27th Annual Celebratory Luncheon Inaugural Presenting Sponsorship by Churchill Downs
Louisville, KY — Maryhurst is pleased to announce the details of its 2017 “Journey of Hope” Luncheon on Friday, May 12, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The annual fundraiser highlights Maryhurst’s work with Kentucky’s abused and neglected children, as well as pays tribute to its many generous supporters and the accomplishments of its alumnae.
This year’s guest speaker is Sadiqa Reynolds, President & CEO of the 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. 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 has mentored and stayed connected 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.
The 2017 Alumna of the Year honoree is 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.
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 tobe 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. 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.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sadiqa Reynolds back as our guest speaker and equally excited to honor Tammy Smith as Alumna of the Year at this year’s luncheon,” states Judy Lambeth, Maryhurst President & CEO. “This is a wonderful event that provides us the opportunity to share the success stories of our children, as well as help raise the necessary funds needed to continue providing the quality care for which Maryhurst is known.”
In addition to the luncheon, the Maryhurst Showcase & Boutique will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for luncheon guests and the general public. The boutique will display projects, crafts, jewelry, and gifts created by Maryhurst children, volunteers, and staff. Maryhurst Gourmet Cookies baked by Desserts by Helen will also be available for purchase. All proceeds from boutique purchases benefit the children in Maryhurst’s care. Raffle tickets for one of five packages will be sold during the luncheon for $10.
“Journey of Hope” 2017 tickets are now available for purchase at $75 each (sponsorships starting at $2500); contact Lori Cecil at 502.271.4523 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship opportunities and information, contact Liz Nickley at 502.271.4526 or email@example.com. Additional information about the luncheon can be found at www.maryhurst.org
Maryhurst gratefully acknowledges Churchill Downs, Inc., for its $25,000 Presenting Level Sponsorship and Brown-Forman for its $15,000 Diamond Level Sponsorship. Media support provided by Alpha Media. Maryhurst would like to thank the many other corporations and businesses, who have helped sponsor the “Journey of Hope” event.