Friday, October 31, 2008

Less than a week!

So Metamorphosis looks like a groovy way to spend a Thursday evening, don't you think? The artists we've featured here are just a smattering of what will be represented. So many great compositions and artisan items!

And I love the idea that you could go Christmas shopping that night with us, not have to pay sales tax on your purchases, and 100% of whatever you spend goes to fight the cancers that are in children's brains. Isn't that incredible?

And if it weren't already obvious enough, this event, this cause is terrifyingly important. We realize that we're not a "national nonprofit brand" (some businesses have told us as much.), and we know that what we're attempting is formidable, but we've got to start somewhere, and we can't do it alone. This is bigger than me & Chad and the board, bigger than the family. It is our hope that enough of you join us to make this bigger than the cancer.

Over the course of the past year as planning for these events has taken priority, we've put every spare minute and plenty of our own cash into these efforts. We believe in this work. In hindsight, I can't imagine a more productive way, though, to spend those minutes and dollars than to help these families fight the good fight. I would hope that if it were me spending night & day watching my child slip away, that somebody, anybody, would care enough to help.

So another round of thank yous to all who are caring & sharing! Can't wait to see you next week!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for good business, meaning helpful business, community-conscious business, generous business, people business. With all of the planning for the events this season, we have become keenly aware of those kinds of people who run businesses that have helped us do what we've needed to do. Without them, we'd be nada.

So for Metamorphosis 2008, we have a slew of generous people who have donated gift items on behalf of their companies, just like:

New Letters on the Air
Curious Sofa
Gold n Designs
Trezo Mare
Johnny's Tavern
Brookside Avenues Bistro
Hollydays Aesthetics
Kansas City Steak Company
Kansas City Royals
Riffels Coffee Company
Dirty Laundry
Pophearts/Catfish & Tater
Best Buy
Sopra Salon & Spa
Cockrell Mercantile
Nell Hill's
Sandy Braun Photography
PS Sweets
Tastefully Simple
Lia Sophia
Fairfield Inn
Pamela's Interior Design
M. Culture
Paradise Park
Capital Grille

These are businesses that I will favor over others in their neighborhoods or in their categories. These are the places where I feel like my money is valued, where I can be more than just a dollar sign, where I become a bona fide patron.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Get to know the artists, #6.

Always in demand, photographer Kelly Jackson has an abundant and natural ability to discover gorgeous compositions, be it human or otherwise, with her camera.

From her site: My desire is to always shoot more from my heart than my head. Though there are rules to follow and techniques to assist, I believe photography is about moments - emotions - breath - finding the beauty in the every day and the extraordinary in the commonplace.

She has a healthy wanderlust, as well, that has served as both cultural invitation and scrumptious buffet of subjects for her fine art photography, such as the buildings of Prague, Midtown life in Manhattan and as you will find next Thursday: the beauty of Venice.

With a client list that includes The New Yorker, Wine Spectator, Notre Dame, Microsoft, Apple, The American Red Cross, Carnegie Endowment and an award list that boasts American Illustration, Print Regional Design Annual, Applied Arts Magazine, Pixel Perfect, Harper Collins and Graphis, Ken Orvidas and his illustrations have excelled.

Ken's art often features conceptual images using digital tools, paint, graphic illustrations using pencil, acrylic, scanned textures and objects. He creates illustrations for books, magazines and new media. Keep an eye out for his style the next time you peruse through your fave magazine and of course, next Thursday ...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Get to know the artists, #5.

Just a week & a half to go! And next up are two wonderfully talented sets of eyes.

One look at Sheri Berry Designs, and you'll be enchanted by Sheri Seibold's lively ability to make that which is old altogether new again.

From her site: Sheri works from her studio in a 1937 cottage in a small town near downtown Kansas City, surrounded by collections of vintage textiles, cards, pins, plates, and other artifacts that delight and inspire her. For Sheri and her family, “retro” is not a style applied to newly manufactured items, but a way of life filled with old furniture, bedding, kitchenware, and art that have been lost, found, and pressed into joyful service again.

