Hemophilia of North Carolina gratefully acknowledges our sponsors who made the HNC 2008 Holiday Celebration possible:
2008 HNC Holiday Celebration
December 6, 2008, 3pm-7pm
Village Inn Golf and Conference Center
Clemmons, NC 27012
A Visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus!
On December 6th our community members, along with friends and family, joined together to attend the Hemophilia of North Carolina's 2008 Holiday Celebration at the Village Inn Golf & Conference Center in Clemmons. We had 143 people attend the event and filled the room to capacity!
We began with some time to relax, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and visit with friends. The young kids were busy making some fun crafts including reindeer food, holiday ornaments and reindeer heads from their hands and feet! The older kids had lots of fun playing the latest Wii games. While we took time to mingle and have fun, pictures of events from throughout the year scrolled on the overhead screen.
Before our main meal, we took time to recognize some recent awards given to HNC and members, Charles and Kathy Register at the recent NHF Annual Meeting. The contributions of 35 years of service by Charles and Kathy were recognized and they were presented with the well deserved NHF Chapter Recognition Awards of Excellence.
We also recognized our 2008 Volunteers of the Year, the Griffith Family (Tera, Russ and Gavin) and Terry and Becky Crotts. This family has contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer work throughout the year and we thank them for their extraordinary efforts and selfless contribution to the community. A DVD of the Hemophilia Walk was then shared with the group and the success of this program for HNC and its members was acknowledged.
After a delicious meal, our keynote speaker, Glenn Mones, NHF's Vice President for Public Policy, shared his thoughts on the recent election, what it means to the bleeding disorders community, and what the future may bring. Although healthcare is sure to have more attention than in the past, Glenn cautioned the group that we can not just sit back and expect changes to happen by themselves. We need to take the initiative to meet with our legislators, get involved and tell them why these issues and legislation are important to us.
Hemophilia of North Carolina was then presented with a $3,000 check from Baxter Healthcare for our Camp Superfly III standing of 5th place winner. In addition, children who participated in the Camp Superfly program this summer were invited up to receive their limited edition Gold Medals, just like the Olympics!
Fresh from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by for a visit! Each child took time to share their wish lists with Santa and everyone received gift to take home. Our special thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus (alias: Terry and Becky Crotts) once again for making this a memorable moment for the children!
We concluded the event with a special bus tour through the Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights where there were thousands of lights and beautiful displays to put us all in the holiday spirit!
Our best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy holiday season!
— Your HNC Board of Directors