Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 204-The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center-“Shake Your Booties..Down Bourbon Street” for a Family Cause at Stage AE

I have been to galas and walks to raise funds for organizations that focus on the support or a cure for various illnesses (Day 67, Day 90), but not for an organization that so strongly supports families. My blog inspiration, Little Golden Books, reminds us that family “times gives us a sense of belonging, when we feel safe and loved.” That is just what The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center does by promoting the health and the well-being of infants and children through  services that establish and strengthens the family.  They help establish a family with an infant adoption program, prepare a family with a home-like transition hospital for children, and  assist a family with a day care program for children with developmental and medical needs. I was  therefore ready to enjoy a night of jazz and fun by attending the event, “Shake Your Booties..Down Bourbon Street " and support this family centered cause at Stage AE.


Stage AE was transformed into a carnival atmosphere with beads given at the door, acrobats on stage, an open bar, and the live jazz music of John Gresh’s Gris-Gris throughout the evening. The room was colorful, the people were colorful, and  everyone seemed to be smiling, dancing and enjoying the food on Bourbon Street. There were hors d’oeuvres of cheeses, crab cakes, oysters,  and   a tapas dinner that included salads, strip steak, chicken gumbo, baroque gulf shrimp, and a variety of sandwiches.

 Photo Booth Fun
There was also an interesting line up of  silent auction items.  I was determined to get  my dream/buckets list prize of 4 grandstand seats to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is something that I have always wanted to do since first seeing it on television. Even with my attempt to hover over the bidding sheet, I lost the bid.  Not to worry, I was consoled by eating at the desert table and playing dress up in the photo booth.  

For me, the evening highlight was  Cate’s story told by her parents. Cate was born with a cleft palate and multiple chromosomal abnormalities and has specialized  medical needs, one of which is a feeding tube. She received four years of medical care  though  the  Children’s Home day care program. This program enabled the family to work full time knowing that their child was loved and safe at the day care. As they put it, the staff became like family.   

silent auction 

Colorful guy!
Learning about this organization’s commitment to the family made supporting it easy for me. “Shake your Booties… Down on Bourbon Street”  was  all about  fun and play. This is  just what the children helped by this organization love to do. I will defiantly play again at this event  and maybe I will get the chance to bid on my childhood dream trip  next year.  

(The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center is located at 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Learn more about their programs at http://www.childrenshomepgh.org/)

Spiritual Source
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3)

Other Sources
The Children’s Home http://www.childrenshomepgh.org/