On Saturday, November 5, over 50 people of all ages gathered at Kathy and David’s house to celebrate the launch of AOK and raise money to support our work. The afternoon couldn’t have been more gorgeous–the back porch was packed until the sun went down. Appetizers prepared by the all-star team of Carolyn, Billy Jo and Sara were a big hit. In fact, David was disappointed that there were almost no leftovers!

And when the sun dropped behind the trees, we all moved inside to listen to various members of the AOK family describe the importance of our work and what it means to them. David and Kathy told the story of AOK’s beginnings and our vision for the future. David Brooks spoke of the power of love, connection and relationship and how all three are manifested in the AOK approach. Several of the kids, including James, Madeline, Davonte and others spoke of what AOK means to them. Edd recited a gorgeous poem and Kesari sang while Anne accompanied her on the piano, both showing off their wonderful talent.

All in all, it was an inspiring afternoon, full of laughter and connection. And at the end of the day, the event raised over $5,000 for AOK. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a huge success. And we’re just getting started!

(Visit our facebook page gallery to see pictures of the event.)