Thursday, November 08, 2007

Kristi Yamaguchi to Chair 23rd Annual A Toast to the Triangle

RALEIGH, N. C. — The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities announced that Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will again serve as honorary chair of the 23rd Annual A Toast to the Triangle, scheduled for March 2008 at North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Center.

A Toast to the Triangle raises funds for the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., which supports the children and adults of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The center provides programs for children and adults with special needs, including educational services, respite care, early childhood intervention, residential services and a summer program.

“I have a special place in my heart for children with disabilities,” said Yamaguchi. “To be able to work with an organization that does so much for children with special needs is a wonderful opportunity.”

The event offers guests samples from over 40 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and beers, as well as friendly competition among the participants. The 2007 event raised nearly $175,000 and more than 1,350 guests attended.

“We are excited to have Kristi join us again this year for the Toast,” said Freeman. “Her enthusiasm for the Center and the Toast is inspiring to us all, and we look forward to working with her to make this year’s event the best yet.”

The Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., founded in 1969, supports the children and adults of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The center provides programs for children and adults with special needs, including educational services, respite care, early childhood intervention, residential services and a summer program. The Tammy Lynn Center serves nearly 400 children and families each year.

Located on a nine-acre campus near North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities (TLCDD) offers educational, residential and family support services to children and adults with special needs. In its 38th year, the Center remains committed to providing the individuals it serves with the opportunity to maximize their abilities and potential in a loving, nurturing environment. TLCDD is owned by the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. and is independently operated by TLC Operations, Inc. Both corporations are under the parent company Tammy Lynn Center, Inc. All organizations are nonprofit entities (510(c)(3).

A Toast To the Triangle was first held in 1986. Approximately $6,000 was raised and given to the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation’s building fund. Since, the event has been held annually to raise funds for the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. and its affiliated organizations. The event offers an array of culinary creations from 40 of the Triangle’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and specialty beers.

The Tammy Lynn Center was established in 1969 by the parents of children with special needs. Today, the facility continues to serve special children and provide an invaluable service to their families and the community. Kudos to Yamaguchi for lending her support to such a worthwhile organization.

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