A Picture Perfect Day at the 2010 HNC Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Old Salem Museum and Gardens
James A. Gray Auditorium
900 Old Salem Road – Winston Salem
Although some might have said the weather outside was frightful, it could not have been more picturesque for our Holiday Celebration. As the celebration began, the snow arrived and blanketed the area with the first snowfall of 2010. Over 160 members of HNC attended the event that included crafts & activities for the children, social time for the adults, a terrific presentation about the history of bleeding disorders and the HTC along with a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus.
This year our theme of the event was "giving back" and we asked that people attending bring along a canned food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern NC. The response was fantastic and we filled two large boxes to the top with canned goods! We also helped to support this organization by using their catering services for our event and proceeds assist their Triad Community Kitchen program that offers a 10-week culinary curriculum at no charge to unemployed, underemployed and homeless individuals to prepare them for careers in the food service industry. The food was delicious and staff could not have been more professional and accommodating to our large group – thank you!
The children had fun with craft making and helped support our theme by making get-well bags for children who are in the hospital during this season, creating wreaths for display at the hospitals and putting together first-aid kits to donate to StandUp for Kids, an organization that assists homeless teens. Our many thanks to the team of volunteers that helped put together the activities and guide the process throughout the event.
Our annual presentation was made to our Volunteer of the Year, Maria Schnaith-Ivan, who has contributed her time and talent to HNC throughout the year with a variety of programs and events. We also acknowledged some recent award winners from the NHF Annual Meeting – Sue Fletcher, PhD who received the Chapter Recognition Award and Leroy Taylor who received a Celebration of Giving Award for his extraordinary efforts with the Hemophilia Walk.
Our guest speaker for the event was Anita Smith, RN, CPNP – Nurse Coordinator at the Wake Forest University Hemophilia Treatment Center. Anita took us on a tour of the history of bleeding disorders with a terrific presentation that included a look back at treatments, genealogy, how HTCs were established and where we are today.
Taking time from their busy holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived right on schedule for the event! Each child took time to share his or her wish lists with Santa and everyone received a gift to take home. Our special thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus (alias: Terry & Becky Crotts) for continuing to make these memorable moments for the children!
After the celebration, families that were willing to brave the weather visited Old Salem Museum & Gardens.
Our best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy holiday season!
Thank you Sue!
The HNC Board of Directors took advantage of a very popular and well-attended event, The Holiday Celebration, by setting aside a moment to present a surprise award to Executive Director Sue Cowell. For her extraordinary leadership since she took the helm in early 2007, she was awarded a platter and plaque, as well as a gift certificate for dinner for two, and a gift basket.
Sue has brought HNC to national recognition in the four short years she has been with us. More importantly, she has expanded the depth and breadth of our service to the bleeding disorders community. HNC, largely because of Sue Cowell, has measurably improved the lives of people with bleeding disorders – from providing every day necessities to those in need, to encouraging women with bleeding disorders to be involved in their own health care, to providing respite weekends for people of all ages, to holding valuable seminars to increase our knowledge, to staying on top of political issues and acting on them. All the while, we help bolster the National Hemophilia Foundation, the Hemophilia Federation of America, and other groups dedicated to assist people with bleeding disorders.
Richard Atwood began the presentation by reminding us that, because of Sue, HNC is receiving national accolades. Kathy Register thanked Sue and her family – Chick, Charlene, and Christine – for allowing Sue to be a part of our lives, and for their own involvement in all of our doings. Sharon Ingram, in her Santa hat, thanked Sue, and had her own little award ceremony – presenting Chick Cowell and President Richard Atwood with keepsakes. Sue's daughter Charlene gave a moving address, thanking her mom for her own growth and for allowing her to be a part of us.
HNC's vision – "for all persons affected by bleeding disorders to achieve their full potential without barriers or limitations, until a cure is found" – is being ably realized by Sue Cowell.