In this month's newsletter:
- The Bill Carrico Memorial Baseball Game
- Harbor House Participants Explore The Luci Center
- Volunteer Spotlight – Camilla Reyer
- Upcoming Lighthouse Tour Dates
- Introducing The Lighthouse Society
- Update on the Respite House
- 2009 Ken-Ducky Derby Wrap-Up
- Harbor House Needs
- Participant Spotlight – Kitty N.
Harbor House staff and participants had the 1st Annual Bill Carrico Baseball Game on Friday, June 5th 2009. Participants and staff made t-shirts and posters for the game. There were two teams that had both staff members and participants. Everyone had a great time. Those that watched the game, held up signs and routed their teams on. There was even an attempt to get the “wave” going. The game ended in a tie and it was decided that we would do this every year for our beloved friend.
In early October, Harbor House was presented with a check from the estate of Bill Carrico as a memorial gift. Bill’s gift will be used to support our therapy garden by installing raised flower beds that are wheelchair-accessible. Because of Bill’s incredible generosity, we are able to provide new and exciting enrichment skills to the participants whom he loved dearly.
Harbor House of Louisville received a grant through Churchill Downs to attend the Luci Center. The Luci Center is a non-profit organization in Shelbyville, Kentucky that provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy for individuals with disabilities. The mission of The Luci Center is to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of individuals through horse-related activities. Housed on a 26-acre farm, The Luci Center offers volunteers and participants a beautiful and peaceful environment where the unique experience of interaction and learning about horses takes place.
The Churchill Downs grant also allowed Harbor House the opportunity to rent wheelchair-accessible vans so that participants that are non-ambulatory could also take part in the activities. The participants have loved this experience because they get the chance to groom, feed, pet and walk along side of the horses. The participants came back to Harbor House with stories of what they did and how proud they were that they had the opportunity to help with the horses.
I would like to tell you about a volunteer that we have at Harbor House of Louisville. Camilla Reyer and her neighbor each bought a duck adoption from Harbor House in 2008 and thought that this event sounded really neat. Later in the following year, they were discussing The Ken-Ducky Derby and wondered when those duck adoptions would be out again. So, Camilla took it upon herself to call Harbor House and find out a little more information about it and our organization. I was lucky enough to take the call and invited her to join us for a tour the next morning. Camilla came to an “Experience Harbor House Tour” on June 2nd, 2009. She was touched by her tour, and immediately afterwards, she told me that she wanted to become a volunteer for Harbor House. She even stayed that same day to help out in our mail department. Four months later, we have a solid volunteer here who averages 20 hours per week volunteering.
Camilla has volunteered in the mail department, for the administrative staff, the receptionist desk, at our fundraising breakfast event in June 2009 and in many various ways for our Ken-Ducky Derby event, including putting together supplies for festivals, volunteering at the festivals, doing data entry of our duck adoptions and much much more.
Camilla has formed friendships at Harbor House with our staff, some board members and most importantly, our participants. When our participants see Camilla walk through the door, they instantly have a smile on their face and want to talk to her about their lives and how she is doing. She has become an important member of our Harbor House Family, and we cannot be more grateful for all of her support and time that she has given us. She is an amazing woman that we are proud to say is a volunteer at Harbor House of Louisville.
- November 3rd - 8:30am
- November 19th - 1:00pm
- December 1st - 8:30am
At our June 2009 Fundraising Breakfast, Harbor House unveiled a new giving level society, aptly named “The Lighthouse Society.” To become a Lighthouse Society member, an individual (or company) pledges a commitment to Harbor House at the following levels:
- Harbor Light - $1,000 per year for 5 years
- Beacon of Light - $10,000 per year for 5 years
- Light Keeper - $25,000 per year for 5 years
Thanks to our new Lighthouse Society members for making your pledge to Harbor House!
- The Respite House is a designated area for participants to visit for a longer period of time to give a brief “respite” to their families or caretakers.
- The ground has been cleared, and a landscaping crew is due to come in to spruce up the outside areas.
We are looking to pour the concrete for the driveway within this month.
- Due to a generous grant from the Gheens Foundation, we hope to be finished by Spring 2010.
On Saturday, September 26th, 2009, Harbor House hosted its Sixth Annual Ken-Ducky Derby and Maeser Masters Services Family Festival at Waterfront Park to raise funds for the programs and services that Harbor House provides for the disabled community.
This year’s Ken-Ducky Derby was very special to us as we dumped a record 25,000 ducks into the Ohio River. Through the generosity of our 2009 sponsors, we also were able to claim a record number of sponsorship dollars, which was up 11% from last year’s Ken-Ducky Derby.
This year’s prizes included a 2009 Honda Civic, donated by Sam Swope Honda World; a 2009 Kymco Agility Scooter, donated by Station Park Honda; and three Republic Bank Savings Bonds for $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively.
The Family Festival included performances by bluegrass band Hog Operation, rockabilly band The Ladybirds, Louisville-area DJ duo OK Deejays and appearances by Monica Hardin of WLKY News, Gary Clark of Country Legends 103.9, Republic Bank Chairman Bernard Trager, Sam Swope Auto Group President Dick Swope and Churchill Downs Bugler Steve Buttleman, who performed “My Old Kentucky Home” and the Call to the Post.
Thank you very much to all of our sponsors, volunteers and duck adopters for making this year’s Ken-Ducky Derby a successful event!
Kitty has been working at Harbor House since Feb 15th 2004. She loves making money to support her shopping habit. She also loves to talk and tell her stories about her upcoming trips to see her family or Christmas when her family comes in for the Harbor House Christmas show. Kitty has an extremely large family who live in different places but are very close with Kitty and involved in the support and services that she receives. Kitty has three sisters and two brothers.
Every year, Kitty’s family plans a get together in August to celebrate Kitty’s birthday. She usually travels to a different sibling’s house, and the rest of the family comes in town to have a party, and they call the annual event “Kittypalooza.” This year, they met up at her brother, Richard’s, house in Birmingham, Alabama, and it was a luau-themed party out by the pool. All of her family came to visit; even her brother that lives in California made it with his grandson. It was the first time that Kitty got to meet her newest nephew, and she was excited. It was one of the biggest and best Kittypalooza yet; the family had a wonderful time seeing Kitty.
Each year for Christmas, her family comes down to support Kitty in her performance at the Christmas show. Kitty always puts on a good show. Most people who know Kitty also know her signature pose: one hand on her head and the other on her hip. Kitty loves getting her picture taken and pretending that she is a movie star. Kitty’s name fits her eccentric personality. You will find Kitty dressed in a uniquely Kitty outfit daily, she loves to get dressed up and accessorizing. One of Kitty’s favorite places to go (besides the mall) is the bank which she calls the bankiepoo. She loves going to the bank, not just to get money, but to see her friends that work there. Kitty loves to walk in and say hi to all of the workers, as she pours herself a cup of coffee. Then, she goes around, telling everyone about her latest adventures. Kitty never meets a stranger and everywhere that she goes people remember her.