Friday, May 12, 2017
The Louisville Marriott Downtown
Be The Hope Our Children Need!
The 2017 Maryhurst Journey of Hope Luncheon presented by Churchill Downs, Inc. is Friday, May 12, 2017, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Louisville Marriott Downtown. Maryhurst’s “Journey of Hope” luncheon is an annual fundraiser that highlights Maryhurst’s work with abused and neglected children, as well as pays tribute to its many generous supporters and the accomplishments of its alumnae. You can support Maryhurst and provide hope for our children by attending our annual event, welcoming nearly 800 people. During the event Maryhurst celebrates alumni with the presentation of numerous scholarships, thanks individuals and corporations for their support and most importantly shares stories of transformation that take place with our children on a daily basis.
With a record attendance of over 800 guests, the 2016 event was our most successful to date having raised more than $240,000!
In addition to the luncheon, the Maryhurst Boutique will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for luncheon guests and the general public to view and purchase art, jewelry and gifts from local artists and many of the girls from Maryhurst. All proceeds from boutique purchases benefit the children in Maryhurst’s care.
Guest Speaker, Sadiqa Reynolds
Sadiqa Reynolds is the President and CEO of Louisville Urban League. Her appointment made her the first woman to hold this title in the affiliate’s 95 year history. She has previously served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Mayor where she oversaw approximately 1500 employees who operated the city’s Parks, Public Health and Wellness Programs, Animal Services, Human Relations Commission, Libraries, Zoo, Community Services, and the Office for Safe Healthy Neighborhoods. Sadiqa serves or has served on several boards including Fund for the Arts, the Depression Center, BankOn, Maryhurst, Habitat for Humanity, Home of the Innocents and the WAVE3 Editorial Board, WDRB Editorial Board, Cradle to Career Committee, 55K, GLI and the Federal Reserve Board. She has served as District Judge for the 30th Judicial Court. She was also the first African American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court when she served as Chief Law Clerk for the late Chief Justice Robert F. Stephens. Her life as a public servant has also included being the first African American to serve as the Inspector General for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Sadiqa regularly serves as keynote speaker and through her community work has been recognized as a Business First Enterprising Woman to Watch, a Woman of Influence, been honored with a Tower Award, a Torch of Wisdom and been named a Daughter of Greatness by the Ali Center. She’s received the Fannie Lou Hamer award, for her commitment to justice and in 2016 was named one of 100 Women to Watch in the country by Biz Women. She has mentored and stayed connect with many young people and is passionate about making a difference in every life she is able to touch. She loves to read and travel and has two phenomenal daughters Sydney, 11 and Wynter, 10, both of whom are being educated in the Jefferson County Public School System.
Alumna of the Year, Tammy Smith
Born in Indiana, Tammy started her long journey in foster care at the age of eight because of severe abuse. She was in and out of several placements before landing at a group home in Indianapolis as a young teen. She repeatedly ran away from the group home because of ridicule she experienced at school. Foster care officials couldn’t keep her safe and knew they needed to move Tammy to a place where she couldn’t run the streets. That place ended up being Maryhurst. Tammy arrived at Maryhurst at 15. “The campus was the first place where I really felt loved,” she shares. As part of the admission process, Tammy’s picture was taken by Pam Rice, a Maryhurst staff person who became more important to Tammy than either would have dreamed possible at the time. Tammy quickly progressed through Maryhurst’s program. Along the way, she joined Pam’s puppet club and went with Pam to church on the weekends. “Pam was the first adult woman I ever felt close to,” says Tammy. When it was time to think about the next step for Tammy after Maryhurst, there seemed to be no good options. Pam, who supervised Maryhurst’s foster care, aftercare, and independent living programs, took a chance and asked Tammy if she would be willing to allow Pam to be her foster mother. Pam also had to convince the friend with whom she shared a house that fostering a teenager would be a good thing. Fortunately for Tammy and Pam, that friend was Judy Lambeth, who became Maryhurst’s CEO in 1990. All three women took a leap of faith, and Tammy moved in. Life in foster care still presented significant challenges for Tammy because the effects of her early childhood trauma ran deep. Tammy discovered she could run away in Louisville just like she ran away in Indianapolis. Still, Pam and Judy kept bringing her home, and this is where Tammy says she learned the true meaning of “family.”
Tammy graduated from Waggener High School while with Pam and Judy and eventually moved out, thinking she was ready to tackle the adult world. She returned to Indiana wanting to reconnect with her biological mother, but as with most young adults, life had both ups and downs for her. Several years later, Tammy gave birth to her son, Brandon, an occasion that made her reevaluate where she was heading in life. Wanting her new son to grow up around the values she learned to hold most dear, Tammy moved back to Louisville so she could reconnect with the people who made her feel grounded – Pam and Judy. Brandon learned to think of Pam and Judy as grandparents even though there were no legal or blood ties. Eventually, Brandon was joined by a brother (Conner) and sister (Taelyn). On a random day in 2010, Judy attended a presentation during which the speaker talked about adoption and mentioned that Kentucky is one of the few states that allows a person to be adopted as an adult. A light bulb went on for Judy, and the next time she saw Tammy, she told her, “I want to adopt you”! Tammy and her children already considered Pam and Judy family because of their heart connection, but Judy wanted to ensure that there was a legal connection as well. So on May 19, 2010, 35-year-old Tammy was officially adopted. Today, Tammy is a registered nurse who works at both Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Nazareth Home. Here dream is to one day work in a healthcare management position, so she is currently taking courses for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Galen College of Nursing. Brandon is now 22 and has a beautiful daughter named Miya who is an absolute joy to Tammy. Conner is a junior at Jeffersontown High School, and Taelyn is a freshman at Waggener High School.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please click here for more information or contact Liz Nickley, Director of Development & Community Involvement at 502.271.4526 or email@example.com.
Journey of Hope Ambassadors
If you are interested in becoming a Journey of Hope Ambassador, please click here for more information or contact Liz Nickley, Director of Development & Community Involvement at 502.271.4526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryhurst Alumni interested in applying for a scholarship must submit a completed application by Monday, April 11. Please click here for an application. For additional information on scholarships please contact Lori Cecil at 502.271.4523 or email@example.com.
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