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Caring for Kids luncheon raises over $50,000 to support programs for families, children
the Inland Register
(From the Oct. 5, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Michael Gurian (left) was guest speaker for the annual Caring for Kids luncheon last month. With him is Dr. Rob McCann, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)
Over 450 people demonstrated their concern for the children of the community by attending the annual Caring for Kids luncheon at the Red Lion Inn on Sept. 19. Sponsored by, and benefiting, Catholic Charities and Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, the event raised just over $50,000 to help children attending St. Anne Children and Family Center or Morning Star.
KHQ-TV videotaped testimonials from people who have accessed services at both programs. The speakers attested to the programs’ power to change lives. Michael, a single adoptive father, spoke about the joys of raising his son Daniel, who is in a wheelchair. “It’s the programs at St. Anne that are making Daniel grow and become independent,” Michael said gratefully. “This is an organization that is incredibly responsive, effective, open to taking a child who doesn’t fit into a box and responding to his needs every single day. He’s starting to walk.”
Rob was equally enthusiastic about his experience at Morning Star. “It gave me a fighting chance of having a good, decent life,” he said. “It was the first place I’d heard words of praise. Now I have four kids, and I learned the guidelines of parenting at Morning Star: Be positive. Be encouraging.”
Keynote speaker for the luncheon was Michael Gurian, a social philosopher, family therapist, and best-selling author. Gurian, an expert in the field of gender differences as seen through the lens of neurobiology, spoke about the culture’s need for change if society is to properly nurture boys. After explaining some of the factors that evoke certain behaviors in boys and girls, Gurian concluded, “Boys and girls are inherently different. Socialization is not going to change it. The culture needs to adjust.”
Event co-chairs Denise Greco and Terri Caferro made sure that each guest received a copy of Gurian’s book Boys and Girls Learn Differently! The books were a gift from Caring for Kids in honor of the 10th anniversary of the event.