2019 Winter Ambassador
Message from our CEO
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! It’s with great pleasure that I can share this greeting with you, our faithful supporters, along with this edition of the Ambassador. I hope you enjoy this extended version of our Winter Ambassador. If you feel as powerfully as I do when you hear these stories, I encourage you to share this magazine with someone else, so that they can experience what you already know. Great things are happening here at Anne Carlsen!
As always, I hope that you enjoy the stories that we present here for you. In this issue you’ll be inspired by a young man by the name of Chase, who has big dreams and a determined spirit. Chase was in attendance with me at a panel discussion at Microsoft where he shared “Anne Carlsen is helping me make my dreams come true, and I am really excited to help make the world better.” You’ll hear about our fun and eventful summer of donor support. Our feature story highlights a wonderful, and perhaps familiar, couple. We first shared the story of Jerry and Kim Pederson with you in a 2010 issue of the Ambassador. Their inspiring and heart-warming commitment to the children at Anne Carlsen has continued all these years. It’s a Christmas story that we had to share with you, our constant reader.
And finally, you’ll find included in this issue, our 2018 Annual Report. This represents our ongoing commitment to transparency. We pride ourselves on working diligently to ensure everything we do reflects our dedication to our mission: To make the world a more inclusive place, where independence is a gift to all.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our challenges, our successes, and our hopes. I hope that as you spend time this holiday season with family and friends, you reflect on your kind and generous support of the Anne Carlsen Center. My wish is that it brings you joy and peace to know that your compassion for those served here makes all the difference!
Wishing you a very blessed holiday season,
Chief Executive Office