Posted on Aug 24, 2018

Auction Season Is Here!

Knowing how fast October 27 will be here, plans and preparations for our annual fundraiser auction are ramping into high gear with lots of opportunity to contribute, participate and raise awareness throughout our community. Michele Doyle shared with all of us that we are still needing donated items (especially experiences), we are encouraged to fill our tables with attendees who are eager to bid, and we still need a Desert Dash Coordinator. If you have silent auction baskets, contact Donna Davidson. Otherwise, let Michele know how you want to help this year. 
 

Featured Program: Being a Voice for the Unheard

Mary Jones - Voice for the UnheardMary Jones has spent her life caring for babies born to alcohol and drug-addicted mothers, most suffering from the effects of withdrawal from birth. Caring for ailing newborns while they survived this withdrawal is the difficult mission that Mary has embraced, and many of these children have stayed in touch as they went on to live healthy, strong lives. But it was a call in 2003, when a social worker told her that one little girl Mary was fostering might have HIV, that propelled her onto her next challenge, where she would go on to change laws and, in her way, change our world. She remembers whispering in this sweet child’s ear, “I will be your voice, and I’m going to do everything I can do correct this wrong.” And that is precisely what she went on to do.
 
It was that moment that Mary decided she needed to fight for a better way. She knew that foster parents needed to know if a child was HIV-positive before they agreed to care for them. But most importantly, thanks to an immediate diagnosis, the child would receive immediate life-saving treatment right from the start that could save their life. So she began the 15-year-long journey towards encouraging a very significant change—if a child’s parents are HIV-positive, the child can be tested for HIV at birth and without the parents’ permission. 

Through a partnership with Senator Christine Rolfes, a bill was passed in 2016 requiring this testing, saving lives and lessening the stigma associated with HIV. It was a stunning achievement that was almost singlehandedly made possible by Mary’s relentless conviction and passion for the children who have no voice. A reminder for all of us that almost anything is possible if you care, if you try and if you believe in the power in each of us to make our world a little better place.