For us, she has donated select pieces of her own collage art created with one-of-kind, vintage ephemera pieces. Superbly darling. If that weren't enough, her highly artistic ingenue daughter, Shelby, has also contributed a piece that is equally charming.

We pleased to include two contributions from Robert Mizono.

From his site: Born & raised in San Francisco, California, Robert studied art & design at the Univerity of California at Berkley and City College of San Francisco where his love affair with the camera began.

Robert has also traveled the world extensively on behalf of his clients, like Coca Cola, Federal Express, LL Bean and Nike.

As an avid fly fisherman, it's easy to see Robert's uncanny eye for the unguarded moments in natural environments. One part voyeur, one part participant, both vantage points beautifully coexist in his work.

More generous thanks to these two contributors for being part of something good.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for all of our new friends that have made the art+gift auction possible. It is through their benevolence that we can do what we do.

Studio 2131 was the very first to sign on to make this event happen. The space is gorgeously comfortable; stylish without being stuffy. And it's located in the up & coming Kansas City arts area known as the Crossroads District. Not a day has gone by when we don't remind ourselves how incredibly blessed we are to have their support.

Softee. Four friends. Loads of talent. Self described "low-fi girly indie pop." Yep, these ladies of lo-fi are rockin' the city scene. We are so pumped to have them with us on November 6! And see that art up there? That's their newest CD, available at Streetside Records in Westport!

La Bodega is THE spot in K.C. if you want a phenomenal array of Spanish tapas or "small plates." From their site: Tapas represents the Spanish custom of placing a piece of bread over the glass of wine. It is a custom that dates back past the 1500's. Traditionally, the exact food served is less important than the social occasion. Tapas is a way of life. It signifies leisure, camaraderie and good humor. In Spain, Tapas are almost always accompanied by wine. They are so much about talking as they are about eating and drinking. The wine is the medium that hold the conversation, with friends and the food together. You make time to enjoy the moment in an unhurried way.

D'Bronx is a hands down, the best New-York-style deli right here in K.C. Slices of 'za so big you have to fold 'em. And the shrimp bisque? So good you'll slurp. When I lived in Midtown, this was a fave for lunch and weekend people watching.

Room 39 epitomizes the local food movement, which I heartily applaud. The fewer miles your food has to travel, the more deliciously fresh & nutritious is it. From their site: Focusing on seasonal, fresh and locally grown ingredients, Room 39 is the premiere location in Kansas City for seasonal American food. We are proud to support local agriculture. Love that.

The Foundry at McCoy's is "home of the half-pound, Velveeta-stuffed, juicy-Lucy hamburger." Quite a feat, no? Not only that, they pride themselves on knowing and serving the best liquid wheat around, like lagers, pale ales, ambers, the Belgians, porters, stouts and much more. We thank them greatly for donating a bit of adult libation to the art auction festivities.

Sunset Grill.
Who would have thought a piece of the Caribbean was in Overland Park? 'Tis true. Sunset Grill hosts great wine tastings--even rum tastings--and offers free Texas Hold'em poker at 8:00 PM every Monday. And if you want to sample their really, really, really, really fantastic artichoke & jalapeno dip, come hang with us at the auction. ;)

Heard of Magnolia Bakery in NYC? How 'bout Sprinkles on the west coast? Well, make way because there's a new cupcake in town.
Sweet City Cupcakes
are made with local & organic ingredients, making them even more delish. And they're by delivery only right now, which means, you get cupcakes delivered to your door. A dream come true for me. Not only that ... they also support Cupcakes for a Cause, a national fundraising event Oct. 20-26 sponsored by local bakeries who sell cupcakes to earn funds for CancerCare for Kids program, which provides free support services to children affected by cancer and their families. We LOVE Sweet City Cupcakes for their baking expertise, but we love them more for their heart. Come bid with us on November 6 and taste 'em for yourself!

Thomas creates a beautifully cozy atmosphere on 39th Street in Midtown Kansas City to enjoy a great glass of wine. And every Tuesday through Saturday, they have live music to go with your oyster mushroom bruschetta. One of the best date night spots around.

