Another Denim & Diamonds is in the books, and this year’s event has been one of the best for the Kids to Love Foundation.
This year the fundraiser that benefits Kids to Love’s Davidson Farms foster home for girls sold out weeks before the event. Denim & Diamonds was made possible by the event’s Hope Diamond Sponsor, Twickenham Advisors.
This year’s focus was on the Whitaker Cottage Community at Davidson Farms. The community consists of five cottages that will serve as homes for girls who are aging out of foster care. Under the guidance of Kids to Love, the girls will be able to stay in the cottages as they continue their education or begin a career.
Kids to Love announced a new fundraiser for the Whitaker Cottage Community at Denim & Diamonds. The Pave the Way Home effort allows anyone to buy a brick that can be engraved with a special message. Those bricks will be used to build the walkways to the cottages. Bricks can be ordered online through kidstolove.org.
“The amount of support we’ve received for the Whitaker Cottage Community since we announced it in 2020 has been overwhelming,” Kids to Love Founder and CEO Lee Marshall said. “We’re excited to give people a way to show their support for the girls who will live there and show them that they’re loved.”
Denim & Diamonds also featured music from The Springs and a silent auction that benefits the Farm and Cottages.
The focus of Denim & Diamonds is the girls of Davidson Farms, and Kids to Love shared some of their adoptions that took place since last year’s event. One of those adoptions was born out of last year’s Denim & Diamonds, when the Baron family heard their soon-to-be daughter Haylee speak. Amity and Bob Baron Jr. adopted Haylee last November.
“In their words they say I was their missing piece,” Haylee said. “And I have never felt more loved or more cared for or treasured in my entire life.” Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger received a “Standing in the Gap” award during the celebration for playing a critical role in Haylee’s adoption.
Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger received a “Standing in the Gap” award during the celebration for playing a critical role in Haylee’s adoption.
Celest, who spent almost two years at Davidson Farms before her adoption, was adopted by the Batchelor family in March. Now she's preparing for college this fall and says she is glad to have a family that will support her.
“A lot of people can’t help what they’ve been through and what they’ve become because of that,” Celest said. “A family can help change you into the person you want to be.”
Davidson Farms became a licensed foster home with the state of Alabama in 2017.
The Whitaker Cottage Community is named after Devin and Beth Whitaker, honoring a very generous gift by the couple. IronMountain Solutions donated money to pave a road to the cottages, in addition to donating toward cottage construction. And many other individual donors, companies, and grants have helped get the cottages off the ground.
Construction is expected to be complete on the cottages later this year.
In addition to Davidson Farms and the Whitaker Cottage Community, Kids to Love operates a wide range of programs throughout the year to meet the needs of foster children and families. For more information about our programs, visit our website at kidstolove.org.