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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017!
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Merry Christmas from the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation!

As we approach the end of 2016, we reflect on everything that has happened over the past year and can't help but be in awe of how much you mean to us. Truly, we could not be what we are now without you and your support. Because of your time, donations and sponsorship, Facebook shares and likes, and overall commitment to the foundation, we are able to continue with our mission "to assist all children with special needs and their families achieve fulfilled lives through support, resources, respite care, volunteerism and advocacy."
So it is with heartfelt thanks and gratitude that we wish you the Very Merriest Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Butterflies and Bees

Once again, Black Hills State University and The Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation will be teaming up to transform lives by hosting a Hot Pink Out basketball night. On Friday, January 6, 2017 the BHSU Yellow Jackets will face off with the New Mexico Highlands on their home court at the Donald E. Young Center. The Women's team will take the court at 5:30pm with the Men's team following at 7:30pm.

          
It will be a fun-filled night with children's activities, halftime entertainment honoring Kenadi, a frisbee free throw, silent auction and the drawing of the raffle winner.
*See below for the raffle drawing details that you don't want to miss!*

We will also be awarding our annual Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior majoring in Special Education.
So please, mark your calendars, pull out your pink garb and come support our Yellow Jackets at the Kenadi Jean Weis Basketball Night!
 

In Case You Missed It...

Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship

We were tickled pink (and green & gold) to award Gabrielle Haefs with our second annual Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship at BHSU on September 17, 2016.  Gabby is athletic, involved and committed to being the absolute best teacher to children of all abilities, embracing universal design and inclusive classrooms:)

Butterfly Day

On Friday, October 7, 2016 we celebrated Butterfly Day at Mountain View Elementary School in Spearfish, SD.  The Kindergarten Teachers and Therapists along with Foundation Volunteers presented a cooperative way to help children understand and respect individual differences and enjoy each other’s unique strengths. 

Movie in the Park

On Thursday, August 11, 2016 the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation sponsored Movie in the Park night at the newly remodeled Salem Park.  At 8:08 pm we appropriately showed ‘Inside Out’, a movie where a little girls’ feelings come to life.
     
We had Glow Stick Bracelets, a Popcorn Bar and Drink Wagon for all movie-goers:)  Keep calm and Bing Bong! 

Pediped Kenadi Boot

Fall into the newly-designed pediped Kenadi boot in navy leather with lilac fleece lining.  Available at The Wild Rose in Spearfish and Kicks & Giggles in Rapid City, SD. 

BHSU Swarm Days Parade 

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 our Fresh Out of the 90's- School the Cowboys Float rocked 1st Place for Best Community! 
Thank you to everyone who participated; White's Queen City Motors for the use of their awesome truck and trailer; Spearfish High School for the use of their school desks and overhead projector; and James at Binky's Studio for the perfect graffiti painting on our projector screen:)

Kenadi’s Karnival & Silent Auction Fundraiser

Thank you to all of our generous friends, supporters and volunteers for contributing to an amazingly successful one-day-only fundraising event on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
We are beyond thrilled to announce that because of you, Kenadi’s Karnival & Silent Auction was able to raise a total of $28,000 towards our million dollar goal for the Kenadi Jean Playground Destination in Spearfish, SD.  We are so fortunate and blessed to live in such a caring and compassionate community that shares our vision of creating a more inclusive world.  It was the grandest birthday party ever and although Kenadi wasn’t with us to blow out the candles, her love was reflected in the faces of all who attended the celebration.
It is with a grateful heart that we thank each and every one of you!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 24, 2017 for our next Kenadi’s Karnival & Silent Auction Fundraiser!

Kenadi's Recipe Korner

Peppermint Ice Cream - by Gramma Jean



Ingredients
1/3 cup candy canes, crushed (~3-4 candy canes) + more for garnishing
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp peppermint extract
½ Tbsp vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1½ cups half-and-half

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half over medium-low heat until it just begins to simmer.
While the half-and-half is heating, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl.
2. Remove the hot half-and-half from the stove and gradually pour it into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly as you pour.
3. Return the mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon (~4-5 minutes).
4. Remove the mixture from the stove and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container. (Tip: Use a spoon or spatula to help push the mixture through the strainer.)
5. Add the vanilla extract, peppermint extract and heavy cream to the strained mixture; stir until well combined. Cover mixture with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate overnight.
6. Pour the ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. About 5 minutes before the ice cream is done (while it’s solid, but still soft), add the crushed candy canes.
7. Place the finished ice cream into the freezer to harden for at least 4-6 hours before serving.
Garnish with additional crushed candy canes before serving (optional).

Kenadi’s Closet

*The Ableware Maddacrawler Prone Support Walker from Kenadi's Closet encourages weight bearing and crawling to children like Kamryn who need a little support.  
*Kenadi's little Zippie TS Wheelchair has helped to put a smile on Miley's face:)

COMING SOON:  The Firefly Upsee and Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer.   
Check out Kenadi's Closet inventory at www.teamkenadi.com.

Kenadi’s Supporters this Quarter

·         Modern Woodmen, Andy Bartling                    $930.00
·         Black Hills Community Bank, Cheri Moke       $1,000.00
·         Northern Hills Militiamen VMC                         $4,000.00
·         Albertsons Safeway Denver Division               $2,000.00
·         West River Studio, Nancy Tripp                       $346.00
·         Kiwanis Club of Spearfish                                $238.48
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