Our Price Chopper market in Lee's Summit, Mo., has graciously provided soft drinks for the auction. Not only are we thankful for their contribution, but we also appreciate the fact that Price Chopper stores are locally owned, and there is ALWAYS some sort of community event that they are supporting, be it emergency medical assistance to Kansas City families or the Dream Factory or labels for school funding. They are our Do Good market here in the metro, and we are so thankful for that.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Get to know the artists, #4.

We are honored, pleased, humbled and ecstatic to introduce you to another contributor to Metamorphosis 2008. Please welcome, Ms. Amy Butler! From her home in Granville, Ohio, Amy is an international textile designer with a fan base that certainly includes moi and thousands of others. Her bold, vivacious patterns and keen eye for modern color combinations are summed up nicely with her trademarked "Midwest modern" style, which has been published into several incarnations, like this:

She designs fabrics like these:

to make things like this:

and this:

From her site: I've never given a second thought to being an artist. It's really who I am, and what I enjoy. I'm inspired by my surroundings, my friends, my family, nature, and the rich textures of everyday life. I was never much on following trends. I like to remove myself from the cultural influences and design from a very intimate point of view. I collect vintage fabrics and use them in all of my work. I love the hunt, I love flea markets and shops and traveling abroad to find inspiration.

We love how comfortably hip her style is, and we hope you do, too. And you know our Good Business friend A-1 Singer Sewing? I bet they could help you make a tres chic Amy Butler quilt to snuggle with this winter. ;)

We're also equally thrilled to bring you the fine stylings of award-winning illustrator Grady McFerrin!

Grady has a fantastically funky portfolio of cool concert posters and delightfully artistic wine bottle labels--looks for his art the next time you need a nice bottle of Italian spumante from Bonny Doon Vineyard.

From his site: Born in Long Beach, Calif. Studied illustration at Cal State, Long Beach. Lived in Florence, Italy, San Francisco and now Brooklyn. My drawings can be seen on several wine labels and stationery products. My art has been recognized by AIGA, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, American Illustration and Print Magazine.

His ability to breathe casual sophistication into energetic typography & illustrated images charms both the eye & the brain. Hope you get that when you see his work in person in just a couple weeks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get to know the artists, #3

One of Kansas City's most recent, well-known artists is the ever-present John Ferry. John received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Best known for his angular depictions of urban landscapes like Kansas City, New York City and even Wrigley Field, John's use of architectural contrast coupled with one of his styles of piling oil paint into textural froths on the canvas makes what could seem cold & simply geometric into something hypnotically inviting.

We know how very lucky we are to have his contribution for Metamorphosis. We hope whoever leaves with his piece knows that, too.

Nearing the opposite end of the spectrum, we present to you artist Brenda Walton.

From her site: For two years, I worked and traveled throughout New Zealand, my mother’s homeland. I learned to truly appreciate the beauty of nature in the awe-inspiring environment that surrounded me. The exotic tropical flowers and fruits were a great source of delight, and became the subject of my drawings and paintings. I experimented with new forms of artistic expression, which reaffirmed my belief that art would always be part of my life.

While traveling in New Zealand, I discovered my love of calligraphy. It all began with a gift from a dear friend – a two-dollar instructional book on hand-lettering, a broad-edged pen and a bottle of ink. I quickly became intrigued by the art of calligraphy and began filling my journals with decorative words and images.

From her studio in Sacremento, Calif., Brenda currently creates art for commerce in the forms of letterpress cards, craft materials and partyware. She has a truly exquisite style, and for us, she has generously contributed one of her charming calligraphic compositions of perhaps her favorite place in the world: Paris.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Get to know the artists, #2.

More Metamorphosis 2008 artists!

Shawna Carpenter Stobaugh
As an illustration & graphic design artist in Kansas City, Shawna has a wonderfully warm and welcoming quality to her child-friendly artwork. You can check out her other prints on her Etsy site, too.

Shawna has donated two sets of her adorable artwork for you to see on November 6.

Jim Wehtje
From his bio: I was born in 1968—a great year for our country—and named after James Madison. I grew up in Massachusetts, endlessly building treehouses or with Legos or with snow ... X-ray photography became my specialty. I was the first to market with non-medical radiographs through a major stock company ... this lead to domestic and international assignments.

