With traditional gatherings on hold for everyone's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're coming up with creative new ways to celebrate our foster youth birthdays. Being able to respond to the specific wishes of the youth is so meaningful – it truly encompasses the spirit and mission of the Freda Fund.
Since its founding in 2017, Freda Fund has organized numerous celebrations and events to support our mission. Following are highlights of our activities.
Art-themed Birthday & Graduation Celebration
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, the Sacramento Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, and artist Lisa Feldman co-sponsored a Freda Fund art-themed birthday and graduation celebration with special gift deliveries and a Zoom party.
Walking In Their Footsteps
This celebration featured a video highlighting Phyllis' history with the Einstein Center, and honored the remarkable community volunteers that she met along the way: Dorothy Marshall, Debbie Lewis and Susie Goodwin. The Zoom event concluded with a special tribute to Les Finke on his retirement as Eintein Senior Center's Executive Director.
In recognition of our "Walking in their Footsteps" event honorees, Freda Fund is contributing to two community efforts:
Establishing a "Dorothy's Corner" collection of new books for students at Edison Library
Purchasing a karaoke machine for the Einstein Senior Center
If you would like to join us in honoring the service of Dorothy Marshall, Debbie Lewis, Susie Goodwin and Les Finke, consider making a donation towards these community gifts that will provide joy and inspiration for years to come.
In honor of June–September birthdays, the Freda Fund celebrated by planting a vegetable garden at Choices Charter School in Sacramento. Twenty birthday youth engaged in a Zoom party, and received a special "planting roots" themed gift of a plant, along with cupcakes and a gift card.
Freda Fund had planned a return to its roots in Detroit, Michigan (Freda Needelman's hometown) to host several fundraising events and honor local foster youth at their high school graduation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we switched gears and reinvented our celebrations.
Birthday Baking Class
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento and Freda Fund presented a special treat to spring birthday celebrants. Local baker Lindsay Nathanson of Sprinkles for Breakfast shared baking tips with a virtual Zoom party featuring an interactive baking class. Each birthday person received a gift card, cupcakes from Terri Littleton and baking supplies to bake with Lindsay.
Enjoy excerpts from "Thank You, Ms. Wanda" and learn about Wanda Bolton's inspirational story.
Dance Party Honoring Wanda Bolton
The 2nd Annual Freda Fund Dance Party honoring foster parents raised funds to support foster youth birthday celebrations. The evening included dancing, drinks and special recognition for Ms. Wanda, a selfless and remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to being a foster parent. Rachel Ostwald produced a video tribute sharing Ms. Wanda's story and the positive difference she has made for the 91 children in her care over 21 years!
25 Birthday Youth Celebrated with
Freda Fund kicked off 2019 with a Birthday Bowling party hosted by the Sacramento Speakers Series and Eliot Reiner Law Firm. The event brought together 103 foster youth, caregivers and guests for a fun afternoon of bowling, pizza and birthday celebrations.
November through January birthday recipients were honored with an afternoon of bowling, lunch, birthday cake and a gift card. It was heartwarming to see all smiles from everyone who attended, including some very talented bowlers! Such a fun day watching kids be kids, all thanks to our generous supporters.