“Ladies Who Lunch” – a phrase that engenders the (jaded) image of well-heeled, well-off women who gather for long lunches at expensive establishments under the guise of raising money for charity.
Hats, high heels, and high-end bags complete the picture.
That may have been the case in the long ago, or in places other than here. But this is 2017, and we are in Norfolk, where we help our neighbors, and their kids, like it’s our job. Dedicated people spend valuable time and energy and heart to throw black-tie galas, race dragon boats, and coordinate runs and walks every weekend that weather might make it possible.
The Downtown Circle of The King’s Daughters, one of 48 Adult Circles and six Junior Circles throughout Hampton Roads, is a group of lunching ladies who take this job seriously. These ladies, all professional women with busy lives, don’t have time for leisurely lunches and gossip. Rather, they order in and get down to business. These women get more done in one monthly 60-minute meeting than many of us on a good day. Their goal is the same as all other King’s Daughters Circles, to ensure that our region’s children receive the best possible medical care by raising funds to benefit he Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
The King’s Daughters volunteers have been making an impact for more than 100 years; some of the The KD Circles’ 1100+ members have been in service to our community for decades. They make teddy bears to comfort little ones, they advocate on behalf of children’s health, and they provide much-needed equipment to enhance the high-quality care kids and their families receive at CHKD.
The King’s Daughters are excited to announce their recent pledge to raise funds for CHKD’s Behavioral Health program. The funds The King’s Daughters raise will help CHKD train more staff and build a stronger infrastructure to provide timely and effective care for children.
- One in five children suffers from a behavioral health condition.
- It is estimated that 60-90% of children do not receive treatment needed.
- Suicide is the second largest cause of death in children and teens ages 10-14 and 15-24.
Over the years, KD Circle volunteers have raised funds, friends and awareness for CHKD supporting vital programs and purchasing lifesaving state of the art equipment including: Sports Medicine program, purchased a new transport unit, established The King’s Daughters’ Milk Bank and many other state of the art lifesaving equipment.
I’ve often observed that in Hampton Roads, we may like to party, but we party with a purpose. And the Downtown Circle is no different. This month members are finalizing the details for a treasured Tidewater fall celebrations – the Oyster Roast! Now in its 18th year, the Downtown Circle Oyster Roast, held at the Tidewater Boat Club in Norfolk, is responsible for more than $115,000 donations to CHKD.
At this roast on the rivah guests shake it to live music with the Michael Clark Band part of their all-inclusive ticket. They also enjoy a veritable fall feast of BBQ, clams, HOMEMADE BRUNSWICK STEW (a Downtown Circle secret, Southern, recipe), local oysters, and libations. Fire pits, haystacks, and twinkle lights complete the scene.
So grab a friend and kick up your heels at the 18th Annual Downtown Circle Oyster Roast – not only will you feel good, you’ll help our local kids feel good, too.