Did you catch that? Jim is a radiographer. He makes his art with an X-ray machine. Who knew? Residing in Rochester, NY, Jim has kindly donated three radiographs: a beautiful tulip row, a collection of shells and an allium.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Get to know the artists, #1.

The Kyrie Foundation is delighted and insurmountably grateful to have so many esteemed & talented artists from all over the country donating to our November 6 event, Metamorphosis 2008: Where Tears Turn into Triumph. While she was ill, one of the things that Kyrie enjoyed was coloring. So we thought coloring & art & creative expression could be a significant concept for a Kyrie Foundation fundraiser, thus, the art auction! And what a great way for the rest of us to learn about emerging and established creatives as well as purchase pieces that contribute to the cause.

We'd like to take the next couple of weeks to introduce you to these generous artists and the work they create. First up:

Jack E. Davis, a wonderfully imaginative children's book illustrator.

From the HarperCollins site: Jack E. Davis has illustrated many picture books, including the best-sellers Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow and Music Over Manhattan by Mark Karlins. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Jack has donated a full-color illustration from one of his books as well as offering a signed copy of that publication. Perfect for a meaningful and original Christmas gift, don't you think?

Next? Tremendously talented photographer Mark Laita.

From his site: Based in Los Angeles since 1986, Mark also maintains a studio in New York City ... Mark's still life photography has been featured in campaigns for clients as diverse as Sony, Budweiser, Mini Cooper and Apple Computer's iMacs and iPods. His work as been recognized year after year by Communications Arts, Archive, Graphis, the One Show and the Kelly Awards.

Easy to see why he's such an award winner, huh? Mark has generously donated two incredible animal prints to the art auction. Can't wait for you to come and check out his work for yourself in just a couple of weeks.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for talents. I'm thankful for a few of my own, but I'm more thankful to be the recipient of others' talents. Whether it's the person who's willing to make phone calls or the designer that offers her incredible eye for color or the one who steps up and starts speaking eloquently or the one who just offers an idea out of the blue--and then does it!

I'm thankful for seeing and hearing and experiencing those talents, like when you hear an aria or see a phenomenal painting or taste an exquisite meal. How lucky we are to all have been blessed with so many different gifts that, when pooled together, rock the world.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Scrappin' good time!

So, of all days to forget the camera.

While I wait & beg for those who did not forget their cameras on the day of the big crop to send photos (please!), we'll share some of the highlights.

First off, a big thank you to Family Church for allowing us to use their facilities. Everything was clean, fun & easy to navigate. Even the bathrooms were great! Another big thank you goes to our dedicated volunteers. Whether it was moving those incredibly heavy tables, prepping the meals or working at registration, the event couldn't have happened without you.

One of our big priorities was to make sure that we took care of our guests as well as we could. We are in the cancer-curing business not the scrapbooking business, so we tried to be as thoughtful as possible, (without really being experts on the needs of scrappers). We wanted this to be a place where you could come relax, be a little pampered, focus on your projects, have some fun and maybe get a prize. And from the resounding approval from our croppers, I think we might have achieved that.

For me, it was fantastic to see all these women--the mothers and grandmothers, sisters, daughters, the nurturers and caregivers, the cooks and nurses, the ones who pull life together for their families and add verve to their friendships--spend a couple moments doing something that makes them happy. We loved provided them a lunch & a dinner that they didn't have to prepare. We loved offering the opportunity to get a massage or a pedicure without having to rush to pick someone up or drop something off. Several times, I saw women singing along with the music or sharing a laugh with their neighbor. Two friends who had been scrapping for hours at different tables discovered each other half way through the day! We love that.

What's really amazing is that the hobby that these women have ends up being created, once again, for their families. Their creative expression becomes treasured heirlooms. Incredible, isn't it?

We were happy to bring you the wonderful wares from The Angel Company, ScrapFunAttic, Uppercase Living, Close to My Heart and Scentsy candles and even happier that those vendors agreed to be there with us. Thank you!

