A Speech and THANK YOU from Jared
Wow that was truly touching, Paul.
Family, friends, clients, fraternity brothers, and even my high school Bro who is in from Colorado after 22 years are here tonight
This overwhelming turnout tonight, is very inspiring.
Because of this I’ve realized 3 things:
- 1. I have a lot of very supportive, kind, and generous people in my life.
- 2. Pp2 in only 3 short years, although we are a small we are quite impactful.
- 3. We make a huge difference in familys’ lives.
Real quick I’d like to give A huge shout out to Steve, from Steven’s Exterminating for without hesitation hosting this sensational gala this year.
When we booked this event, we had some concerns about the vastness of the venue. But, looking around, all I see is that the sky’s the limit (look up to the balcony)
Please everyone, take a look around and give yourselves a big round of applause because without all of you this was just an idea in my head. You are truly the missing piece that brings all of these families together.
I believe everyone in life has a mission or a purpose…
In life everyone goes through their own trials and tribulations. However, we all deal with it in different ways.
You either go with the flow
or you learn and change it, so that others do not have to go through the same thing.
- 1. Is it, to make a difference?
- 2. To change peoples lives?
- 3. A parents love?
- 4. To help Bring some hope and understanding?
- 5. To make an impact?
Or is it all of the above? If you followed us for the last 3 years, you know that Puzzle Pieces Squared stems from every one of those reasons.
Did YOU KNOW?
This is our 3rd year and we have touched so many lives. Wait, this can’t be right? My twins are going to be 14? What happened? Where did the time go?
Time flies, I feel like I was just up here in front of you a few days ago.
It was just the other day we were blessed with our twins’ presence. However, we were not prepared for what life would throw at us back then. Soon, our world was about to crack at it’s core, our boys were diagnosed with that word that no parent expects to hear. Autism.
- An estimated 2.41 percent of children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
AND, DID YOU KNOW that:
- If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.
Our own boys offer a unique perspective on life. In our world, privacy does not exist. Holidays and snow days throw us into chaos, and sometimes when one situation is handled, it can trigger another.
However, you never know what kind of day you will have when you do hang with us. We never know what beautiful moments will occur. We prove that miracles happen with no notice and unbelievable and laughable situations can make everything better.
Now as you can see, life as a parent with autistic children is an adventure. You never know if it will be a good or bad day with positive or negative experiences. But I can tell you this, there is always new challenges ahead.
In only three years time we have touched many lives. Puzzle Pieces Squared has been very busy. Some of the things we have accomplished thanks to your generous donations last year have provided
- 1. an ipad to a help communication between a mother and son
- 2. behavioral therapy
- 3. a computer,
- 4. a treadmill
- 5. an outdoor trampoline for sensory input
- 6. software for special needs classes in a school district.
- 7. And, a whole bunch of love and financial assistance for services that insurance refused to cover.
Thank you to our committee that gives time year around to plan this event and all the ins and outs of running a charity foundation.
A very special thank you to our family, especially Mom Mom Jill and Pop Pop Lewis for their countless help with their grandchildren. The advice and unconditional love you give to us, especially the twins, makes a huge difference in our daily lives. The supportive shoulders to cry on and the endless memories that you have given to our children and us will never be forgotten.
To all the sponsors, speakers, volunteers and everyone that made this possible; from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. In addition, thank you to our P2 families, for allowing me to get to know your children, welcoming me into your family and allowing us to help.
Last, but not least, I would not be up here today in front of all of you if it wasn’t for Trish. The woman who makes my World spin, and is my heart, my amazing and beautiful wife.
For 23 years you have made my world complete, You are my biggest cheerleader
Thank you for who you are and what you do each and every day.
From the second I wake till I put my head on my pillow you are my driving force none of this would be possible with out you
Our little men and I love you so very very much.
Puzzle Pieces Squared is looking to have an even bigger impact in 2019, please if you know of anyone who could use our services, let them know help is on the way.
Please enjoy the food and your evening.
Thank you all for being here tonight and becoming an integral piece of the puzzle.