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– September 2017 –

Thank you for your continued support of David’s Refuge.
Because of you, we are able to provide 250 respite weekends and a growing number of supporting events designed to reinforce the importance of self-care and to keep our families connected year round! 

A Taste of David’s Refuge
Friday, September 8th – Beak & Skiff 1911 Tasting Room

Honorary Co-Chairs, Jeff & Jennifer Rubin 

A big thank you to all who took part in the 4th Annual Taste of David’s Refuge event on Friday, September 8th. The event was filled with love, friendship, stories and compassion.

At the end of the night, a cool $110,000 was raised which will cover the cost of weekend respite for more than 200 families in the coming year!  

Thank you to our honorary chairs Jeff and Jennifer Rubin, all of our amazing sponsors and guests, and Beak & Skiff for being our hosts. Can’t wait to see everyone again next year!!!

Todd & Amy Caputo and friends

With Gratitude 
Notes from the David’s Refuge Guest Book

“We are eternally grateful for the weekend of respite David’s Refuge provided to us. We were able to hit the pause button as parents and get back to basics as husband and wife. We had no idea how desperately we needed a minute to nurture our marriage.

Our weekend away afforded us the realization that our strength as a family is deeply rooted in a strong marital foundation, and our foundation needed some tending to.

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting couples with similar daily struggles and gained strength from each other when sharing stories. Our hosts, David and Judy, were the kindest, most supportive couple who’s resilience after tragedy demonstrated to us that with hard work and a commitment to each other, we too have much to be thankful for!”

Big Shrimp & Shiny Cars 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – The Oncenter

The 20th Annual SADA Charity Preview will be held at the Oncenter on November 1, 2017 – that’s right, twice in one year for this year only! Since 1998, the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association Charity Preview has raised over $2,500,000 to support nonprofit organizations.

As you enjoy fine food, drinks, and musical entertainment you’ll be given a special preview of the annual auto show featuring the newest and most exciting cars and trucks. The next SADA Charity Preview event won’t be held until 2019 so don’t miss your chance to attend “The Best Party in Town.”

Thanks to the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association’s generous underwriters, 100% of your ticket cost is directed to the charity of your choice. We are hoping you would choose to support David’s Refuge!

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Building Community
A Note from Rory Lawrence, Program Services Manager

A few weeks ago I was at an event for adaptive equipment and I ran into two David’s Refuge families. The minute I saw them, my face lit up and I ran over and hugged them…you know those hugs where you hold on extra tight because the person is so special! A few hours later as we drove home, I turned to my husband Mark and said “we would never have known all of these

 amazing people if we didn’t have Hugo.”  We looked at each other as the magnitude of that really sunk in. Hugo has made me who I am today, but sometimes I forget just how many incredible people he has brought into my life, many of them through David’s Refuge.

The community that David’s Refuge has built over the last six years is so beautiful. What started as one couple in Warren and Brenda’s home is now over 350 families. It is such a gift to my family and I truly hope it is a gift to yours too!

With love,

Join Us for the 2017 Heat Run!
An inclusive, accessible 1K/5K/10K benefiting David’s Refuge

2017 Heat Run
September 30th – Vestal Coal House, Binghamton, NY
– David’s Refuge 1st 1K/5K/10K Event –
Thank you Mirabito for believing in our mission to Care for the Caregiver. 
Please register below to run or just come & cheer on the attendees!
Heat Run Registration

Rhythm of Respite Update
A Note from Sarah Watson, Special Events Manager 

Another summer down, another summer picnic in the books! Last month we held our annual Summer Picnic at Eastern Hills Bible Church, where over 100 parents and children enjoyed the day filled with bouncy houses, face painting, carnival games, and balloon art! Everyone enjoyed lunch provided by Dot Foods, Stingers Pizza, and Nice and Easy, while they listened to the amazing Stringdom – Duo! Thank you to our sponsors and to our volunteers who helped make the day so wonderful for all of the families that attended!

Next up on our event schedule we have our Dad’s Event, September 30th! 30 Dad’s have signed up to enjoy an action packed day filled with a Brewery Tour, Beer Tasting, Dinosaur BBQ, and fellowship with other dads!

The spots for our 3rd Annual Beauty of Mom event filled up in a record breaking (and almost email breaking!) 50 minutes! Twenty-five moms will enjoy the day filled with hair and makeup pampering, wine tasting, yummy snacks, and a personalized photoshoot! With the success of our Beauty of Mom events, we have partnered with Hue Salons in Rochester to add another Beauty of Mom in early 2018! YES that’s correct- 2018 will have 2 Beauty of Mom events!

Thank you again to everyone who was able to attend our Summer Picnic, I am looking forward to scheduling MORE events for 2018!

Do you have a great IDEA for a new David’s Refuge event? Please reach out to me at !