From the Associates Council: The Hearts at the End of the Road

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In the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man meets Dorothy and states his yearning desire for a heart. He travels all the way to the Emerald City, along with the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, merely to obtain a heart--one he deservingly receives, yet most likely already had.

Those of us on the Spring Committee feel like we have been whisked away to our very own magical (and sometimes chaotic) Land of Oz; however, we have no dearth of nerve, brains or of course, heart. Our fantastic Spring Committee members and volunteers have proven that they, indeed, are the carriers of warm, helpful and beating hearts. I'm offering this final blog in our Courage - Brains - Heart series to the entire committee, as well as to our outstanding leadership.

Specifically, I would first like to thank Kathleen Connelly and Malia Poai, the Director and Assistant Director of Children's Aid's Volunteer Services. They have guided our committee down the yellow brick road, gently advising us through all of the twists and turns. I would also like to thank Jennifer Gallivan, the President of the Associates Council, who has served as a source of guidance and inspiration to our committee. In addition, I’d like to thank my co-chair, Giuliana Vetrano, who has been my other half in this process, offering her witty charm along the way. And as for our wonderful committee members, I’d like to thank Nathaniel Soria, Maxi Adamski, Ali Barrett, Lexie Benenson, Meredith Burgess, Alexandra Cannon, Mishelle Galarza, Anjali Kar, Suzanne Nabavi, Ali Rotondo, Rebecca Steuer and Kate Ruque. They have truly served as the “heart” of our committee, as without them, we simply would not be throwing this event.

As the Tin Man gracefully put it, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” Similarly, one does not need to look farther than our very own committee in order to find a surplus of altruistic hearts. Come join us at the end of the yellow brick road, revel in the frills of Emerald City, and meet all of our kindhearted volunteers.

-- Sara Grace Moss, Co-Chair, Spring Event Committee