So, what’s the connection between Oscar-winning actor George Clooney and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? Clooney and his family founded the Betty Clooney Foundation and Betty Clooney Center in Los Angeles, California. The Foundation and Center have come to the aid of TBI survivors and their families in getting the resources, support and other important tools since 1983. The organization’s namesake, Betty Clooney, was the sister of actor/writer Nick Clooney (George Clooney’s father) and singer/actress Rosemary Clooney. Betty is George Clooney’s aunt. After Betty Clooney’s death in 1976 as a result of a brain aneurysm, the family created the organization to help
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” William Blake
Here at the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) , stories matter. Everyone who is involved with the organization has a story to tell and a remarkable personal journey. Our new blog feature, Our BEST Stories, is designed to not only tell individual stories on how people became involved with BEST, but also to inspire, share and promote conversation. If you’ve had the opportunity to spend time with BEST Program Director, Penny Condoll, you’ll notice that she has an important catch phrase: “It’s a beautiful thing.” At BEST, our stories are beautiful things indeed. Let’s kick off our first story. Meet
Welcome to our new blog feature, the Monday Kick-starter Quote of the Week. We could all use a little inspiration on a Monday, right? To kick off the new feature, we would like to quote a local Tacoma legend that spoke to auction patrons at the first annual BEST dinner and dessert fundraising auction. “There are two ways to think about things: Either ‘I think I can do’ it or ‘I think I can’t do it.’ It’s all in the attitude, folks. A positive attitude is everything!” —Joe Stortini, local restauranteur, philanthropist, and Tacoma icon during the welcome address at
Oh what a night! The first annual BEST Frightfully Delightful Dinner and Dessert Fundraising Auction was held on October 26, 2013 at Joeseppi’s Ristorante in Tacoma. Auction patrons came from near and far, some even decked out in costumes and spiffy Halloween duds, to feast on delicious Italian cuisine, bid on yummy desserts and other fabulous items in the silent auction, partake in the lively drawings for raffle prizes and door prizes and participate in the spirited costume contest and impromptu Halloween costume parade/mini-dance off! Thanks to the team at Stichin’ It Up!, the auction banquet room was festively
Hello friends and supporters of BEST! As all of you are aware, there are lots of blogs out there in the cyber world. Everyone has their own specific definitions of what a blog is and what a blog does. Here at BEST, we have our very own definition of a blog, too. First off, a blog is a great forum to share information and engage in discussion. However, we see our website’s blog as a bit more. We see it as a welcoming place; a place to come together to learn, share ideas and support one another on our journeys.