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A Summer With KidLinks

Diana Crawford - Thursday, July 27, 2017

 

Interning for KidLinks has been a blast. I have gotten to travel to several Dallas hospitals to see Jim and Paul do Therapeutic Music Entertainment with kids. Likewise, I have gotten to sit in on a couple of music therapy sessions with Autistic Children. I have made some wonderful connections during the time I have spent working with Jim and Paul. Part of my job as intern was to find more facilities that could use KidLink's services. I found 8 new venues in the DFW area that would be suitable for therapeutic music entertainment.

 

KidLinks is evolving and is finding out that their music can be used to heal a lot of different wounds. I was able to visit a bereavement center that used the music that Jim and Paul had originally written for kids who were sick and in hospitals, but it turns out KidLink's content is good for anyone. Part of my job was to find more artists who write music that would fit in with what is on Hugworks Children's Network. A particular artist I found has 7 songs that will be sent to the review team. By far my favorite thing I got to do was sing and record "The Yes Song". The internship wouldn't have been as wonderful without Jim and Paul's guiding hands and extensive knowledge. An extra benefit for me was getting some music theory lessons from Paul.  

 

I had a great year at Texas Christian University and will now be attending Belmont University this fall - taking all the KidLinks experiences with me!

 

Nashville Bound, 

Peyton Smith

 

KidLinks 2016 Annual Report Now Available Online

loryn odonnell - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2016 was an great year at KidLinks! It is our mission to link kids to health and healing through music and media and over 2,700 kids (not including family members and caregivers) were served directly by KidLinks Therapeutic Music Entertainers and our two Board Certified Music Therapists; our online platform, hugworkschildrensnetwork.com, was visited over 10,000 times; and we launched a new Music Therapy Channel within Hugworks Children’s Network for professionals and families - written by our two board-certified Music Therapists, Gina and Cora. Our thanks to all everyone who is a part of the KidLinks team - donors, sponsors, Board and volunteers!

 

 

Here’s a look at 2016 and what we accomplished together: click for 2016 KidLinks Annual Report

 

We're Hiring!

Diana Crawford - Monday, March 06, 2017

 

Would you like to use your skills and experience to build impact in a nonprofit that has been making a difference in children’s lives for over 30 years?

 

Job Summary:

Reporting to and in partnership with the CEO, the DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE AND COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST ensures the giving experience is rewarding for our donors while helping to create opportunities to increase the base of support for KidLinks.

 

Primary Responsibilities & Duties:

A key data position, supports all aspects of our nonprofit development area. Assists with donor data management, reporting and gift processing and fundraising event support.

Applies communications skills to accurately and effectively communicate KidLinks mission. Assists with developing, updating website, social media and mass email communications to better engage KL community and to make all communications look and sound great.

 

For a full position description, please email  diana@thekidlinks.org with “DEVELOPMENT” as the subject. No calls please.

 

 

Thank you for another great event!

Stephanie Saucedo - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 

KidLinks would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of the 16th (!!!) Annual KidLinks Energy Golf Classic. We are tremendously grateful. Over $350,000 was raised to help KidLinks continue to expand Hugworks Children’s Network globally - enabling children anywhere, anytime to experience the healing power of music!

For pictures from this year's event, click HERE!

SAVE THE DATE for the 17th Annual KidLinks Energy Golf Classic on Monday, October 16, 2017 - We hope to see you there!

 

2015 KidLinks Annual Report Now Available Online

loryn odonnell - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thank you to all the members of the former Hugworks and KidLinks Foundation Board of Directors, and to the new KidLinks Board of Directors for a successful first year of the newly merged KidLinks. We are pleased to share with you the annual report for 2015. It is key that we now have a online platform for accessing our music thanks to our many, many generous supporters and partners. We appreciate you and ask that you continue to be a part of bringing the music of Hugworks Children’s Network to children everywhere.

Registration Open for the 16th Annual KidLinks Energy Golf Classic!

loryn odonnell - Friday, June 17, 2016

The 16th Annual KidLinks Energy Golf Classic will be held October 17, 2016 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas.

 

 

This annual event provides companies with a way to make a difference in little lives everywhere as well as a direct avenue for generating positive community awareness about the independent energy industry and is one of the most effective energy-specific networking opportunities of the year! Once again the field will be limited to 60 foursomes to insure speed of play so get your registration in early!

 

As an added incentive, the first 25 teams/sponsors to register before July 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a YETI HOOPER!
More information on the event and team registration are both available online. 

 

All proceeds from this event will enable KidLinks to continue building and expanding the Hugworks Children’s Network. Using the latest in secure, child-safe, online media delivery, HCN will bring hope and joy to medically challenged children through inspiring original music, sing-along videos, games and more.
 
