Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Share the Love

Sunday, February 13, 2011 marked the 4th Annual Heroes for Children Valentine's Dinner in Dallas. Members of our Women's Auxiliary, HFC Friends, served on the Valentine's committee under this year's Chair, Tracy Bundy, volunteering their time and resources to making this year's event bigger and better than ever. On the eve of Valentine's Day, this goal was accomplished with a record high attendance in the history of this event. We welcomed 32 families at Northwood Club in Dallas for a complimentary Valentine's dinner for two with onsite childcare and entertainment provided.

Families were greeted with the musical melodies of Montgomery Music & Piano and a long-stemmed pink rose for mom on their way to check in. Awaiting next was a complimentary family portrait session provided by photographer Buffy Brown, that included onsite photo printing and framing for each family to take home at the end of the night. Following photography, parents headed over to check their kiddos in to onsite childcare where over 20 professional nannies from Mom's Best Friend donated their services. Then it was off to enjoy a long-overdue evening for two that included drinks, dining, dessert and door prizes! The nearly 80 children next door also enjoyed a night full of fun activities like Valentine arts & crafts, movie, snacks, candy, and a special guest provided entertainment and balloon animals by a clown named Zoe.

As the evening came to a close all 32 families in attendance walked away with beautiful floral arrangement centerpieces from their table, silver-framed family photo, a bag of Mary Kay goodies donated for all the ladies and at least one of the 39 door prize items donated. The sincere thanks and words of appreciation were exchanged not only for the items they received, but for what a beautiful evening they were given and the memories they will take from it.

The lives of families changes significantly when a child is diagnosed with cancer. What once was normal is no more and and they're forced to adapt to new "norms" in every day life; norms that include frequent doctor visits, hospital stays, treatment and mounting medical bills. All of which put a strain on each member of the family unit. The Valentine's Dinner is designed to serve as a respite to these families and give them one night off from their valiant fight against a daily battle. Thanks to everyone involved for the continuation and growth of this mission!