Wichita, KS – The 39th Annual, Original Blarney Breakfast, a benefit for Rainbows United, Inc., will kick off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Wichita at Old Chicago East on Monday, March 17.
The festivities will be from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. They can be purchased at Old Chicago East, online at RainbowsUnited.org or at the door the morning of the event. Proceeds benefit children birth – 21 with special needs served through Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management.
Join the more than 1,000 people who celebrate each year at Wichita’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day event. Grab a hearty breakfast, enjoy bottomless cups of coffee and participate in the festivities with bagpipers, Irish dancers and much, much more!
Part of the proceeds from the event will be joined by funds provided through the Children’s Miracle Network at Via Christi Health to provide specialized equipment for several Rainbows’ children. “We are looking forward to having Rainbows’ families on site that morning to receive the items that improve their quality of life,” said Margaret Shook, event Chair.
The first 500 Blarney Breakfast attendees will receive a free commemorative Blarney Breakfast mug, courtesy of Vornado Air.
Blarney Breakfast partners are: Chi Epsilon Chapter of ESA, Old Chicago East, KAKEland, Docuplex Graphics, Chris Cakes of Wichita, KEYN 103.7FM and Power 93.9.
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.
Rainbows’ Targeted Case Managers help families overcome barriers by helping them identify what they want for their child, how to access available services and resources, as well as helping coordinate the child’s education, purchased services and natural supports.
The Intellectual/Developmental Delay services provided by Rainbows includes respite and on-going care, case management, supplies and any assistance that is needed with durable medical equipment.
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.
Blane is a happy six year old who is diagnosed with Spina Bifida. Due to his diagnosis he has limited mobility and requires the use of a cane or walker. Blane started receiving services from Rainbows United at three months through Bright Beginnings in Butler County. At age three he began Target Case Management services through Rainbows.
His mom, Jennifer, said that Rainbows has always been very supportive to her family. “Before having a case manager, we didn’t know where to go for help,” she said. Blane’s case manager, Shavonda, has helped to coordinate funding for forearm crutches through proceeds from the 39th Annual Blarney Breakfast and Children’s Miracle Network. Blane has also received a new pair of ankle foot orthotics through funding from the Children’s Miracle Network each year for the last couple of years.
His mom is excited about receiving the new equipment because the cane and walker Blane uses now is very bulky. “I hope new forearm crutches will help him become more independent,” she said. The crutches would also give Blane the ability to participate in community and family activities that he enjoys. One of his favorite things to do is play basketball. He also enjoys playing video games and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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