Energy Golf Classic
Monday, October 15, 2018
Gleneagles Country Club
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Co-chairs, Vinette & Mike Montgomery and Georgia & Marc Lyons, welcomed guests to the 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred.
This year, Honorary Chef Chair Emeritus, Salvatore Gisellu, of Urban Family Restaurants passed the knife on to Honorary Chef, Tiffany Derry, who assembled an army of 25 accomplished chefs who created a global inspired 4-course dinner that was prepared table-side and paired with over 40 wines representing 8 regions.
Thank you to everyone to helped us hit a new fundraising record of just over $260,000 raised!
This event would not be what it is today without the generous support of our sponsors, both longstanding and new. Twelve of our twenty-five tables were hosted by supporters who have returned to this annual dining experience five or more times - seven of the twelve have actually attended all eight events. Thank you!
Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks efforts to linking Kids to Health & Healing Through Music and Media. For more information and a full listing of the 2018 event sponsors and chefs, visit http://www.thekidlinks.org/soc.html
We have hit the ground running in 2018, and we are off to a great start! Check out some highlights and upcoming events:
We were honored once again last week to complete a mini-tour in Southeast Texas. We were able to provide Therapeutic Music Entertainment programs and distribute audio CDs, animated DVDs and rhythm shakers for over 200 kiddos and caregivers. Our travels took us to Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, to Shriners Children’s Hospital – Burn Center, UT Medical Branch John Sealy Hospital, and Moody Memorial First Church’s Day School in Galveston. As always, when we sing with and for children, we had singers, shakers & smilers.
All of us at KidLinks are grateful to all of our donors and grantors, who make it possible for us to continue our therapeutic music and media services for so many. Thanks to all of you for your generosity – together, we are making a difference!
We received an email asking if we still sold our albums. They touched us with their experience of our mission and it just so happens that we are re-creating their story in a video. Stay tuned to see how it all turns out!
The 8^th Annual Symphony of Chefs will take place on February 26^th! A Global Fare will dress the night for guests as they embark on a culinary excursion with their chef's region of choice. From Southern flare, all the way to Tuscany and Japan; our chefs will help make this night an evening of culinary excellence!
We are collaborating with one of our hospital partners, Cook Children’s, on a live recording session for their littlest patients! The guys from HCN: Jim, Paul, Josh, Luqman, and Willy are coming back to record an hour-long concert singing the songs you love from Hugworks Children’s Network. Kids who are able will have the opportunity to join in on the fun right in the studio! For the kiddos who are bed bound and unable to leave their room, the concert will be broadcast straight to their televisions .
March is Child Life Month, and KidLinks would like to offer a special salute to this wonderful group of professionals. Since our initiation into the world of working with hospitalized children almost 35 years ago, Child Life Specialists have been a guiding force for us. They have offered invaluable direction as we wrote songs and developed musical programs, helping us understand the messages most important to deliver to the fragile children in their care. To this day, we have a team of Child Life Specialists who review every song prior to its deployment on Hugworks Children’s Network to ensure we are capturing the therapeutic messages that are healthy for kids. THANK YOU!
The KidLinks Board of Directors (BOD) expanded as we welcomed five (5) new members to the team. KidLinks has also added a brand-new leadership role, serving on the Advisory Council (AC) are three (3) new members. We are excited for the expansion of our leadership team and the expertise all of our BOD and AC members bring to the table as KidLinks continues to grow.
2018 KidLinks Board of Directors and Advisory Council Members are: J.W. Brown, President & Board Chair, Jesse Betts, Wes Butler, Jeanne Dillon, Adam Hall, Janice Kane, James Markus, and Vineeta Vogel. Advisory Council members are: Jon Glass, Grant Hollingsworth and Courtney Kraft.
All of these events are happening because of the gracious people in our lives who believe in this work and strive to help KidLinks reach more kids every day! We are forever grateful for you, Thank you!
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!
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!
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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!
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.
The 16th Annual KidLinks Energy Golf Classic will be held October 17, 2016 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas.
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”!