TYLER – More than 400 guests came together at the KE Bushman’s Celebration Center for Breckenridge Village of Tyler’s (BVT) 11th Annual Ladies’ Spring Luncheon on Friday, April 15. Each year, the luncheon is held to benefit the residents and day program participants at BVT, a faith-based community for adults with developmental disabilities. The luncheon is BVT’s largest annual fundraising event, and female residents of the Village attend as guests of honor.
Grammy-nominated artist, motivational entertainer and author LynnMarie Rink brought her unique brand of wit and wisdom, engaging luncheon guests with anecdotes, inspirational experiences and even a musical performance. Mrs. Rink and her husband are the parents of a son, James, with Down’s syndrome. Rink details the trials, tribulations and victories of her life as a working mother and caregiver to her son in her recently published memoir, Wrap Your Heart Around It: A Memoir About Learning to Love the Life You Have.
Rink’s honest message sent energy and encouragement rippling through the crowd, and for Sharon Freeman, a parent/guardian of a BVT resident, Rink’s message was especially resonant.
“Hearing LynnMarie’s experience reminded me of how blessed I am to have friends that guided my husband and me through the unexpected guardianship of an adult nephew that lives with autism,” she said. “Breckenridge Village has given our nephew the security, love and home environment to flourish! The luncheon – and BVT – are blessings.”
“It’s refreshing,” said Linda Taylor, BVT’s Associate Executive Director of Advancement, of Rink’s candid message, “to have someone be open and vulnerable to share their life story so authentically.”
“LynnMarie was by far the best luncheon speaker ever,” said BVT Auxiliary member Artie McKinsey, who has been a generous donor and faithful supporter of the luncheon since its inception more than a decade ago.
Meticulously decorated tablescapes adorned with heart-motif linens and fine china offered visual imagery to the luncheon’s theme, Wrap Your Heart Around It, borrowed from Rink’s book title.
“The tables reflect the heart of the ladies who support the Village,” said longtime BVT supporter Sandy King. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of the celebration of BVT’s Forever Children; it’s a wonderful ministry.”
KYTX Channel 19 anchorwoman Dana Hughey served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Mrs. Cindy Dykes, wife of Green Acres Baptist Church minister, Dr. David Dykes, delivered the meal blessing. Mrs. Dykes served as the guest speaker at the inaugural BVT Ladies’ Spring Luncheon in 2006.
The luncheon featured a silent auction showcasing handcrafted items generously donated by local businesses and friends of the Village. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit residents and day program participants at BVT, a faith-based community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For more information about the work at BVT, contact Linda Taylor at 903-596- 8100 or visit BreckenridgeVillage.com.
Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is part of BCFS’ global system of health and human service non-profit organizations. BVT is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located on a tranquil 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, Texas, our community offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of the persons entrusted to our care. We are dedicated to serving a group of amazing people—God’s Forever Children—in a warm, safe, family-like setting that seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.