Wine Walkabout 2019
The Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) hosted its sixth annual Wine Walkabout on Thursday, November 21, at Caves Valley Golf Club. Thanks to the hard work of Co-chairs Alex Shek, Shari Tompkins and Emma Young, the event was a success. Generous sponsors and guests helped raise more than $40,000 for Kennedy Krieger Institute. Proceeds from this event will benefit benefit the much-needed expansion of the Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) through the purchase of a new functional electrical stimulation bicycle for arms and legs.
It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and celebrate the generosity of our sponsors and guests with delicious food, wine and music. We were honored to welcome Helen and Larry Eastman, a patient and her husband who spoke about their experiences with Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. Following their informative and inspirational comments, a live auction ensued where guests were asked to consider making a gift to help with the bike purchase. It was a wonderful way to further support Kennedy Krieger, while reminding guests of the importance of their attendance that evening.
An Evening With a Kennedy Krieger Institute Expert
Our inaugural speaker event was held on Thursday, October 10, at the lovely home of Aimee Fulchino. More than 25 WIN members gathered to learn from Dr. Stacy Suskauer, co-director of Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Brain Injury Recovery, director of the Institute's Brain Injury Research Center and one of the leading experts in concussion research. Dr. Suskauer discussed some of the findings from her work and how those findings advance patient care, both at Kennedy Krieger and around the world. A question and answer session with Dr. Suskauer followed.
This past winter, Ted Bauer, owner of The Valley Inn and The Oregon Grille, was invited by Lisa Vogel, co-president of the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), to tour Kennedy Krieger Institute and learn more about its services. Ted’s experience, like that of so many who visit Kennedy Krieger, was profound, and through his family’s foundation, he pledged to support the Institute in a meaningful way.
On Friday, May 3, more than 275 people danced, laughed and cried at the fourth annual Derby-themed Hats & Horses fundraiser for Kennedy Krieger Institute.Decked out in festive Derby attire, Hats & Horses guests enjoyed dinner, a silent auction and an inspirational video about the children being helped at Kennedy Krieger, and then danced the night away.
When Lainy LeBow-Sachs came to Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1995, she was the first and only staff member dedicated to fundraising and outreach for the Institute. A Massachusetts native and former Philadelphia schoolteacher, she’d served for 16 years as special assistant to William Donald Schaefer— former Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor and state comptroller—and was looking for a new opportunity to do some good in the world.
When Aimee Fulchino and Lisa Vogel first joined Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), little did they know just how important it would become in their lives—or how much they’d soon contribute to the success of the organization, which promotes and facilitates volunteerism that assists Kennedy Krieger patients, students and their families.
Shelley Cortezi clearly remembers her mother-in-law, Lynn Cortezi, calling nearly four years ago, to say Ben, Shelley’s nephew, had a brain tumor.
“I’ll never forget how scared I was,” Shelley says.
The Women’s Initiative Network for Kennedy Krieger Institute (WIN) hosted its sixth annual Wine Walkabout at Caves Valley Golf Club on Thursday, November 29. Thanks to the hard work of Co-Chairs Shari Tompkins and Emma Young, the event, which included a raffle and live auction, was a success: Generous sponsors and guests helped raise $43,000 for Kennedy Krieger.
For the fourth year in a row, the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) raised money for Camp SOAR (Sibling Outdoor Adventure Retreat), a three-day, two-night weekend retreat offered to former Kennedy Krieger Institute inpatients and their siblings, ages 8–16. This year’s camp wrapped up on Sunday, June 3, with a celebration luncheon and awards ceremony.