A Message from the Executive Director
Greetings, <<First Name>>,
Thank you for helping Healthy Brains for Children meet our mission of preventing prenatal exposure to alcohol. This is the time of year when we ask your help as a charitable 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. We rely on donations to continue our work in preventing prenatal exposure to alcohol. Your donation to HBC will be used to continue our work informing our communities and nation about the need for prevention of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
This past year was an exciting year for HBC. In July, we installed the world’s first pregnancy test dispenser in a women’s restroom in a bar in Mankato, MN. This caused a media whirlwind, with stories showing up around the world. I was privileged to talk to many people about preventing prenatal exposure to alcohol, especially in unexpected pregnancies.
Some of the following can be found on our website. www.healthybrainsforchildren.org including:
· New York Times article
· Anderson Cooper interview
· The Doctors TV Show
We are excited to have well respected researchers interested in conducting research into the effectiveness of the dispensers. These studies will be critical to the success of the project and will be of great benefit for Healthy Brains for Children by keeping us in the national spotlight in the world of prevention. The interested researchers include:
Dr. Ira Chasnoff, Pediatrician, Children's Research Triangle, University of Illinois. Dr. Chasnoff spoke at our "Beginning the Journey" event in Grand Rapids, MN in 2010
· Christina Chambers, PhD, and Dr. Kenneth Jones (Dr. Jones discovered FAS in 1973), University of California, San Diego, and John Clapp, PhD, San Diego State University.
· Dr. Larry Burd, University of North Dakota. Dr. Burd spoke at our "Beginning the Journey" event in Brainerd, MN in 2010.
The brand manager for a leading international company marketing pregnancy tests contacted us looking to partner with us to bring the prevention message to their product, which is marketed around the world and is in all the major chains. This partnership will be critical to adding pregnancy testing before drinking to the national dialogue around Responsible Drinking. It is amazing what one pregnancy test dispenser in a women’s restroom in a bar has done for the discussion of preventing prenatal exposure to alcohol in unexpected pregnancies.
Healthy Brains for Children’s Chapter Initiative has added community chapters in Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, our first in Canada. Each of these chapters focuses prevention efforts in their communities and uses the collective knowledge of the chapter members from other locations to strengthen their prevention efforts. Through the chapters, the prevention message has been presented to over 20,000 people in 2012 at county fairs, community expos, events, presentations, keynotes, and trainings.
We need your help to continue our work. A $10 donation by each person receiving this letter will give us two months of operating funds to continue moving our Think Before You Drink pregnancy test dispenser initiative and Chapter Initiative forward. A $60 donation by each person will give us a full year's operating funds. Please donate as you can afford to HBC by clikcking on the Donate button on the top of this letter, by logging on our site www.healthybrainsforchildren.org and donating on our donation page, or by sending a check to
Healthy Brains for Children
1 West Water St. Suite 275
St. Paul, MN 55107
Thank you and have a Happy Holiday Season,
Jody Allen Crowe