More Than $100,000 Committed at the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Annual Pledging & Pinning Luncheon (December 10, 2012)
Boca Raton FL – June 24, 2013– Unicorn Children’s Foundation hosted the Buddha Brunch, its annual Pledging & Pinning Luncheon, at The Addison on December 3, 2012. The function proved to be one of excitement and fulfillment as guests gathered together to pledge their support of the Buddha Ball that will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Sharon Alexander, Executive Director of Unicorn Children’s Foundation, welcomed guests and announced that in addition to supporting innovative education, awareness and research programs, the funds raised at the Gala will support the opening of Unicorn Village Academy for adolescents and young adults with neurodiverse disorders, such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, Bipolar, Dyslexia, and other learning disorders. This innovative high school will allow students to discover and explore their own interests, pursue their own goals, and prepare them for transition to work, college, and full participation in the communities in which they live. Unicorn Village Academy will help to fill a significant void in the community and will culminate with a model that can be expanded into other communities around the world. The excitement in the room grew as supporters who donated $10,000 or more during the 2010-2011 fiscal year were inducted into Unicorn Children’s Foundation Visionary Society. Founding members Juliette Ezagui and Valeria Rosenbloom presented newly inducted members Noreen Hassan and Madeline Hillsberg with an 18k gold unicorn pin with diamond encrusted eye designed exclusively for Unicorn Children’s Foundation by Kaufmann de Suisse. Mary Lynn Bartolomeo was inducted into the Founder’s Circle for her contributions of time and talent that resulted in raising over $1,000,000 for the foundation. Bartolomeo shared “A parent’s work is never done as my son with ADHD, now in his 30’s, continues to require support $100,000 was raised at the short afternoon affair and Unicorn Children’s Foundation could not be more excited at the enthusiasm and generosity of its supporters. Alexander stated “We are so appreciative of the generous support we received and are grateful to have an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of investing in our most vulnerable youth.” Supporters of this organization are so dedicated, as even those who could not be present still extended their donation. This function was one of fulfillment, generosity and exhilaration and the Unicorn Children’s Foundation family reached deep and gave so generously of themselves to help improve the quality of life for children and young adults with neuro-diverse disorders, such as Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, Bipolar, Dyslexia, and other learning disorders. For more information, please visit www.UnicornChildrensFoundation.org or call 561-620-9377. Unicorn Children Foundation (UCF) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to education, awareness and research initiatives that will transform the lives of individuals with neurodiversity, such as ADHD, Autism, Bipolar, Dyslexia, and other learning disorders. UCF was founded in 1994 by Dr Mark Rosenbloom, an Emergency Physician, after his son was misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated by one "autism professional" after another. Out of his pain and frustration, and a wish to provide hope for all families with children who suffer from these disorders, the Unicorn Children's Foundation was born. Since 1994, UCF has raised well over $10,000,000 and highlights of its accomplishments include: launching the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning Disorders, developing and disseminating worldwide ground-breaking and extensive evaluation and treatment guidelines; fostering communication and collaboration between parents, professionals and policy makers to promote learning and increased awareness; and providing adequate tools and resources to better meet the needs of individuals with neurodiversity.