Symphony of Trees Champion of Children Award Winners
This year’s Champion of Children Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Pat Kryder for her lifelong commitment to children. Pat started her commitment to children as a teacher for the Columbus Public Schools and eventually moved into the social worker position for Henry County Job and Family Services. In May of 2001 Pat became the director of the Henry County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program where she continued until her retirement on March 17, 2017. Pat has been a supporter of Symphony of Trees since the beginning in 2001. Thank you, Pat, for your dedication to the children of Northwest Ohio.
This year marks over 40 years for Dave LaRoe as the owner of LaRoe’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Ohio and 15 years as a supporter of Symphony of Trees. One of the most sought after donations is the Dinner Theater that is graciously donated by Dave LaRoe. Last year, the Symphony of Trees board members wanted to try something new and Dave showed his support through the entire process with allowing us to use the banquet area of his restaurant and providing a meal for the Murder Mystery Dinner that was a huge success. Without people like Dave LaRoe, Symphony of Trees would not be the successful organization that it is. Thank you, Dave, for your dedication to the cause and for being a longtime supporter of Symphony of Trees helping children in Northwest Ohio.
Center for Child & Family Advocacy
The Center for Child & Family Advocacy is a community-based mental health agency specializing in prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and domestic violence. The Center serves the counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, and Williams. Child sexual abuse treatment services include play therapy for very young victims, as well as group and individual therapy for both victims and perpetrators. Sexual abuse prevention programming is provided to several thousand school-age children each year. The House of Ruth is a battered women’s shelter operated by the Center in a confidential location providing women and children with food, clothing, counseling, and advocacy at no cost.
Northwest Ohio CASA/GAL
Northwest Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) provides trained volunteers who are committed to standing up for abused children involved in the family court system. A CASA/GAL volunteer works to discover the best possible outcome for a child to make sure they are raised in a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Each child can then thrive and look forward to a positive future.
Henry County Hospital
Henry County Hospital is a nationally recognized healthcare provider that is proud to be known as a place where family and friends care for family and friends. As a community hospital, the hospital is committed to being the best place for patient’s to receive care, employees to work, and physicians to practice medicine. Funds raised by the Symphony of Trees allow Henry County Hospital to support a community of well children. Programs such as the Imagination Library and Born Learning, sponsored by Henry County Hospital, promote literacy and learning with activity and play. Major equipment purchases such as the Infant Security System, Infant Warmer, Hearing/Screening Equipment and a special Pediatrics Room in the Emergency Care Services Department have also been possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Symphony of Trees. Through time, talent, and treasure, Henry County Hospital is committed to excellent patient care and a healthier community.