For sponsorship questions, please contact Diana Crawford at 817.994.9867 or diana@thekidlinks.org
All other questions, contact Stephanie Saucedo at 817.470.0286 or stephanie@thekidlinks.org

 

Noel Paul Stookey March 19th!

Stephanie Saucedo - Sunday, March 13, 2016

Though known best for his lengthy career with the legendary “Peter, Paul & Mary,” Noel Paul Stookey also has a wealth of personal music that he will be bringing to Poor David’s Pub on March 19th. His performances always feel intimate regardless of the size of the venue. There may be some tears and there will definitely be some laughter. Come join us for a wonderfully stimulating evening with a true icon.

 

 Check out just a few of Noel’s contributions to Hugworks Children’s Network HERE: “Inside” (also recorded by “Peter, Paul & Mary”, sings lead on “ImagiNation,” “It Wouldn’t Be A Zoo Without You,” Be Real,” “Garden Song,” “Lemme Be Your Friend”, and “Homemade Cookie”!

2016 Symphony of Chefs Sings Charitable Tune

Stephanie Saucedo - Monday, March 07, 2016

Another Symphony of Chefs is in the history books! KidLinks hosted its sixth annual Symphony of Chefs fine dining event on Monday, February 29th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Approximately 200 attendees experienced an amazing evening of fine dining with 19 local chefs each preparing a five-course dinner table side! More than $134,000 was raised to benefit therapeutic music programming for children who are critically ill or have other special needs.

 

Symphony of Chefs was a resounding success this year thanks to our amazing chefs, including Chef Dean Fearing, who all donated their time and talent to our cause. But, what made this year extra special was our ability to announce that, thanks to the money raised at last year’s Symphony of Chefs, we’ve been able to launch Hugworks Children’s Network in record time! We have a full plate of new songs, rhythm and beats, sing-along videos and other visual engagement additions that will be enabled as a result of this year’s table sponsors and guests.

 

We owe a special thanks to our Co-Chairs Bonnie and Nathan Shea and Summer and Jeff Olmstead and to our wonderful host committee for lending their names and support to the event. Our guests were entertained by the fun and upbeat music of the Dallas String Quartet Electric.

Click here to see our 2016 Photo Gallery!

Save the Date: 6th Annual Symphony of Chefs Fine Dining Experience

loryn odonnell - Monday, January 04, 2016

Experience a Chefs table like never before! A four-course meal prepared tableside for you and your guests by noted chefs like World Master Chef Salvatore Gisellu.

 
Monday, February 29, 2016 at Hyatt Regency, Dallas TX
 
Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this unique dining experience. To become a sponsor, please visit symphonyofchefs.com to register. Upon confirmation of your sponsorship, we will send invitations to your guests.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Crawford at 817.994.9867 or email diana@thekidlinks.org.
 
We look forward to another incredible Symphony of Chefs. Thank you for your continued support of KidLinks!

 

When Hugworks First Began...

loryn odonnell - Thursday, November 12, 2015

"I felt really awkward and inadequate to be singing with hospitalized children, never having done so before. And though the lobby setting with about 20 children gathered went okay, I felt my repertoire fell short of what the children needed. Just as I was putting my guitar away, a nurse asked me if I would go to a room and sing for a little four year old boy (we’ll call him Toby for purposes of family privacy) who was too ill to come out with the other kids. I agreed and she escorted me to his door. When she introduced me to this precious child and his Mom, she said ‘This is Jim. He sings and plays the guitar and he is going to make you feel better.’ Talk about feeling awkward and inadequate! Here I was with very few, if any, real children’s songs – singing with a very ill boy and a Mom worn out from countless days and nights of her hospital vigil – and I’m supposed to make them feel better?!
 
As the nurse disappeared out the door, I started to play and sing. I don’t remember exactly what song I did, and after it was over we just looked at each other in a tense silence – no claps, no smiles, no words. So, not knowing how to gracefully excuse myself, I began another song. In just a minute or so, I noticed that Toby was on the verge of a smile, so I immediately started another song. Almost instantly, Toby broke into a beautiful grin and began to clap his hands together, totally out of rhythm but absolutely and perfectly wonderful! His Mom looked at him in amazement and began to quietly cry - huge teardrops streaming down her face. That’s all it took for me! I began to cry too, but I kept playing and singing – and Toby kept smiling and clapping!
 
I visited with them for a few minutes, and when I had to go, Toby’s Mom walked me to the door. She said, ‘I don’t believe we’ll take Toby home from the hospital this time. I think we are going to lose him. But you gave us so much today. He hasn’t smiled like that in weeks, and he’s never clapped his hands to music that way! Thank you so very much!!’
 
As I walked down the hall, something inside told me this was where I belonged. Music and singing had always been so healing for me. Perhaps I could pass it on to children and families who needed songs of the heart.”


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