For those of you who were unable to join us at CSL’s Centennial Gala on November 12, we want to share the following story of “How Crystal Got Her Smile Back”. This is the actual script that was presented that evening and illustrates how our entire communities MUST – and DID – come together to make meaningful and lasting change in one family’s life.
- Cindy McClain, Co-Chair of our Second Century of Service Campaign and Supporter of CSL
I’m Cindy McClain, Co-Chair of CSL’s Second Century of Service Campaign. Tonight we’re going to pause to tell you a story that illustrates why we support CSL, and why your support is important. This is Crystal’s story. Crystal is a 35 year-old mother of eight who is adored by her children. She is a hard-worker – she worked for 9 years at the same job, often living paycheck to paycheck, doing the best she could to support her family on her own. But friends… poverty is exhausting… and despite her best efforts, Crystal and her family found themselves home...
In November, we formally wrapped up our celebration of 100 years at our Centennial Gala. The gala was a chance to reflect, celebrate, and a chance to look into the future. To summarize my sentiments, I'll use a phrase popular among young people, "I was feeling all the feels!"
(Above is a picture of my toast, along with our Board Chair, Dr. Cliff Mohn, thanking the attendees for their century of support)
To the attendees, I remarked that Crystal's story is the story of our first century. It is a story that shows CSL's power of bringing together individuals, service providers, funders, and many others to make meaningful and lasting change in people's lives. My hope is that you'll take a few minutes to read the entire story. If there was just one story that defined CSL's first 100 years of existence, it would be Crystal's story, and I'm so pleased that she has allowed us to share it with you. It is the story of her, the story of CSL, and the story of you.