Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Service Guild Gala

Last Saturday night, Steve and I had the opportunity to get all dressed up for the Service Guild Gala.  It had been several years since we attended a black tie event, so we welcomed the chance to attend. The service guild is a 50 year old volunteer organization that supplies countless hours and help to the Bell Center of Homewood.

The Bell Center has provided quality early intervention services to infants and toddlers for over 30 years.  Children at risk for developmental delay receive services from teams which include a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist and an early childhood special education teacher as each child works on specific individual developmental goals.

Children come from throughout central Alabama with a wide variety of special needs and diagnoses ranging from cerebral palsy and Down syndrome to autism and rare genetic disorders.  However, children are not required to have a diagnosis or qualifying delay to attend The Bell Center.  As a result, The Bell Center also serves many children who were born prematurely or who do not have a specific diagnosis.  The volunteers of the service guild work alongside of the therapists to work with the young children.

Photo Booth with Julie, Tabby and Alisha
The Gala had a silent and live auction, as well as distributed donation cards around.  I don't know how much they raised that night, but it had to be a lot.  Between the two auctions, we ate dinner, and following all of that, we danced.  It was a fun night, and great to be with so many of our friends supporting a local organization.  We are already looking forward to next year's gala!

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