Efforts to raise funds to build the B.E. Smith Children’s Center received a significant
boost through the 35th Annual Tiny Tim Holiday Fantasy on November 20, 2016. The event raised a record-breaking $1,014,000 for the children of our community.
The sold-out event took place at the Overland Park Convention Center with more than 1,200
guests in attendance. Tim and Kim Deves served as chairs, with Doug and Nan Smith as honorary chairs.
The Foundation for SMMC has produced the Tiny Tim Holiday Fantasy since 1985, seeking to raise community support for the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center and, this year, the Early Learning Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Tiny Tim funds will help to build a new home for these programs in the B.E. Smith Children’s Center.
Through Tiny Tim and the Children’s Capital Campaign the Foundation for SMMC has raised over $10 million for the new center. Earlier this year, former CEO of B.E. Smith, Doug Smith, and his wife, Nan, made a lead gift to begin the fundraising efforts for the new Center.
“We are very grateful to Doug and Nan Smith for their visionary gift for the special children of our community. Their investment will make possible an extraordinary building which will change the lives of children with developmental challenges,” said Lou Gehring, Senior Executive Director of the Foundation for SMMC.
The Tiny Tim Holiday Fantasy event also honored Joy Cottrell and Dr. Grace Holmes. They received the 2016 Richard V. Edmonds Award for Exemplary Service, which was created in 1995 in recognition of the years of leadership and service Richard Edmonds gave to SMMC and the community.
Joy Cottrell, RN was instrumental in the planning and preparation for the opening of the Infant
Development Center in 1972, and worked tirelessly alongside founder Lee Ann Britain in the early years of the Center. She played an essential role in developing therapy services for children and families.
Developmental Pediatrician Grace Holmes, MD, served on the staff of the Infant Development Centerfrom 1973 until her retirement in 2000. She developed individualized treatment plans for each child inthe program, a vital step in enabling them to reach their greatest potential. Dr. Holmes and Lee Ann Britain published numerous professional articles about the effectiveness of the Center and actively promoted its work at conferences throughout the country.
Both Joy and Grace shared Lee Ann Britain’s visionary belief that children with special needs could lead fulfilled, productive lives and worked passionately alongside her to make the Infant Development Center a success. Like Richard Edmonds, they have made a lasting difference for the children and families in our community, and The Foundation was proud to honor them.
For further information on Tiny Tim or the Children’s Capital Campaign, please contact the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center at 913 676-2055.