Wichita, KS – The 39th Annual Blarney Breakfast, a benefit for Rainbows United, Inc., kicked off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations today in Wichita at Old Chicago East this morning.
More than 700 people attended, with more than $52,500 in net proceeds to benefit children birth – 21 with special needs served through Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management Program. “It’s a great event bringing the public, businesses and celebrities together to support children with special needs,” said Margaret Shook, event Chair, Chi Epsilon Chapter ESA.
A highlight of the event was the presentation of equipment to Rainbows’ families. Part of the proceeds from the event were joined by funds provided through Children’s Miracle Network at Via Christi Health to provide specialized equipment for several Rainbows’ children. “It was wonderful to be able to provide these specialized items to several Rainbows’ children as part of this year’s event,” said Deb Voth, President.
Celebrities from the Wichita area, including Dawson Grimsley of Davis-Moore Auto Group, Mayor Carl Brewer, KAKE-TV, and other Wichita personalities were on hand to meet guests and serve coffee. KEYN 103.7FM, Power 93.9 and KAKE-TV also provided live broadcasts from the event.
Blarney Breakfast partners are: Chi Epsilon Chapter of ESA, Old Chicago East, KAKEland, Docuplex Graphics, KEYN 103.7FM, Power 93.9 and Chris Cakes of Wichita.
The first 500 Blarney Breakfast attendees received a free commemorative Blarney Breakfast mug, courtesy of Vornado Air.
Blarney Sponsors are: Bob & Arlo Casper, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Vornado Air, Cessna Aircraft Company, Davis Moore Auto Group, Spirit AeroSystems, Cox Communications, Douglass Wealth Management Team, Linder and Associates, Koch Industries, High Touch Technologies, LS Industries, Bank SNB and TagMeCam.
Recipient of the St. Patrick’s Day Garden package and gift basket was Jeremy Hoepher of Andover.
Rainbows’ Targeted Case Managers help families overcome barriers.
Rainbows’ case managers help families identify:
• What they want for their child
• What resources are available
• How to access those services and resources
• How to coordinate education, purchased services and natural supports
Intellectual/Developmental Delay Services:
• Respite care
• On-going care
• Assistance with durable medical equipment
• Case management
For more information, contact Michelle Eastman, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at 316.558.3435 or visit RainbowsUnited.org.
Rainbows United, Inc. enhances the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services.