Child Development Resources (CDR) held it's 50th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, October 9, 2016, in the Kingsmill Ballroom. The party and celebratory evening highlighted the agency's 50 years of serving area babies, toddlers and their families, and honored donors, supporters, and the entire Williamsburg community for stalwart and faithful support of CDR through the years.
In opening remarks, CDR's Executive Director, Paul Scott, personally thanked the Gala's planning committee and the agency's 50th Anniversary Campaign Co-Chairs, Charles Crone and Louise Canfield, for donating their talents and energy while steering CDR through its year-long celebration and 50th Anniversary Comprehensive Campaign.
"We have a lot to celebrate this evening," said Scott, "and we know we wouldn't be here tonight without the support of our donors, staff, former staff, and the wonderful leadership we've had from our boards over the past five decades."
Crone added that CDR not only made its $1 million comprehensive campaign goal but exceeded it.
As a tribute to the agency, the celebration included a theatrical presentation as well as a video of how CDR impacts the lives of families and seeks to provide resources to families facing challenges. Remarks by Eddie Robinson, CDR's Chairman of the Board, further emphasized the importance of serving the most vulnerable members of our community: children with special needs, developmental delays, at risk for delay, or living in poverty.
A major highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first Barbara J. Driscoll Humanitarian Award. The award was presented by the Driscoll family to Charles Crone for his unwavering support of Child Development Resources over the past twenty-five years. The award was recently established by the Driscoll family in memory of Barbara Driscoll, a former CDR board member and chair.
CDR began in 1965 as the Williamsburg Preschool for Special Children and served five children in a small classroom at St. Martin's Episcopal Mission. Today, the agency serves nearly 1,000 babies and toddlers with developmental delay, special needs, or those at risk for delay in Williamsburg, York County, James City County, and Poquoson.
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