As you may have heard, ENCORE! was crowned champion in the 2011 "Sing!" competition. Encore, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, is the traveling performing ensemble of the Buffalo Grove Park District fine arts adult choir, The BG Singers.
This could not have been accomplished without the unending support from our community, near and far.
The combination of ENCORE's incredible talent and the commitment from friends, family and acquaintances has enabled our Foundation to receive a $20,000 award! The most amazing thing about this entire contest was the community awareness built around The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss and the need for the types of assistance we can give to the community.
We set clear goals for our program partners to ensure that the funds we provide have a direct and measurable impact on the community. The Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center, based in Chicago, was formed in 1976 and has a roster of trained clinicians who work across the city.
We have just opened the Lauri Bauer/Barr-Harris Grief Center in Deerfield. We have on-site therapists who specialize in direct one to one treatment of children and adolescents to help them overcome the emotional trauma of losing a parent or loved one through death, divorce or abandonment. There is no waiting list -- children and families in need receive immediate consultation. Fees are set on a sliding scale and no family is ever turned away. In addition, we provide training and consultation about childhood grief to those working directly with children or on their behalf.
Willow House, based in Riverwoods, is dedicated to bringing hope to bereaved children and their families through peer support groups. Their services are free and of unlimited duration. Our commitment to Willow House will allow them to enhance their School Outreach Program by preparing school staff in advance of a tragic circumstance.
We have never been more passionate about our mission: To give help, healing and hope to children and their families who have suffered a sudden loss or crisis. Again, from the bottom of my heart -- thank you for all of your support.