Making a Difference Award
“"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller
We started the "Making a Difference" Award in 2012 to honor a person or people who have gone above and beyond supporting Kaitlyn's Dance.
2012 Recipient: Columbia Ski Club
The dance would not be the same without our friends from Columbia Ski Club. They show up in full force every year and account for about half of our attendance. Thank you all so much!
2013 Recipients: Christina & Gary Hataway
We've been good friends with Christina & Gary for many, many years. They've been right by our side every step of the way since Kaitlyn passed away. They've never missed a dance, and have always been very generous making some sort of donation each year. They're also among the first to step up each year when we're looking for volunteers.
2014 Recipients: Jerry Poley & Pam Plantz-Poley
Every year, Jerry and Pam get more and more involved helping us out. They go to many restaurants and businesses soliciting for dance donations and even donate some of their own sports memorabilia. This year they brought Starbucks in as a sponsor to provide coffee to our guests. And we can always count on Jerry and Pam to recruit people to attend, including filling a table or two of their own.
2015 Recipient: (DJ) Paul Lantz
After years of considering Paul for this award, we finally presented him with it in 2015. The party just would not be the same without him. The dance floor is always packed and he mixes just the right songs to keep everybody happy, no matter what style of music they prefer. Paul is also personally responsible for at least a couple thousand dollars of the money we've raised since year after year he refuses to take a penny for his work.
2016 Recipients: Theresa & Mike Frederick
Most people think about Kaitlyn's Dance in the fall/winter as it's approaching. But Theresa remembers us all year long and gathers wine themed items throughout the year for her annual basket donation. And she often comes up with another generous item or two to donate as well. She and Mike are always willing to lend a hand manning the raffle table or help out in any other way they can.
2017 Recipients: The Delach Family
Leslie, Kiley, and Chris devote countless hours each year helping with Kaitlyn's Dance. They help solicit donations, organize packages the evening before, transport items to the Dance, set up the room, volunteer throughout the evening, and help with clean up. Their support is invaluable!