The luncheon deli sandwiches were a fresh, simple way to keep up the creative energy and that luscious lasagna for dinner--mmmm, magnifique! Anyone want to post a comment about those heavenly cookies homemade by Kyrie's great nana Norma? Oh my goodness. She could put that Otis Spunkenmeyer right outta business!

And before this event had ended, we had already heard from many of you asking about the next one! Wow! So ... we're planning the 2009 Kyrie Foundation Krop for the early spring. We thank each and every one of you who attended; your presence helped us get that much closer to finding a cure for our children.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Kyrie Krop!

Had a ton of fun on Saturday meeting & greeting some of the most creative, nicest women in Wichita! And ... we hit our goal for raising those research funds with this event--pretty fantastic, huh? Will post pictures soon!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Kyrie Krop

It's this Saturday! Pass it on!!
This Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Family Church on west Kellogg, we'll be hosting a fundraising scrapbooking crop! There are still a few seats left, and each seat means there's one more person who's fighting pediatric brain cancer. The crop begins at 9:00 a.m. and goes to 11:00 p.m., but you can come for as long or as little as you want. Need to duck out for something & come back? That's okay, too.
Just $40 a seat and that includes lunch from Jason's Deli, a delish Italian dinner from Big John's, a fantastic goodie bag worth nearly $20, loads of door prizes, freebies and use of a shared tool station with paper punches, inks and a electronic die-cutting machine.

Did we mention that lunch AND dinner are included?

How 'bout massages? Did we mention that? Yep, you can opt for a quick chair massage or a longer, relaxing massage in a quiet area with massage therapist Amanda Thome. And it's free-will donation! Wa-hoo!!

And pedicures? Yep, we'll have those there, too.

OH--and a scrapper's afternoon garage sale? You wouldn't believe all the cool, brand new stuff at clearance prices. Best of all: every cent fights pediatric brain cancer!

How about free, all-you-can-drink Starbucks Breakfast Blend coffee and freshly brewed iced tea? Yep!

And a mini class project? Yep, sign up that morning for an quickie afternoon class to make and complete a cool Halloween mini book--just 10 spaces available!

We hear that plenty of you are bringing your half-finished (or haven't started!) projects, like scrapbook layouts, Christmas cards, handmade cards, party invites, handmade Christmas gifts and teacher's gift projects. You could even bring your knitting or crocheting, if you wanted !!! Just load up what you want to work on, and we'll give you the environment!

There's till time to let us know if you'd like to be there with us. Just e-mail Christy Freeman and simply bring you check, cash or credit card with you Saturday morning. No problem!
To register online with credit card, visit To reserve a seat, e-mail or call Christy Freeman at or 316-584-2966. For more info on the event (and a map!), visit our web site:

Can't wait to see you Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Metamorphosis 2008: Where Tears Turn into Triumph, a silent art+gift auction to benefit The Kyrie Foundation

As some of our favorite and most loyal supporters, you are officially and warmly invited to Metamorphosis 2008, Where Tears Turn into Triumph, a silent art+gift auction to benefit The Kyrie Foundation!

Thursday, November 6, 2008
Studio 2131 in the Crossroads District
2131 Washington • Kansas City, MO
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Bidding ends at 8:30 p.m.

$20 per person in advance online
$25 at the door

Ticket includes hors d'ouvres, beer, wine, meet & greet with artists and live music by the super-cool, chick band Softee.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of David Morris Photography, this event is in the heart of Kansas City's urban arts district. We cannot say thank you enough for their amazing generosity to a brand new nonprift on the Kansas city scene.

Come bid on art & gifts generously donated by talented designers, painters, photographers & artisans as well as area notables, like Nell Hill's, Kansas City Royals, The Kansas City Steak Company, New Letters on the Air and many, many more!

As you can imagine, we're very excited about this event. Something fun, funky and a good, unique, affordable way to start your holiday shopping! If you do not live in the K.C. area, but know someone who does, feel free to let 'em know about our very first fundraiser in Kansas City. We'd love to meet new supporters who are important to you.

One note: there are a limited number of tickets, so be sure to get yours today!

In the following weeks we'll let you know more about several of our stellar donating artists. Super cool stuff!

For more information about the event or to buy tickets now, visit

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Any given Tuesday.

