The Beach City Service League hosted their Annual Bowing Event and Lunch for the students, families and aids of Santa Ana-based High Hopes Head Injury Program. In attendance were 15 BCSL members who are seniors are local high schools, and 20 students, aids and family members. This event at Irvine Lanes not only provided an opportunity to spend some quality time together performing a fun, physical activity, but also served as a respite for the family and aids of these head-injured adults. As always this was a touching and thoroughly enjoyable annual highlight.
“Having one-on-one events with the High Hopes students makes a huge impact on the young men of BCSL. One of our goals is to teach our young high school men about the importance of initiating charitable efforts.” said Geri Frazier, A BCSL mom who organized the event.
During lunch following bowling, Mark Desmond, the founder and Executive Director of High Hopes, spoke about head injuries; the leading cause of disability and death in people under 35. Most heartwarming were the stories of the High Hopes patients themselves, who despite suffering serious injuries from events that range from drunk driving accidents to being victim in criminal assaults, remained positive and appreciative for the rehabilitative services available to them at High Hopes.
Mark Desmond went on to inform those in attendance that High Hopes was the first private non-profit organization formed in the U.S. to exclusively serve the needs of head injured patients and their families. High Hopes is a non-profit organization which offers a unique full-service day treatment program dedicated to facilitating patients’ recovery from brain injuries. Since its inception in 1975, the organization has been recognized numerous times as a pioneer in the development and facilitation of community-based services. This year over 400,000 people will suffer a head injury with some degree of impairment. Mark only wishes that he could serve more of these patients, but funding limits his ability.
Jack Presson, a BCSL participant, commented “My experience has excited me about the possibility volunteering next summer with High Hopes students.”
Beach City Service League (BCSL) is a philanthropic organization for young men in grades 9 – 12 who together with their mothers, are organized to initiate and promote charitable endeavors, to foster the mother-son relationship and to develop community leaders through a structured program of community service, educational, leadership and cultural experiences.