Teens to Dance at Prom, Thanks to Volunteers and Local Businesses

Aby at St. Mary's prom in 2015.

Aby at St. Mary’s prom in 2015.

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NORFOLK, Va. (May 17, 2016) — Eighteen young people with disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home will dress up on Sunday, May 22, to enjoy that typical teen rite of passage: prom. And they’re going to do it in style, with a downtown hotel generously donating ballroom space and several other businesses providing dresses, decorations, flowers, music and styling assistance at no charge.

St. Mary’s has put on prom on its campus every year since 2006. This Sunday’s prom will be the first held off campus, from 3-5 p.m. at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. VisitNorfolk, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, connected St. Mary’s with the hotel, which also offered to provide food plus space for the teens – eight girls and 10 boys – to primp for the big occasion.

“This is going to bring something special to prom that we haven’t had before,” said Nicole Hoskins Jones, St. Mary’s director of recreational therapy, which organizes prom.

The dance is a huge team effort that also involves many staff from other departments, as well as the teens’ families. In addition, students from Grassfield High School in Chesapeake and members of Lifepoint Christian Fellowship in Chesapeake will volunteer at prom, which of course will include the crowning of a king and queen.

Several other local businesses also have agreed to donate products and services:

  • Random Breeze Boutique in Virginia Beach provided prom dresses the girls selected themselves.
  • The new Edward Johnson Salon in Norfolk will send stylists and a makeup artist to the hotel to do the girls’ hair and makeup.
  • The New Leaf florist in Norfolk will provide corsages and boutonnieres.
  • Premier Events of Virginia Inc., of Virginia Beach, offered to donate a décor package, including a mural backdrop, a red carpet with stanchions and velvet ropes, table linens and chair covers, and centerpieces for the tables.
  • Play It Again DJs of Newport News will provide the music.

In addition, the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home, an annual supporter of prom, will rent tuxedos for the boys and help with any additional expenses to make this event special.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. With the opening of The Albero House at St. Mary’s in 2013 to provide care for adults 22 and over, St. Mary’s Home has shortened its name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Auxiliary Gala Raises More Than $85,000 to Help Children and Young Adults

Nancy Wilcox, left, president of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Home and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, with Mollie Pavlik, president of the Auxiliary Board. Wilcox presented Pavlik with flowers and a painting created by Koko, who lives at St. Mary’s, to thank her for leading the event. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

Nancy Wilcox, left, president of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Home and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, with Mollie Pavlik, president of the Auxiliary Board. Wilcox presented Pavlik with flowers and a painting created by Koko, who lives at St. Mary’s, to thank her for leading the event. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

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NORFOLK, Va. (May 16, 2016) — Children and young adults with disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home will enjoy more field trips and benefit from much-needed medical equipment with the success of a gala that raised more than $85,000 for the nonprofit.

After 10 years of events in Virginia Beach, the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home held its 11th annual Gala and Auction on April 16 at a new location: The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. Special guests included Lynn, who lives at St. Mary’s Home, as well as several current and former St. Mary’s families.

“The Gala is a time to celebrate the residents of St. Mary’s Home and our Albero House for adults, as well as the wonderful environment that our community partners, sponsors, families, friends and staff help provide for them,” Auxiliary President Mollie Pavlik said.

WVEC-TV weather forecaster Craig Moeller served as master of ceremonies as nearly 300 people had the opportunity to bid during silent and live auctions on items including jewelry, sports memorabilia, artwork, a trip to New York City and a stay in a centuries-old home in Provence, France. A special live auction just to fund field trips for the children of and young adults of St. Mary’s raised $16,000 from generous bidders.

Guests enjoyed bidding on a variety of prizes during an exciting live auction that was a highlight of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s 11th annual Gala and Auction on April 16 at The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

Guests enjoyed bidding on a variety of prizes during an exciting live auction that was a highlight of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s 11th annual Gala and Auction on April 16 at The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

For the sixth year in a row, the Gala’s Presenting Diamond Sponsor, Checkered Flag Auto Group, donated a car for the Auxiliary to raffle off at the end of the evening. The raffle raised about $20,000, with the 2016 silver Toyota Corolla going to Eugene Adams, 91, of Virginia Beach.

Additional Gala sponsors included:

  • Sapphire Sponsor — PRA Group
  • Emerald Sponsor — SAIC
  • Silent Auction Sponsors — Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Monarch Bank and Kerneos, Inc.
  • Reception Sponsor — PF&A Design
  • Friends of St. Mary’s — Hook Law Center, Mercer, Roof Engineering Corporation, TowneBank and Thompson, Siegel and Walmsley, LLC

The Norfolk Strolling Silver Strings provided musical entertainment for the evening. Volunteers from Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach handled registration, while members of the Key Club of Frank W. Cox High School volunteered as auction assistants.

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Members of Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, who handled registration at the Gala, and other guests had fun posing in front of a new backdrop with St. Mary’s new logo and tagline, “A good life.” (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. With the opening of The Albero House at St. Mary’s in 2013 to provide care for adults 22 and over, St. Mary’s Home has shortened its name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

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91-Year-Old Wins Car in Raffle to Help Kids with Disabilities

SMH Car Raffle Winner

From left: Checkered Flag BMW General Manager Todd Collins, St. Mary’s CEO William C. Giermak, Auxiliary Board President Mollie Pavlik, lucky car winner Eugene Adams, St. Mary’s Director of Annual Giving Mary Helen Hilton and Auxiliary Board Treasurer Marie Siebeking.

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NORFOLK, Va. (May 2, 2016) — Eugene Adams, 91, pulled up to St. Mary’s Home in a 25-year-old Jeep. He drove away from the nonprofit in a brand new Toyota Corolla.

Checkered Flag Auto Group, which operates multiple dealerships in Virginia Beach, donated the silver car for the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home to raffle. Adams bought the winning ticket in the drawing, which raised about $20,000 to help 100 children and young adults with severe disabilities who live at St. Mary’s.

Auxiliary Board President Mollie Pavlik handed over the keys to Adams when his daughter brought him to St. Mary’s to sign paperwork to take ownership of the car. She told him she was very excited that he had won.

“YOU’RE excited?” Adams replied with a grin.

Todd Collins, general manager of Checkered Flag BMW, arranged the giveaway and was on hand to greet Adams and show him some of the car’s features. This was the sixth year in a row that Checkered Flag donated a car to the Auxiliary raffle. The winning ticket was pulled during the Auxiliary’s Gala and Auction on April 16 at the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center in Norfolk.

Adams said he bought his raffle tickets — 10 in all for a total of $200 — to help the children of St. Mary’s.

The Virginia Beach resident met his wife in 1946 when he was a Corsair pilot on the USS Midway aircraft carrier at Oceana Naval Air Station. They were married nearly 67 years when she passed away in 2014.

Adams, who turned 91 in March, said he’s “almost too old for a new car,” but that he definitely needed one. “Ninety-one is a heck of an age to win a new car,” he said. “But that is how the ball bounces.”

He said he’d never won anything before, except for a basket of groceries. The car, he said, was a much better prize.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. With the opening of The Albero House at St. Mary’s in 2013 to provide care for adults 22 and over, St. Mary’s Home has shortened its name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Click here to download release.