I find myself thinking about children with brain cancer probably 100 times a day. I think of the babies, the toddlers, the 9-year-olds, the teens and all of their families who woke up today fighting. I think of those families as I do my normal American stuff, like get in my car for another dreary commute or when I check my chock-full e-mail or when I go to the grocery store to buy broccoli and pomegranate juice. Then I think about all the people who aren't thinking about it. And I come full circle knowing that awareness is one of our biggest hurdles.

As we plan & hold Kyrie Foundation events, we have people like you who come, who help, who offer, who volunteer, who give and give generously. You have made The Kyrie Foundation happen! But I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you how hard it is to get others to care. In the Kansas City area, for example, it seems like the town is exploding with nonprofit events, which says a lot about the kind of citizens we are, but when a brand new and vitally important organization comes on the scene, it's extremely difficult to get noticed and in turn get support. Some media won't promote because we're too small. Some entities won't help us because if they help us, then they have to help everybody. (I say, what's wrong with that?) Some businesses say they already support The Bolivian Bowlers Association. Some organizations won't include our event because it's not their event.

It's hard to hear. It's hard to think that while there are plenty of worthy causes, we are a cause where children's lives depend on what the rest of us do. It's hard to hear because this is the number one form of kids cancer and no one really knows that. It's hard to hear because we know that we're the only organization in the Midwest doing what we're doing.

And then someone, somewhere says "yes," which has now become one of my favorite words. That someone saying "yes" is another kind of treatment, in my book, to save children. We thank all the yeses out there. The yeses are protecting you & me from being one of the nine families who get that unthinkable diagnosis today.

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.
--Mary Jean Iron

Friday, October 3, 2008

Kyrie's Gift

If you are going to be in the Holland, Michigan area at the end of this month, be sure to get tickets for the next benefit concert for our sister organization, Kyrie's Gift! The concert? (Drum roll, please ...) Mercy Me! Yeah, pretty awesome, isn't it?! For more info, visit

Go, Kyrie, Go!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Kansas City Star Magazine

For those of you in the Midwest that get the Kansas City Star newspaper, each Sunday they publish their Star Magazine insert, and last Sunday, The Kyrie Foundation got a mention on the front page as well as a nice, full-page write-up by Ann Spivak. Thanks to her composition, we've already heard from families around the metro supporting our cause or in need of support as a result of their children fighting brain tumors.

Check out the story here! And if you are so inclined, leaving a comment on their site would speak volumes.

Go, Kyrie, go!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

More Twilight Walk Photos!

This quartet of amazing souls looked totally OZ-some! Our favorite Susan--er, Dorothy and her friends (Cori the Flying Monkey, Peanut a.k.a. Twister and Rita the Winkie Guard) made our Kansas location come alive for the kids and their parents. Now, before the sun went down, the outdoor temp was quite toasty, and see that layered & layered costume of the Winkie Guard? Felt! And lots of it! Plus, Rita was wearing gloves! and that faux fur hat & boots!

Let the games begin!

Going fishin'.

Herding ducks at the duck pond.

Expert massage therapy from Heritage College. What a fantastic way to relax.

The start of the egg race relays!

Steady and concentrating ...

Just like her mama.

The stroller parking lot.

The parent-toddler team races zoomed by!

Lining up for the walk.

Kyrie's balloon release.

Leading the Twilight Walk.

Twilight Walkers!

Dorothy & Anna!

One of my favorite snapshots of the evening--loved seeing a big, ear-to-ear smile!

High school chums united for the cause!

Kurt Layton rocked the house.

Against the Grain & Kyrie's family.

We couldn't be happier with the entire event! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts and from the top of our spirits right now, we are humbled & grateful that you believed in this cause enough to spend your time with us. Our sponsors were tremendous--you made it possible for us to present an evening like this. Our volunteers were the best--you are shining examples of hospitality & helpfulness. Our walkers, well, you are The Kyrie Foundation, you are the cure.

I often contemplate the leap from intention to action. What prompts? What motivates? What prioritizes? I still haven't figured it out, but I know that you all embodied that leap on Saturday evening for us. More thanks than you'll ever know.