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29
Apr

Thanks for Your Support of the Birth Mother Scholarship!

On April 13th, we held our annual Birth Mother Scholarship Fundraiser, which included a raffle, silent auction and trivia competition at the Sports Cave in Overland Park, KS. The event was a huge success and a lot of fun for all who attended!

This year, we raised approximately $15,000 in proceeds for our scholarship fund, 43 percent above our goal, making it our largest fundraiser to date. One hundred percent of these proceeds will go toward our Scholarship Fund, which supports birth mothers who have placed a child for adoption through our agency.

Around 70 businesses and retailers in the Kansas City area donated their services and products to the silent auction and raffle including Buca Di Beppo, Encounters Salon and Day Spa, Family Tree Nursery, Kansas City Steak Company, JSI Photography, Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC, Massage Envy, Kosama, Ssekos Designs, Southmoreland on the Plaza, Steve Bird at Permanent Paving, Thirsty Palette and Rau Construction.

We also want to extend a special thanks to the folks at Sports Cave, Shaun at Xtreme Trivia and Shannon at ADA Fundraising for supplying our venue, trivia and silent auction items and to Jason Nivens and the folks at 98.9 the Rock for promoting our event.

We are also blessed with support from other members of the adoption community, including Scott Nehrbass, Kevin Kenney, Felice Webster, Jean Cavaliere, Marni Denenberg, Michael Belfonte, Peter Wiernicki, Scott Myers, Gary Patton, Mary Beck, Chris Feld, Kelley Law Firm, Dexter and Moffitt, Wayne Mott and Shorstein and Kelley.

Additionally, we had more than 150 family members, friends and community members come out for our event, as well as donations from a number of adoptive families.

We cannot thank you all enough for your support. Since the American Adoptions Birth Mother Scholarship Fund began in 2001, we’ve been able to help more than 160 women continue their education. It’s a cause that we continue to feel passionate about!

To learn more about the Birth Mother Scholarship Fund, please visit the Adoption Scholarship Fund page of our website.

29
Mar

Consider Supporting Our Birth Mother Scholarship Fund!

Did you know that American Adoptions awards scholarships to some of the women who place their children for adoption with us? Since its founding in 2001, American Adoptions Birth Mother Scholarship Fund has helped more than 160 women continue their education.

Each year, our agency hosts a local fundraiser to raise money for the scholarship fund. If you’re an adoptive family in the Kansas City area, we want to invite you to join us!

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2013 from 3-8 P.M.

Where: Sports Cave Bar & Grill in Overland Park, KS

What For: Kansas City’s Rock 98.9’s own DJ Jason Nivens was adopted and will be there to talk about his experience, oversee a trivia competition and give away 4 tickets to Kansas City Rockfest 2013. Our grand prize items are:

  • A $500 VISA gift card
  • $500 in Southwest Airlines Tickets
  • An Apple mini-iPad, In addition

There will be numerous raffle and silent auction items as well:

  • Professional Photography Sessions
  • Royals Tickets
  • Autographed University of Kansas Basketball by 2013 Men’s Basketball Team
  • Autographed Sporting KC Soccer Ball by 2013 Men’s Soccer Team
  • Autographed photographs of Styx and the Doobie Brothers
  • Gift Certificate to Southmoreland on the Plaza Bed & Breakfast
  • Great Wolf Lodge voucher for a Family Suite (worth $319)
  • Six-Month Membership to Kosama Complete Body Transformation
  • Encounters Salon and Day Spa Microdermabraison with Deep Cleansing Facial
  • Gift Certificate to Kansas City Steak Company
  • Tickets to Sanford and Son’s Comedy Club

Please Note: You must be present to win raffle items and Rockfest tickets.

However, if you’d like to buy a $5 raffle ticket to be entered for our grand prize items (the VISA gift card, Southwest Airline Tickets and Apple mini-iPad), you may do so regardless of attendance at the event. Please email scholarship@americanadoptions.com for information.

To enter the trivia competition, email scholarship@americanadoptions.com for more details. Each member of the winning trivia team will win a $50 VISA gift card!

Proceeds from the event go toward the American Adoptions Birth Mother Scholarship Program, which helps the courageous women who place their children for adoption continue their education.

To donate to the American Adoptions Birth Mother Scholarship Fund, visit www.americanadoptions.com/about_us/donation or email us at scholarship@americanadoptions.com.

27
Nov

Helping Others During National Adoption Month

When adoption professionals and others were looking for a month to spread adoption awareness, they chose November with hopes that the added push would get many children into permanent homes before the holiday season. This time of year, many other organizations also make a push to create awareness, fundraising and volunteerism for their cause.

Thus Giving Tuesday was born as a complement to consumer days Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Like many of you, each year American Adoptions staff members look for ways to give back during the holidays. One way our organization does this is by sponsoring children in the foster care system in Kansas (the state where our headquarters are located). Each staff member makes a donation in exchange for getting to wear jeans for the month of December. The money we use goes toward Christmas presents for the children we sponsor, and it’s wonderful knowing we’re helping them have a special holiday!

Annually, American Adoptions staff also supports and promotes the American Adoptions Scholarship Fund for Birth Mothers. Since its founding in 2001, the Scholarship Fund has helped many women who have placed with us to continue their education.

Interest in continued education is often a reason that a woman chooses adoption. The hope a scholarship can create is amazing, and it can change the life of a birth mother, giving her a more positive overall adoption experience.

Please visit our scholarship page to learn more about the wonderful women this fund helps. Or watch the following video to hear the story of birth mother Samantha and the opportunities the scholarship has made available to her:

If you’d like to make a donation to the American Adoptions Birth Mother Scholarship Fund, please send your donation check to:

The American Adoptions Scholarship Fund
C/O: American Adoptions
9101 West 110th Street Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66210

Please Note: At this time, we cannot ensure that you will receive a tax deduction for your donation, but we can give you a receipt with which to consult your accountant or tax professional. 

For more information about our scholarship fund, call 1-800-ADOPTION, or email us at adoptions@americanadoptions.com. Thanks for your interest and support!

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