Kempe Board Member Patrice Gendelman spearheaded a first-ever Kempe telephone fundraiser Feb. 9 with the help of dozens of volunteer students from Cherry Creek High School’s DECA Club, an association for marketing students. In honor of the Kempe Center’s 40th anniversary, on the 40th day of the year, volunteers sought donations of $40, $400, or other increments of $4. The day started with a bang and only got better. By the end, the students and Patrice raised an amazing $22,473 for abused and neglected children.
On the first shift we met a DECA club volunteer and survivor of child neglect. She credits her emotional health to The Kempe Center, where she received care and treatment as a child.
Throughout the day we met many poised, intelligent and gracious students. Kempe Foundation CEO and President Pat Peterson remarked that the crop of outstanding young people gives us great hope for our future. A special thank you to Cherry Creek High School teachers and leaders for hosting us and to Nancy Fitzgerald for videotaping the event to help spread the word. We also couldn’t have done it without the phone lines provided by IP5280 Communications.
We got the word out with the help of Colorado & Company and KOSI 101.1, as well as many supporters who gave out flyers and sent emails to friends and family.
Most importantly, thanks to all of you who called in with donations in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Kempe Center. We’re headed for another 40 years of hope and healing thanks to you.