Pathways.org, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for early sensory, communication and motor delays in children, hosted a dinner commemorating its 28th anniversary on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The event, which also serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, was attended by approximately 400 guests and raised more than $1 million.
Since 1985, Pathways.org has used evidence-based research and multimedia as tools to promote each child’s fullest inclusion. The organization strives to empower health professionals and parents with knowledge of the benefit of early detection and early intervention to help children reach their sensory, motor and communication milestones.
The Pathways.org dinner celebration raised more than $1 million in contributions. In addition, the nonprofit raised close to $10,000 to fund its “Course to Go” series. This educational series provides information on detecting signs of early motor, sensory, and communication delays. The Pathways.org “Course to Go” series is available on a USB flashdrive bracelet and is offered to health professional educators nationwide for free.
“The funds raised at this event will help us share important information with those who can make a difference for the 600,000 children born at risk for early delays each year,” said Felicia Kurkowski, Director of Project Development at Pathways.org. “By reaching out to parents, physicians, nurses and therapists, we hope to continue to assist children in reaching their fullest potential and inclusion.”
Pathways.org anniversary gala commenced with a few words from its master of ceremonies, award-winning journalist, Bill Kurtis and a welcome from Chairman of McDonald’s Corporation and Schwarz Supply Source, Andrew J. McKenna. The Pathways.org Medical Round Table held a panel discussion on how Pathways.org provides free materials promoting the importance of early detection and Early Intervention and the difference it makes in children’s lives.
Dr. Michael Msall, Section Chief of Neurodevelopment and Behavioral Pediatrics at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, was awarded the Pathways Pioneer award. The award recognizes and celebrates pioneers who have strived to enhance the lives of infants and children enabling them to reach their dreams.
Dinner was followed by closing remarks from Pathways.org Chairman Shirley W. Ryan.
Pathways.org would like to thank their contributors whose generosity will enable Pathways.org to continue improving the lives of children and their families.
For more information and resources on early developmental delays, visit www.Pathways.org or call (800) 955-2445.
To make a contribution to Pathways.org please visit: www.pathways.org/donate