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.
Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
LG&E and KU Energy
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
YUM! Brands, Inc.
Ernst & Young
Fastline Media Group
BB&T Insurance Services
Passport Health Plan
Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff CPAs
Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.
Tachau Meek, PLC
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co.
Class Act Federal Credit Union
Lamkin Wealth Management
Delta Dental of Kentucky
Trane Energy Supply Services
Guest Speaker, Sadiqa Reynolds
Sadiqa Reynolds is the President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League. She is the first woman to hold this title in the affiliate’s 95 year history. Under her leadership, the focus of the League is on jobs, justice, education, health and housing. She believes community empowerment is connected to education and jobs and is working to revamp the League’s workforce development model, by asking employers what they need and how the League can help. Sadiqa served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Mayor, helping to create the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods; She’s also served as District Court Judge for the 30th Judicial Court and was the first African American woman to serve as Inspector General in the Commonwealth, as well as being first African American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Prior to entering the public sector, Sadiqa ran her own private legal practice, handling criminal litigation, employment law, death penalty litigation and representing abused, neglected and dependent children. Sadiqa has two daughters, Sydney and Wynter, ages 11 and 10.
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 sent to Maryhurst at 15 when Indiana officials couldn’t keep her from running away. “Maryhurst was the first place where I really felt loved,” she shares. Tammy quickly progressed through Maryhurst’s program. Along the way, she met Pam Rice, who Tammy describes as “the first adult woman I ever felt close to.” When it was time for Tammy to leave the campus program, there were no good options for her. Pam took a chance and asked Tammy if she would be willing to allow Pam to be her foster mother – and Tammy said she would. Not everything was easy for Tammy and Pam because the effects of Tammy’s early childhood trauma ran deep. Tammy discovered she could run away in Louisville just like she had in Indianapolis. Still, Pam kept bringing her home, and this is where Tammy says she learned the true meaning of “family.”As a young adult, Tammy moved back to Indiana, but when her son, Brandon, was born, she returned to Louisville to reconnect with the person who made her feel grounded – Pam. Brandon would later be joined by a brother (Conner) and sister (Taelyn). In 2010, Pam learned that Kentucky allows a person to be adopted as an adult. Even though Tammy and her children already considered Pam as family because of their heart connection, Pam wanted to ensure that there was a legal connection as well. So, on May 19, 2010, Pam legally became the proud mother of 35-year-old Tammy. Today, Tammy works as a registered nurse at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. She is working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with plans to secure a job in healthcare administration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.