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Farewell, Kay Mcdowell

At the end of this month, one of Mount Saint Vincent’s most fiercely dedicated, well-respected, and mission-focused child advocates will be leaving our organization. That person is our director of development, Kay Kelleher Mcdowell.

Kay’s relationship with Mount Saint Vincent began in 1996. That was the year she and her family began donating toys and gifts to the children at Christmastime. She distinctly remembers the first time she saw Mount Saint Vincent’s imposing building on top of a hill. “It was so big, regal even,” she recalled. It wasn’t long before Kay began volunteering her time there, eventually helping plan our nonprofit’s bi-annual Silver Bell Ball.

In 2007, a permanent position within Mount Saint Vincent’s development department became available, and Kay decided to apply. According to Sister Amy Willcott, the executive director at that time, the hiring decision was not difficult. “Kay had already given her time and her heart and her spirit to Mount Saint Vincent, even before she was hired,” Sister Amy said. “Knowing that she was already giving more than 110% as a volunteer made hiring her an easy decision.”

Kay took to her new position with gusto. As she met with donors, they welcomed her warm and grateful demeanor. “No matter who she interacts with, Kay understands the importance of building relationships,” said current executive director, Kirk Ward. “Whether it’s donors, staff, or the children, she treats everyone with caring and respect.”

In addition to meeting donors, Kay gave tours of the campus, managed events and volunteers, and spent time doing the thing that she loved most — spending time with the children. Her devotion to children is apparent to all who know her. “Kay’s compassion for the plight of traumatized children and her relentless drive to support their return to health is legendary in the MSV donor community,” said former Mount Saint Vincent Board member Jane O’Shaughnessy.

Kay remembers loading the kids into a bus, and renting out a theater to watch a Dr. Seuss movie. She recalls basketball games at local schools where the opposing team let the MSV Mustangs win by ridiculous margins. She recounts watching the children’s faces when they open their Christmas gifts and ask incredulously, “Is all of this for me?”

Kay is looking forward to taking on new challenges in her career, but says her time at Mount Saint Vincent was a gift. “The influence of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth will be with me forever,” she states. “It was from them that I fully came to understand the value of acceptance, that people are doing the best they can.” Those are truly words to live by.

Thank you, Kay, for your 19 years of hard work, service, and selfless dedication to the children of Mount Saint Vincent. You will be missed. ∼

Kay wanted to personally say goodbye to those who know her. Below is her farewell in her own words.

Dear Friends,

It has been my great honor and privilege to have had the greatest job in the world, because when one believes in a mission and is asked to support it, it is never work.

I have genuinely cherished my time working with my team, the volunteers, friends, and the many donors who give so much to Mount Saint Vincent. There is no metric to measure the success we have shared with the children because of you. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each of you. God bless you all.

I also want to thank all the children of Mount Saint Vincent. During my time here, I have been blessed to get to know so many amazing students, residents, and alumni. My heart truly overflows with emotion when I reflect upon these memories; I consider each of you a gift that I will always cherish.

I want to thank all the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth; I have been blessed to serve alongside them. Each of you are champions of child advocacy, lights in this world that I will never forget.

I also want to thank my family. Each of you has given so much to Mount Saint Vincent and helped make my passion a reality. Those efforts can never be tallied, and you should be very proud of the part that you played.

Finally, I want to thank my loving husband, Mac. Thank you for being by my side and on my side, thank you for listening, and thank you for helping me do the impossible, time and again.

I know all of you will do everything in your collective power to ensure the continued success of Mount Saint Vincent. So in the words of the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Mother Xavier Ross, I look forward to all the good that is yet to come.

Gratefully yours,
Kay Kelleher McDowell

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Saunders Construction Selects Mount Saint Vincent as 2014 Partner

DENVER, Colo., March 28, 2014 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of treatment for children who suffer from the effects of abuse, neglect, or mental illness, announced it has been selected as Saunders Construction’s 2014 Building Confidence in Kids partner. As part of this partnership Mount Saint Vincent will receive a significant donation that includes a $25,000 grant in 2014, volunteer time and in-kind donations from Saunders Construction and its employees over the next two years. Saunders Construction’s “Building Confidence in Kids,” is an employee-driven philanthropic initiative designed to complement Saunders’ traditional giving programs.

Building Confidence in Kids allows Saunders Construction’s employees to form on-going partnerships with non-profit organizations centred on children, families, or education. Mount Saint Vincent was chosen in part because the agency provides services that touch on all three areas: clinical treatment for abused and neglected children, therapy for families, and K–8 education.

“We believe that providing a solid foundation for kids is the most important investment we can make in our community,” said Dan Humphreys, Building Confidence in Kids Committee Chair for Saunders Construction. “The initial two-year timeframe will allow us to gain a solid understanding of how we can best help and develop a lasting relationship with Mount Saint Vincent .”
“We are deeply grateful to our friends at Saunders Construction for this generous gift,” said Kay Kelleher Mcdowell, the director of development for Mount Saint Vincent. “We are touched that Saunders is not only providing funding, they are also giving of their own time to work with our special population of children.”

Saunders Construction plans to keep each organization that participates in the initiative as an on-going community partner in perpetuity.
About Mount Saint Vincent

Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or suffer with mental health issues. The agency is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. It is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education, a K–8 school, and community early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.

About Saunders Construction, Inc.

Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor and construction manager. A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions. Saunders Building Confidence in Kids past partners include the DU Bridge Project and Warren Village. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

Contact:
Elizabeth Roberts, Marketing & Communications Specialist
E-mail: eroberts@msvhome.org
Phone: 303-458-7220 ext. 241

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“A Walk on the Wild Side” to Benefit Abused, Neglected Children

Fourth annual event at Denver Zoo to raise funds for children in treatment at Mount Saint Vincent

DENVER, Colo., June 25, 2013 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of clinical treatment for children who suffer from abuse, neglect, or mental illness, announced it will host “A Walk on the Wild Side” on August 21, 2013, at the Denver Zoo. Proceeds from the event will benefit the children in treatment at the agency. Guests will have exclusive, private access to the animal exhibits and enjoy a “Zoo BBQ,” complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes and dessert. Tickets are $25 per person or $100 for a family pack.

“A Walk on the Wild Side is a fun, family-friendly event,” said Director of Development Kay Kelleher Mcdowell. “Friends and families will have the zoo all to themselves and enjoy a delicious outdoor barbeque. The affordable price of $25 per person makes it possible for almost anyone to help support abused and neglected children in need.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance by Wednesday, August 14, 2013; admittance will not be available at the door. Space is limited to 700 guests. Tickets are available at www.MSVhome.org or by calling 303-458-7220 ext. 228.

About Mount Saint Vincent

Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or suffer with mental health issues. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education, a K–8 school, community early learning center, and therapeutic early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.

Contact: 
Elizabeth Roberts, Marketing & Communications Specialist
E-mail: eroberts@msvhome.org
Phone: 303-458-7220 ext. 241

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