2013 Snowflakes & Diamonds Gala Raises Awareness And Funds for RRVDSS
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For the past 7 years the Snowflakes & Diamonds Gala has been a godsend to many individuals with special needs. Benefiting the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society & the REACH program, the 7th annual gala was held at the Love Civic Center on January 12th, 2013. Hundreds of generous people attended the event to help raise much needed funds to keep this amazing organization in operation.
The fun started with hors d’ oeuvres, followed by a delicious dinner from Catering 4 U. As the masses mingled among the silent auction tables, one of Paris’ favorite country bands “Blackland” was on stage kicking out the tunes. Executive Director of the RRVDSS Krissy Crites welcomed and thanked everyone for contributing. Awards were given in appreciation for “Volunteer of the Year” to Phyllis Archembaux, “Volunteer Group of the Year” to the Student Counsel at Frank Stone Middle School, and the “Educator of the Year” was awarded to Sabrina Rosson, Assistant Principal at Aiken Elementary.
Guest speaker and mother of a child with Down syndrome, Deanna Tharpe spoke about the blessings in her life. A beautiful spotlight dance had everyone almost in tears. Brooke Crawford sang “I Hope You Dance” as members of the RRVDSS twirled around the floor.
Following that precious moment, the Live Auction was under way as auctioneer Arvey Johnson and his spotters raked in the cash for the cause. After the abundance of charity, Blackland with sound man Greg Tucker polished the night off with their recipe of electrified melody.
- Next Era Energy
- J&L Paving
- First Federal Community Bank
- Campbell’s Soup
- Paris Regional Medical Center
- Red River Pathology
- Judge Bill & Stephanie Harris
- Toyota of Paris
- Digestive Disease Center
- RK Hall
The Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society would like to send special thanks to everyone that made the function possible.
Proceeds benefit all of these organizations for people with disabilities:
- Buddy Baseball
- New Parent Program
- Medical Outreach Program
- Educational Workshops
- Educational Conference
- One-on-One Tutoring
- Resource Library
- Awareness Calendars
Coming together with open hearts… WE ARE COMMUNITY!
Photos by Robbie Gunn