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FAMILY NETWORK'S RIGHT FROM THE START/DESDE EL PRINCIPIO PROGRAM HOSTS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY.

On December 9th, Family Network’s Right From The Start Program/Desde El Principio celebrated its annual Holiday Luncheon at The Highland Park Community House. The celebration began with picture taking with Santa Claus which put beaming smiles, ear-to-ear, on the children’s faces. This was followed by a delicious potluck lunch in which each of the program’s participants brought a homemade dish to share, making it a wonderful celebration. Finally, and perhaps the most awaited moment, was handing out Christmas presents to all of the children. The presents were generously donated by employees of Arthur Gallagher and families of students at Lincoln Elementary School, Ravinia Nursery School and Northwood Junior High School.

This year we had approximately 185 attendees including 20 guests of honor and community collaborators: Family Focus’s CEO Merri Ex and Development Director Carolyn Nopar, as well as Ravinia Nursery School Director Kathy Olsen, Ravinia Nursery School toy drive organizers Agi Semrad and Melanie Stagman, Lincoln School toy drive organizer Diana DeBelle, Moraine Township Trustee Olga Aguilar, Edgar and Stacie Mosquera from KickFit Martial Arts, Shari Heyman from Highland Park Recreation Center, Carla Garippo from Center Stage Dance, our Clincial Consultant Ruth Sterlin, donor Donna Gotlieb and our much appreciated volunteer tutors Ruth Sutton, Lee Ehrens, Sally Bentley, and Tom Bentley. A special thanks to all of the family Network staff, board, and volunteers for helping serve the food and to make the event so successful.

To learn more about or to donate to the Right From The Start Program that services at-risk Spanish speaking families who are expecting or have young children please visit our website www.familynetworkcenter.org or contact Program Coordinator Nora Barquin at 847-681-0890.

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