2012 HNC Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 2:30pm-5:30pm
Hilton Charlotte Univeristy Place
8629 JM Keynes Drive – Charlotte, NC 28027
Holiday Celebration Rocks!
HNC’s December 1st Holiday Celebration lacked snow and reindeer, but in every other respect, it was a holiday hoot with all the trimmings – including a dynamic appeal to use the holidays as a time to rededicate ourselves to helping others who are less fortunate. After all, the theme was “A Little Help Can Make A World of Difference.”
Approximately 200 people attended the festive event, which was held at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte. Guests heeded HNC’s call to bring toothbrushes and toothpaste for African children with bleeding disorders, and as a result of their generosity, hundreds of youngsters will have the means to maintain good oral health.
Barry Haarde, a bicyclist who has recently ridden all the way across America for an international charity called “Save One Life,” gave a moving account of his family’s struggles with bleeding disorders during the “Bad Blood” era and in the years that have followed. Despite his own illness and grief, Mr. Haarde expressed an iron determination to prevail over adversity and use his experiences to help others. He inspired all listeners with a new sense of what it means to “give” and a new appreciation for the moral and emotional rewards of helping others.
Crystal Hoernlein, who serves as the volunteer Program Coordinator for HNC’s SOAR group, spoke of the program’s services to women and girls with bleeding disorders. She invited all women and girls with bleeding disorders to take part in SOAR and find emotional and practical support for the challenges in their lives.
Kathy Register received HNC’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her work throughout the transition in Executive Directors from Sue Cowell to Tom Bennett. Kathy served for four months as the unpaid Interim Executive Director in addition to her ongoing work as HNC’s Treasurer, a post she has held for five years. “In almost thirty years as a non-profit executive, I have never encountered a volunteer leader who has shown more skill and dedication than Kathy Register. She is amazing, and HNC is very fortunate to have her steadfast support,” Bennett said.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in plenty of time to distribute gifts to all the children. Each child had a special opportunity to share his or her wish list with the jolly old fellow. We want to thank the Crotts family for all that they do to make this event a time of joy and wonder for the kids.
Every family received a holiday goody bag, but that could be saved for later because the buffet lunch assured that no one left hungry.
After the celebration, those families who wanted to do so had an opportunity to drive through the Carolina Christmas Light Show at Carolina Motor Speedway. This is one of the largest light shows in the country, and the display is said to include more than 3,000,000 lights.
|Thank you to the Carolina Lights Show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for their generosity over the past two years. We encourage you to visit the lights show this Holiday season!
||Thank you to the Hilton for donating a portion of their services to this year's Holiday Celebration!