotson, Ph D, is the new Executive Director of Kidds. Patti lost her daughter to suicide and is the founder of Steps For Steph, an organization that raises funds for teen suicide prevention through online charitable shopping. I had the privilege and honor of meeting Patti at the Out of The Darkness walk last fall. Patti is an inspiration to me and I wish her the very best in her new role at Kidds.
Women Supporting Women, enter Carol Arnott
Another woman deserving of kudos is the creator of the Wine4Women Sip to Support event, Carol E. Arnott. Carol is the Chief Visionary Officer and founder of NEWS4Women, a Network to Encourage Women’s Support, to help promote economic growth for Delaware women, advocates for social issues affecting families, and unites women to provide a powerful voice through programs, information, and an active social network in Delaware and the surrounding areas.
Giggle On! Kudos
I want to thank my friend Annie for inviting me to this event. Thank you Carol for creating a way for Delawareans to Sip to Support charity. Thank you to Tom and Meg Hudson for hosting us at Domaine Hudson. If you live in the Wilmington area, and haven’t yet sipped wine and dined at Domaine, please stop by. You won’t be sorry. Thank you Lindy Powers from Lindy Powers Photography for the wonderful photograph you took of me with my friends Annie and Jen.
And thank you to the Academy. It was a pleasure just to be nominated…oops, wrong speech. Scratch that. *laughing*
If you know a bereaved child in the Wilmington area who needs help, please direct their parent or caregiver to the Supporting Kidds web site.
Supporting Kidds helps children get their Giggles Back!
God Bless the staff at Supporting Kidds! Keep up the great job.
NEWS4Women will be at Deep Blue Bar and Grill next month supporting the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I will be at the event with my friends Kathy and Kristin celebrating my last night as a 30-something. Oy-veh. Happy Birthday to me!