(PRWEB) February 17, 2011
Donating to this fundraiser was a natural fit for the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.
At six-weeks, Grace Sanchez was diagnosed with a heart defect that required open heart surgery. Both of Grace’s parents work at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. The successful surgery was performed at Duke Children’s Hospital which treats more than 200 children with heart defects annually. The firm provides ongoing volunteer and financial support to Duke Children’s Hospital in Grace’s honor.
Dawn Parham, Operations Manager for Personal Injury Department at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, has a 12-year-old daughter, Kyndal, who will be performing at this year’s show.
“There is nothing more precious and important to me than my daughter. Her good health has truly been a blessing to me and my family,” Parham said. “However, we have other personal connections to those whose children have required serious medical attention, including open heart surgery and treatment for leukemia. Duke Children's Hospital has given these children new direction and has restored hope in their lives, as well as in the lives of their families.”
Kyndal, who also danced in last year’s show, had this to say.
“I hope to be a pediatric nurse when I’m older and look forward to taking care of children, maybe even at Duke Children’s hospital. For me, dancing for the children now will help me better care for children in the future.”
Nina’s School of Dance in Durham, NC began the “Multiple Choices for Children” fundraiser 25 years ago, after a 3-year-old student at the school became critically ill.
As Nina Wheeler, owner of Nina’s School of Dance, explains, “My daughter was born prematurely and Duke rolled out the red carpet for my family. Since my daughter’s birth, it has always been in the back of my mind to help less fortunate children.
“Then, 25 years ago, I had a 3-year-old student who constantly complained of headaches. I didn’t think much of it. A month or so later, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.”
Wheeler recommended Duke Children’s Hospital to the girl’s mother. Unfortunately, the little girl died two years later.
The “Multiple Choices for Children” jazz dance benefit became an annual event in the little girl’s honor. Several years later, a teenaged performer at the school developed a tumor of the spine. She was also treated at Duke Children’s Hospital. Happily, the teenager made a full recovery. The annual fundraiser is now held in her honor as well.
“We (at the school) got to see that this happens everyday. We try to teach our students to make good choices – the right choices. Through this event, they make the choice to help children who are in a bad situation and have no choices. That is how the fundraiser got its name.”
The fundraiser attracts about 400 people annually and raises about $15,000 to $20,000 a year – more than $300,000 since its inception.
Since this is a 25th anniversary celebration, Nina’s School of Dance is going all out.
In addition to the annual array of performances, there will be several performances from Nina’s School of Dance alumni who now performing with such renown dance companies as Alvin Ailey and Koresh.
This year’s performance may feature dancers from East Carolina University (ECU), performing a piece they created for the annual American College Dance Festival Association, to be held at Elon University on March 23-26. Several dancers from Duke University may also perform.
“Multiple Choices for Children” will be held at Duke University’s Reynolds Industrial Theater on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. Wheeler is considering adding a performance on Thursday, March 10 as well. Ticket prices have not been set, but will be in the $10-$15 range.
For more information, contact Wheeler at 452-8746, or Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater by phone at 919-684-4444 or by email at tickets(at)duke(dot)edu.
About the Firm:
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 27 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Four of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations and an active employee matching donation program.