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Hattie Larlham raises $204,000 at Circle of Caring event

11/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Hattie Larlham
AURORA — On Nov. 2, more than 300 people attended Hattie Larlham’s 13th annual Circle of Caring at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center. Presented by The Alpha Group, Circle of Caring is Hattie Larlham’s marquee annual fundraiser. The event raised more than $204,000 to support programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham.

Each year, the Circle of Caring recognizes those who have positively impacted the lives of people with developmental disabilities. At the 2013 Circle of Caring, Hattie Larlham honored University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals’ MacDonald Women’s Hospital President Patricia DePompei, RN, MSN, and Akron Children’s Hospital President and CEO William Considine. Hattie Larlham recognized both honorees for their ongoing commitment to delivering quality patient care to children and young adults with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham.

“We’re here tonight to invest in the children we’re privileged to serve through an organization like Hattie Larlham,” said Considine.

Considine has collaborated with Hattie Larlham for 34 years, working with Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen. During his speech, Considine acknowledged the work Allen has done at Hattie Larlham. Allen celebrates his 25th year with Hattie Larlham in December.

On stage, Allen credited the success of Hattie Larlham to the collaborative power of the organization and its supporters.

“Together we can do great things so that people with disabilities and their families can realize comfort, joy and achievement,” he said.

Shown above, from left, are state Sen. Thomas Patton (R-District 24), Allen, DePompei, Considine and Hattie Larlham Board of Director President Michael Weinhardt.

Betsy Kling, WKYC chief meteorologist and 2012 Circle of Caring honoree, served as emcee.

The theme for the 2013 Circle of Caring was based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” As part of the theme, costumed Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, the Possibilities Boy and Thing 1 and Thing 2 mingled with guests at the event.

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