WHAT A SUCCESS!
This past Monday night Families as Allies held our third Community Partnership Celebration fundraiser at Bravo! Restaurant in Highland Village. We had a wonderful turnout and many generous sponsors who made contributions. In addition, Families as Allies presented some amazing and dedicated people with awards for their efforts in the past year.
This year the following people were honored for representing our core values, Valuing Every Child and Family, Excellence, Partnership and Accountability:
The Helen Reddy Johnson Memorial Award for Valuing Every Child and Family was given to Kathryn Rodenmeyer and Dr. Rick deShazo of MPB for their Southern Remedy Growing Pains Series.
The Rusty Turner Memorial Award for Excellence was given to Dr. Wanjiku Njoroge of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Njoroge has come to Mississippi as a trainer for Families as Allies early childhood initiative, BuDS. She was unable to attend but filmed a video acceptance that was shown at the event.
The organization's Partnership Award was given to Nita Rudy, of the Parents for Public Schools national office for her collaborative work on MDE's restraint and seclusion policy.
Finally, the organization's Accountablity Award was given to 2 state representatives from opposite sides of the political spectrum who both were honored for their emphasis on transparency and their interest in children's mental health. Representative Joel Bomgar and Representative Jay Hughes were both at the event to accept their awards. Senator Brice Wiggins and Judge Will Longwitz were also in attendance.