After 20 Years at @Hopelink….

my mom had her grand farewell!

According to her speech she gave that night …

Almost 20 years ago, I found my way to an amazing organization with a horrible name … and a charge to build a strong community presence, a donor program and a solid brand that would be worthy of its incredible mission. When I started this remarkable journey, my oldest daughter was in kindergarten and my youngest wasn’t even born. Little did I know then that my three girls would grow up, graduate from high school and go to college with a mother who only knew how to do one thing – drive to the same office in Redmond everyday to do something pretty neat. Hopelink is the reason that my kids don’t see me as completely uncool – just mostly uncool—but I digress.

I was that oldest daughter and 20 years later, I cannot be more proud of to call her my mom!

Last Thursday night, Hopelink threw my mom a wonderful going away party with nearly one hundred people in attendance!  The current CEO and the previous CEO (and person who hired my mom) spoke, singing praises to all that my mom has done to grow the favorite non-profit by 425 Magazine!

Here are a few (bad iPhone) photos from the event!

photo1My mom in the token, in front of the fire place photo!


photoHer name tag had a TON of titles that she wore proudly to document her 20 years of service!


My mom giving her fabulous speech!


208845_3924773532140_931389942_nThey had an open mic so Kelly & I went up to say how proud we were of her!


539586_3924787692494_2041470321_nAunt Leslie, Kelly & I deep in conversation …. or thought?


photo4My mom and her sister Leslie


The packed room!


The yummy cake!

Congratulations mom!  Way to go!


This post is also part of Wordless Wednesday on the following blogs:
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5 Responses to After 20 Years at @Hopelink….
  1. Alex
    July 3, 2012 | 9:13 PM

    Aww mom looks so pretty! :)

  2. Cassie
    July 3, 2012 | 9:39 PM

    Congrats to your mom for 20 years! I hope she enjoys her next adventure in life.
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  3. Kerri
    Twitter: SavvyMomNYC
    July 4, 2012 | 2:12 PM

    What a special way to honor your mom! Congrats!
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  4. Sara
    July 4, 2012 | 2:15 PM

    Congrats to your mom! It’s so neat to be to celebrate family members that way! :)
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  5. dumb mom
    July 5, 2012 | 4:20 AM

    Congrats to her! I can see you’re so proud.