On September 8, 2018, about 125 people had like a totally rad time at "Totally 80s" themed dance. This was the fourteenth dance held by For Maddie's Sake since 2011. Some of our dancers dressed like Madonna, Budd & Sissy from Urban Cowboy, the Let's Get Physical Girls and Run DMC rappers. Our Cindy Lauper, entertained us with some Def Leppard karaoke - she rocked the house to DJ Maddie's Daddy's hits from the 80's.
We appreciate all the volunteers and sponsors including For Maddie's Sake Board, Midlothian Civic Center, CNB Bank, Chick-fil-a, Frank Seale Middle School StuCo and Heritage High Student.
The next dance will be themed a "Wizard of Oz Party Dance" and will be held April 13, 2019. View details
Disney Pals Party Dance, Bit Hit!
April 14th was a fun time for all 140+ people who attended the thirteenth Saturday Social Inclusion Dance to show your support for people of all abilities. Disney characters, Mickey, Minnie and Belle, showed up to dance with our friends. So fun. For more fun pictures, click here.
Spreading awareness to the radio waves
Today, Richard and Donna had the absolute pleasure of talking with talented radio show hosts from Salem Media Group: 94.9 KLTY's Starlene Stringer and John Hudson, Hondo with 99.5 The Wolf's Front Porch Show, Anna DeHaro of iHeart Radio and K104's Shannon Thomas. We were invited to sit among these talented radio personalities and share information about For Maddie's Sake, Inc, our non-profit foundation. We explored opportunities for growth and awareness. They also want to donate door prizes at our next Saturday Social Inclusion Dance. We hope to see you there and hopefully you'll get an awesome door prize.
A student led project called Links of Love was inspired to create awareness for one of Maddie's diagnosis', Microcephaly, a neurological disorder where the head size is small than average and developmentally delayed. This was held in honor of Microcephaly Awareness Day, September 30th. The student sold t-shirts and handed out For Maddie's Sake flyers to individuals to promote awareness of acceptance of differences in people. At the end of a one week fundraiser, they pulled together $1,080 to donate to a non-profit organization that is dear to our hearts, the Foundation for Children with Microcephaly. A big thank you goes out to Callie Roberson and Debbie Fussell for helping to get the word out.
We held our second annual scholarship fundraiser for two weeks in August and doubled our goal of $700 to a whopping $1,400. Locally owned, home based businesses, Mom’s Creations (Johnnie Lipsius) and Queeny V’s (Jenny Vasquez) have partnered with For Maddie’s Sake, Inc. to help raise funds to give a scholarship to a 2018 Midlothian ISD graduate in pursuit of a career path in special education or therapy program. See some of their work below.
Many people had a chance to enjoy the infamous chocolate chip cookies, that are always at our Saturday Social Inclusion Dances, as Thank You gift for making a monetary donation. A big thank you goes out to Sheila Williams (Maddie's Maw) for baking almost 40 baker's dozen cookies!
In Memoriam of Michael D Swoveland
Michael D Swoveland passed away Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, after having a fun filled day with family and friends. He was loved by so many and his family. Click here for details about his Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, Mark, Michael's twin brother, has asked that donations be sent to For Maddie's Sake, Inc. for JW's granddaughter, Maddie Dixon. Click here to donate.
For Maddie's Sake held a fundraiser to fund a scholarship for a deserving 2017 graduation Midlothian ISD student who is planning to pursue a career as a therapist. The board decided to grant a $500 scholarship to two outstanding students: Victoria Tacker and Emily King.
Dancing with Disco Dogs
We had a great time last night. We had a great turnout in volunteers. Dancers came to enjoy some pizza, friendship, games, prizes and a little dancing to some fun disco music. We are always excited to see how the dancers are going to be dressed. And they are always excited to see what prizes they are going to get. DJ Carl of Fire Bird Entertainment had us dacing in a conga line, doing the wobble, the cupid shuffle, and a little footloose to 70s and 80s music. View pictures
We truly appreciate all the help we received getting the venue setup and decorated for the party. A big thank goes to Red Oak DeMolay, St Joseph Catholic Church's student council, Midlothian Heritage High School's student council, Navarro College therapy student, and a couple of individuals for setup and clean up.
The next dance is scheduled for October 28, 2017. It's going to be SPOOKTACULAR. Learn more
March for Respect 2017
We filled the streets of downtown Dallas on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in support of people with disabilities. About 50 people walked on this gorgeous day with our For Maddie's Sake group at the annual Marcch for Respect, a half-mile walk hosted by the Arc of North Texas.
Laughter, hugs and encouraging words from friends, family and co-workers made a wonderful day for a beautiful cause. We are so thankful for everyone who came out and who gave donations to support our cause.
"My name is Maddie and I'm a small teenager who enjoys life and has fun wherever I am!"
"There's more to me than just my special needs and my diagnoses. People are very curious about me and I don't mind sharing.
I was born with a rare disorder Feingold Syndrome which consists of my most noticeable characteristic,
Microcephaly (small head). Mommy says mine is cute and petite...just like me!
"God gave it to me, so I thought I'd wear it."