Development And Support

Since the successful Council on Accreditation  site visit to Latham this spring, Latham Development efforts have been in high gear. COA’s visit affirmed that Latham is a wonderful agency with committed support and employees, and we are now working to build upon our international recognition by COA.  The Development Department, which includes Director Gerry Desautels and me, as administrative support, could hardly take a breath before we delved into many important projects underway for the close of Fiscal Year 2011 and the start of Fiscal Year 2012 on July 1st.

First, a Spring Appeal went out in May, resulting in donations of $10,050, to benefit in part our children’s and adults’ summer activities.  Next was the Year-End Celebration on campus, with our talented students performing for friends, donors, Latham directors and parents.  Awards were presented to staff and community partners, as Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club  in Brewster once again provided a delicious meal, and the Maintenance Department wowed our attendees with a campus that looks more beautiful than ever!

On the horizon, Latham will organize its first Major Donor Appreciation Event later in August at Ocean Edge’s beautiful Mansion House.  Two other events coming up also slated for Ocean Edge include our second PWS Conference on September 16-17, featuring keynote speakers and other professionals from the Cape and Boston area on such topics as PWS Across the Lifespan, Puberty and Growth Hormone, Policy: MA21, Transitions, including Supported Education and Employment, Life After High School, Family Trusts, Sleep disorders and a panel discussion on various topics.  Latham is co-hosting the conference with Advocates Inc. and PWS New England.

Finally, on October 17, Latham and Ocean Edge host the Second Annual Charity Golf Classic.  Last year’s tournament was a huge success. Sponsor and player registration is available online by CLICKING HERE. Players earn a registration discount through September 1st, so don’t delay.  It’s a fun and active way to support Latham and the individuals we serve with special needs.

As you see, there’s never a dull moment in the world of Development and Fundraising at Latham.  Stayed tuned for the premier mailed version of the Latham Centers FY11 Annual Report and our Year-End Appeal—both later this fall.  In the meantime, continue to follow us on Facebook and this Latham blog.

Submitted by
Carol Sullivan,
Latham Centers Executive Assistant

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