On Friday, April 13, 2018, Craige Jenkins attorneys, staff, and our friends and colleagues in the community attended the 2018 Annual Pinwheel Gala, held by The Parenting PATH (formerly Exchange/SCAN). Assistant District Attorney Jessica Spencer, Chairperson, and Elizabeth Miller, Executive Director, were the hospitable hosts for the evening. The event featured a silent auction, a live auction, a D.J., a Community Hero award presentation, and even a moving testimonial from an individual in the community whose life had been changed for the better by the services of The Parenting PATH.
2018 Community Hero Rick Pfefferkorn addressing the guests
The Parenting PATH is a local, non-profit, United Way partner agency that offers a multitude of services to strengthen families and support parents, many of which are free of charge. Parenting classes, in-home services, father-oriented classes, respite care, and supervised visitation are just a few of the services that the organization provides. The Parenting PATH describes their mission as follows:
The Exchange Club Center for Child Abuse Prevention of North Carolina, Inc. was founded in October of 1981, following a Forsyth County N.C. task force discussion on needed prevention services to deal with rapidly increasing reports of child abuse and neglect. The Exchange Club of Greater Winston-Salem had proposed the program model following the adoption nationally of using parent aides (then known as lay therapists) to work in homes with families. Core services of in home parent aides and community awareness were provided in the first year of operation. By 1983 both parent education services and support group services had been added. As our services expanded we wanted to incorporate our positive, strengths based approach into our name. So in 2018, our name changed from Exchange/SCAN to the Parenting Path: Positive Actions, Thriving Homes.
Various local businesses and individuals were donors for this year’s Pinwheel Gala, which has proven to be a successful night in the past; in 2017, the gala raised a total of $27,500. Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker was one of the sponsors at this year’s event. Elizabeth Miller told the crowd that this was the largest turnout they have had for the Pinwheel Gala and inspired guests to donate with anecdotes of extraordinary members going above and beyond to do the most with very limited means, even if that meant cooking dinners out of their own homes to help others.
From left to right: Brianna Riazzi, Crissy Dixon, Phil Searcy, and Julie Searcy
Attorney and staff volunteers from Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker gathered together this week at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to help serve dinner to women experiencing homelessness. St. Timothy’s serves as an overflow shelter for women, where guests are able to get a warm meal, a change of clothes, and a full night’s sleep supervised by volunteer monitors. The church works together with a local non-profit organization to provide shelter during the coldest months of the year.
As our Craige Jenkins volunteers prepared the dinner, they learned about the church and its local efforts to combat the issue of homelessness in Winston-Salem. Most of the women who would stay at the shelter that night were transported from a downtown location where they check in for the evening. Because the permanent shelter locations are often at capacity now, overflow shelters are able to take in guests for the night. All of our volunteers enjoyed the conversations with the guests while serving dinner, and all were able to sit down together as a community to enjoy the dinner together.
Pictured from left to right: Ashley Robbins, Melissa Webb, Crissy Dixon, Lori Edwards, Allie Booker, Lynn Miller, and Lorrie Bennett.