The Children’s Cabinet has reason to celebrate its longstanding work of keeping children safe and families together.
The 18th annual Art of Childhood fundraising gala took place Friday, Sept. 16 at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion. This year guests kicked up their spurs to live country music by Jimmy Wayne, a former foster youth turned country music singer/songwriter, whose songs generate awareness of teens who age out of the foster care system and become homeless. Wayne also performed for youth and community partners in a private concert at Cargo at the Whitney Peak Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 15.
With hits such as “Stay Gone,” “I Love You This Much,” and “Paper Angels,” Jimmy Wayne released “Do You Believe Me Now,” his biggest hit to date, for which he earned the prestigious “MillionAIR Award” recognizing one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.
Jimmy Wayne is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid who Found the Way”. This memoir chronicles his rise to fame in the music industry and his “Meet Me Halfway” campaign, which took him halfway across America on foot to raise awareness for foster kids.
The Art of Childhood gala raised funds for The Children’s Cabinet’s Youth and Family Support Services, ensuring that when a child or parent comes to The Children’s Cabinet for help, they can access dozens of individualized services—including food, child care resources, education programs, and free family counseling—all in one place. Carl Rueckl, Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley, received the Dixie May Philanthropy Award in honor of his years of professional guidance and personal commitment to The Children’s Cabinet.
Microsoft Reno presented The Children’s Cabinet with a $486,724 software donation at the Art of Childhood gala. Through Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship efforts, the Cyber Grant will support The Children’s Cabinet and their Redfield Academy technology upgrade in addition to software upgrades in their offices and program locations throughout the state.
“Our mission is to keep children safe and families together,” explains Mike Pomi, executive director. “Providing access to services is very important to us. At The Children’s Cabinet, we have an open door and believe that each child has the right to lead a healthy and safe existence, with the opportunities and encouragement needed to become a happy, productive adult.”
The Children’s Cabinet was established more than 30 years ago when Reno businessman Michael Dermody of Dermody Properties and Family Court Judge Charles McGee organized a high-level group of public officials and business leaders to address the needs of children in Northern Nevada. Today, the non-profit organization collaborates with public partners statewide and assists more than 11,000 families annually.
The Art of Childhood gala was made possible by sponsors E.L. Cord Foundation, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Peppermill Resort Hotel, Eldorado Hotel Casino, and dozens of other local businesses and individuals.