September GRG Connections

 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

         Issue 15             Volume 15                             

What a GRandS/GRG Celebration!

GRG Sub-committee members receiving the first proclamation declaring September 5, 2012, as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Day in Palm Beach County from County Commissioner Paulette Burdick, District 2.  Members of the sub-committee from left to right are:  Ronney Wiener – MorseLife Just Checking Program, Lisa Cunningham – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Assistant, Connie Siskowski – President & Founder, American Association of Caregiving Youth, Commissioner Burdick, Judith Migdal-Mack, Legal Aid Society of PBC Attorney, Denise Chin – Program Director, Families First of PBC, and Sue Bartolomeo – CYFAR Project Coordinator for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in PBC.

US Senator Bill Nelson’s representative,

Michelle McGovern, reading his recognition

statement to the grandparents.

PBC Commissioner, Paulette Burdick,

reading the proclamation to the grandparents.


From Sue Bartolomeo, CYFAR Program Coordinator for the GRandS/GRG Program

On behalf of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, we would like to thank all the grandparents who attended our grandparents raising grandchildren day celebration on September 5.  It was amazing to see seven different community groups of GRGs all come together for the purpose of acknowledging their industry, family strengths and enduring dedication.  To those grandparents who continue to serve their families in our community – we congratulate you on the highest level.  Thank you for demonstrating the importance of family sustainability.  Thank you for being there for your grandchild and giving that child another opportunity.  Thank you for being unconditional warriors for your grandchildren and positive role models for our community as a whole.  Thank you!

A HUGE thank you goes to all the agency representatives who attended the celebration as well.  Thanks for joining us in our observance day for grandparents raising grandchildren.  Thank you all for your invaluable help in providing never ending resources to our grandparents.  Your knowledge, assistance, and guidance are extremely appreciated and always valued.  Thank you always.

Thank you to County Commissioner Paulette Burdick – District 2 for declaring September 5, 2012, an honored day for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Palm Beach County.  Thank you.

Thank you to Michelle McGovern for speaking on behalf of US Senator Bill Nelson.  Thank you for your kind words.

And a final HUGE thank you to all our local community businesses that donated so many wonderful gifts to give to our grandparents.

  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Joseph’s Classic Market
  • Legal Aid Society
  • MorseLife
  • Okeechobee Steakhouse
  • Palm Beach County
  • Party City
  • RaceTrac
  • Sweet Tomatoes
  • The Hair Zone
  • The Honey Baked Ham Company
  • Too Jays Deli and Restaurant
  • United Healthcare
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Winn-Dixie

Thank you for all your gifts and being a part of our special celebration.


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1 Comment

  1. alexander edomy

    I must say, this program should be duplicated nationally. And to all the people who coordinate and work behind the scenes I salute you; Good Show!!! Good Show!!!
    Alexander V.Edomy in NY, NY

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