Oakwood Foundation honors Center for Exceptional Family donors

The Oakwood Healthcare Foundation hosted a recognition reception to celebrate the benefactors of Oakwood’s Center for Exceptional Families, Oakwood’s special needs clinic. The event was attended by nearly 100 community leaders, foundation and corporation representatives and Oakwood executives.

There was hardly a dry eye in the room when Brian Connolly, President & CEO of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. premiered a video of interviews with patients and families at the Center. GiGi Maribbay, a peer mentor at the Center, expressed her passion: “Working with teens and seeing how they grow into mature young individuals is my ideal job. Working with youth is something I’m passionate about because I know they’re going to be the future.”

As the Center embarks on a $13 million endowment campaign to ensure the sustainability of the programs and services well into the future, Oakwood was pleased to have Mary Kosch, a longtime donor to the program, speak to the passion behind her support. “My husband and I have always felt that a child in need, a vulnerable child, is the type of children we want to support," she said. "I marvel at the daily stories of these kids as they become older and how the Center and the staff and the program help develop skills, confidence and self-esteem for these children.”

One in every 33 babies is born with some type of birth defect that will severely impact their development process. Oakwood’s Center for Exceptional Families is the only place in Michigan – and one of the few in the United States – to offer fully integrated, family-centered care for children with special needs. The Center is dedicated to providing high quality clinical services and innovative, high-impact programs for children with disabilities. To learn more about how to support The Center for Exceptional Families or to schedule a tour, contact the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation at 313.586.5234 or visit us on the web at www.oakwood.org/foundation.

CUTLINES: Above, from left: From left: Dr. Robert Schwyn, Abby Kosch, Mary Kosch, Jane Schwyn, Don Kosch, Bill Reno, Debbie Stanford, Gary Stanford.
Below: Paula Weldon having fun with patient Devyn Sweeting in the mobility gym.