Thank you to all who attended this special evening honoring our champions. Over 200 were in attendance for the Celebration of Champions Through The Decades. Many thanks to our generous sponsors, Miller & Steiert, P.C., Holland and Hart, Laura A. Mathews Law, P.C., iLs, Castle Pine North Wine and Spirits, Lime, Chrysalis Events, Linda Mood Bell, Silver Benefit Auctions, and The Nacho Men!
The evening started with music by Brandon Henderson, followed by a wonderful awards ceremony and lively auction with prizes including a six night stay in Belize, autographed Rockies memorabilia, trips to Breckenridge, Vail, and more! To wrap up the evening, the guests rocked out and danced the night away to some awesome decades music by The Nacho Men!
We honored Tommy G. as our 2015 Junior Champion of Hope, an award given to an individual who exhibits joy and enthusiasm in the face of many personal challenges. The recipient of the award will be an ambassador for generating awareness about SPD and will help the SPD Foundation during the coming year. This program annually recognizes a young person who will be an advocate for Sensory Processing Disorder awareness and will share experiences to help other children with SPD know they are not alone.
Children like Tommy motivate the STAR Center and SPD Foundation to press on with cutting-edge research into causes and effective treatments for SPD. Tommy has been an inspiration in how he is working to overcome and cope with SPD on a daily level.
We are grateful to Tommy and his parents for sharing their story in order to give hope to others. We will provide interesting stories about Tommy throughout the coming year.
Other award recipients included our Champion of Partnership, Miller & Steiert for their generosity and support of the SPD Foundation since it's inception in 1979. Carol Stock Kranowitz, best selling author of The Out-of-Sync Child, was presented with the Champion of Inspiration award for dedicating her life to helping families living with SPD. Jenny LeRoux and Lindsey Gilmartin received the Champions of Passion award for generously volunteering their time for the past three years to plan our summer event, Playground Rock!
|Photo left: Michael Miller, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Bob Steiert
Bottom left: Jenny LeRoux, Tim Hoyman (SPD Foundation Board President), Lindsey Gilmartin
Bottom right: Carol Stock Kranowitz, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller