A spring snowstorm couldn't dampen the fun of the Craig Foundation's Inaugural Spark House Party on Saturday, May 21.
After a relocation to Cafe 1907, inpatients and their families, guests staying in Family Housing, and Saturday staff members came together for a brunch party to celebrate the impact of philanthropy at Craig.
For the last 20 years, the Craig Foundation hosted a large gala fundraiser in a ballroom. Last year the signature fundraising event was entirely virtual and was broadcast live from the PEAK Center. It inspired the Foundation to think differently about how to celebrate philanthropy here at Craig, and in various parts of the country. For 2022 and beyond, the team decided to “think outside the ballroom” and launch something entirely different. Spark is a series of experiential events that demonstrate the impact of philanthropy at Craig. These events will spark connection, awareness, and engagement with Craig’s mission. The House Party served as the official launch of the Spark series.
"We knew we had to kick Spark off right here at home, with our patients," said Serena Bruzgo, Craig Foundation president. "We hope the party 'sparks' joy in each of you and reminds you that you are supported by a team of more than 4000 donors who love and care about you."
The Craig Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that solely exists to support patients and programs. The Foundation connects generous people and organizations throughout the country with the needs of the Hospital.
Last year 4,243 individuals, corporations, or foundations made 9,947 gifts to Craig. Those gifts totaled nearly $10 million and supported Patient Assistance funds, specialty hospital programs like Horticultural Therapy and Assistive Technology, and the Operation TBI Freedom program for Veterans. They provided equipment like the C-Mill and FES bikes, underwrote numerous staff-driven research studies, and much, much more.
"One essential ingredient to Craig’s magic is that which is philanthropically fueled," said Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Craig CEO. "Not only do patients and families benefit, but team members get to come and work at a place where they can practice at the top of their game."