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Posts Tagged ‘Exceptional Foundation’

Gov. Palin praises familes of special needs children in Alabama

Posted by joshpainter on May 4, 2011

by Josh Painter
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Sarah Palin told an Alabama audience Tuesday that the challenges of raising a special needs child takes a particular kind of courage, and that was a lesson that she had to learn firsthand:

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, mentioned politics, such as the need for energy and financial independence and smaller government, when she addressed a fundraiser for the Exceptional Foundation of Baldwin County.

Much of her speech, however, centered on raising her youngest son, Trig, who has Down syndrome.

The Exceptional Foundation was established to help special needs children and adults in southwest Alabama. Many in the audience Tuesday night in the ballroom of the Marriott Grand Hotel have family members with conditions such as Trig’s.

[…]

Palin said work by groups, such as the Exceptional Foundation, that assist special needs children and adults are a blessing to people such as herself, who need help when faced with a difficult challenge.

[…]

Palin praised efforts to help Alabama communities hit by tornadoes last week.

“In those parts that were touched tragically by these storms and tornadoes, we want these folks to know that they are not alone in this time,” she said. “Americans come together in moments like this to help support and rebuild, and a good part of America shines through in times like this.”

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According to WKRG-TV, Gov. Palin told the audience that she and her husband Todd would be meeting with tornado survivors Wednesday in Birmingham. Turns out she and Todd joined other Samaritan’s Purse volunteers assisting the victims of the recent tornadoes which caused so much devastation in the state.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Governor Palin to Fundraise for Special Needs in Alabama

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 2, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Governor Palin continues her support for our special needs community. In May she will take this commitment to Alabama. Guy Busby of the Press-Register reports:

2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make her first Mobile Bay area visit May 3 when she addresses supporters of the Exceptional Foundation at a fundraiser at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, organization supporters said.

The foundation is being established to help special needs children and adults in Baldwin County, Bob Callahan Sr., foundation board president, said. Palin, whose son Trig was born with Down syndrome, agreed to speak after being contacted, he said.

“This is something that is near and dear to her heart —children and adults with special needs — and that’s what brought her down here,” Callahan said. “We were thrilled. This is something that is really awesome.”

Callahan said organizers have not talked to Palin or her staff about the topics she plans to address.

“There might be some politics, but she agreed to come down here because of what we’re doing for special needs people and that’ll be a big part of it,” he said.

Work began in 2010 to start the foundation in Baldwin County. Organizers are working with the Exceptional Foundation established in Birmingham, which serves about 400 people and their families.

When efforts began to raise money for a building, staffing, activities and other needs, supporters decided to approach Palin about speaking, Craig Dahle, Callahan’s son-in-law and another of the group’s organizers, said.

“She was the logical person to kick start this with her background,” Dahle, who has a 19-year-old son with Down syndrome, said.

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