Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Metro Friendship
Please join me at the Fourth Annual Ice Breaker Social
"Old World Elegance to raise money for a new world of social success"
Sunday, April 22nd, from 5PM-9PM, at BayView Event Center in Excelsior, Minnesota.

I look forward to serving as the official greeter, as well as helping with the festivities of the evening.


The Metro Friendship Foundation provides scholarships for children with Asperger’s Disorder (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) to access therapeutic services that would otherwise not be available to them financially.
The services vary in focus and specific approaches, but they are all designed to support these special individuals in developing the skills they need to function successfully in their worlds. For many, these services change the very course of their lives.

World Autism Awareness Day

The fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2012.

World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people's awareness about people, especially children, with autism. The day often features educational events for teachers, health care workers and parents, as well as exhibitions showcasing work created by children with autism.

Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain's functions. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old. People with autism often:
  • Find social interaction difficult.
  • Have problems with verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate restrictive and repetitive behavior.
  • Have a limited set of interests and activities.

Autism affects girls and boys of all races and in all geographic regions and has a large impact on children, their families, communities and societies. The prevalence is currently rising in many countries around the world. Caring for and educating children and young people with this condition places challenges on health care, education and training programs.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk 2012

JDRF: Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes.

This year's walk at Mall Of America was perhaps the best ever!  Marking my 8th year as a JDRF advocate and fundraiser, my daughter and I had a wonderful morning walking to celebrate the brave young children who live with Juevnile Diabetes and their wonderful, supportive families.  We emphasize the need of raising money for research to find a cure, so all children battling this diease have a hopeful future without diabetes.

Special Olympics Spring Games 2012

What an amazing experience, held at St. Thomas University!  I had such a wonderful time volunteering for this year's Spring Games swimming events!
I had the greatest job of cheering on and helping hundreds of athletes from the pool to the awards podium.  The award podium experience, as you can imagine, was the highlight of every athlete's day, and so well deserved! 
To witness such strength, determination and sheer joy among the athletes left me filled with such happiness and feeling completely inspired!
I am grateful to the MN Special Olympics committee for the opportunity to participate, and am looking forward to cheering on my new friends at the Summer Games!

Dancing With The Twin Cities Celebrities

I was thrilled to be a guest at this year's fundraising event in Minneapolis!  So many worthy charities were highlighted this evening, and I was blown away at the amazing Aurthur Murray dancers and Twin Cities celebrities!