Every family, who has experienced the birth of a child, knows that it’s the most exciting time in their lives. Now imagine receiving the news that you beautiful new baby can’t hear. That’s when families begin their cycle of grief, with overwhelming feelings of isolation and fear. This is the point at which The CARE Project makes a difference. Through donations and a few corporate sponsorships, The CARE Project holds seminars and retreats, at no expense to the families. With a completely volunteer staff, some of whom are the most renowned professionals in the country, parents garner knowledge and begin to feel empowered to tackle the challenges ahead. They learn about audiological issues related to hearing aids and cochlear implants. Given the importance of speech and language development at an early age, they are taught ways to facilitate that process in their children with hearing loss. They meet others in their same situation and are assigned mentor families, who have already walked in their shoes. The children get to know new deaf or hard of hearing peers. Many have made lifelong friendships because The CARE Project likes to refer to themselves as a family. They all support each other. They also have retreats for families of teens and tweens because that brings a new set of challenges for the children with hearing loss. The CARE Project is the brainchild of Dr. Johnnie Sexton, an educational audiologist. The idea was conceived in Wilmington, NC over a glass of wine among old college friends. But, Dr. Sexton has taken the concept and turned it into a powerfully life changing nonprofit that has helped many local families in southeastern NC. The CARE Project offers these families a beacon of hope on their journey. It gives parents of deaf or hard of hearing children the strategies they need for being proactive in helping their children develop skills, so they may realize their fullest potential. One father has likened it to feeling adrift in the sea and not knowing what to do, until he found his CARE Project family. Dr. Sexton and all of the folks associated with The CARE Project are very excited about this event with Spectrum Gallery. They appreciate the artists who donated a piece of their work for such a worthy cause. The CARE logo is the Old Baldy lighthouse because it offers a beacon of home for these families on their journey to resiliency. This raffle will run until Thursday, February 12th. Opening night reception for Evalyn Boyd Hines’ abstract paintings will also feature live music by Lisa and Galen from 6 to 8 pm.. The names will be drawn that evening for the winners of the raffle. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. -Rhonda Stroud President of the Board of Directors Email us with questions and for ticket purchases. Learn more about the care project.