By Patricia L. Peterson
A very good prognosis. That’s what Kempe Center Executive Director Dr. Des Runyan says is one of the best parts of his work. With the proper treatment and therapy, abused and neglected children often get an excellent prognosis. Unlike other childhood illnesses and afflictions, we can cure the damages of abuse and turn around the life of a child.
After two fantastic events in February, I think 2012 has an excellent prognosis as well. Our first-ever telephone fundraiser raised an amazing $22,473 for abused and neglected children, thanks to the initiative and hard work of Kempe Board Member Patrice Gendelman. On the same day, our Kempe Takes Hong Kong kick-off party brought in $42,750 in corporate sponsorships, table purchases and individual donations.
We’d love to see you downtown the evening of March 31st as we kick off April Child Abuse Prevention Month by lighting a stunning canopy of lights over Skyline Park. Lining the canopy will be 12,000 blue ribbon tails, representing the number of Colorado children who suffer abuse or neglect each year.
If you haven’t yet bought tickets to the April 21 gala, get a move on. We’re running low on seats and we don’t want you to miss the excitement. Join us in recognizing two tireless advocates for children with Kempe Awards: Jon Kruljac and Dr. Andrew Sirotnak. Hundreds of abused and neglected children have received top-level treatment thanks to their work.
The Kempe Center staff have been busy planning for a May 7 symposium at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in honor of their 40th Anniversary, followed by a reception hosted by The Kempe Foundation.
We have a lot planned, and we hope to see you in the coming months! We’ve also been hard at work fine-tuning the operations of The Kempe Foundation to ensure we allocate your valued contributions and donations efficiently and effectively:
28 percent: Grants to The Kempe Center 11 percent: Advocacy, education and outreach 33 percent: Pavilion (housing The Kempe Center) 20 percent: Development 8 percent: Management
We are proud to report that for the first seven months of our 2012 fiscal year, 72 cents of every dollar were invested in community enrichment. We have a great team here at the Foundation, and they’ve been working hard to meet these goals. If you haven’t yet met Steve, Gene, Peggy, Nancy, Christopher, Rachel, Janet, Monica or Tara, please come by and visit or say hello at one of our upcoming events. You can also find our contact information on page 10. We’re at your service!
Patricia L. Peterson, B.S.N., J.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, The Kempe Foundation