Hamilton County Job and Family Services was honored to recognize 50 young men and women in foster care who overcame the odds and graduated from high school.
The Celebration of Dreams, which took place on Wednesday, June 18, was held at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.
For many of them, graduation is just a beginning as they go on to college, trade school or other successful careers.
This year’s event featured country music singer, songwriter and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne. Wayne spoke about his experience growing up in the foster care system and the life of advocacy he has led since then.
Wayne also entertained everyone by playing his guitar and singing. He even stuck around after the event to talk with the graduates and sign cd’s.
One of the highlights of the event was director Moira Weir honoring the foster mother of a graduate who passed away a few weeks prior to the event. The foster mother came up onstage to receive the graduate’s certificate and gave a heartwarming and passionate speech honoring the girl’s life.
Thank you to The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile. Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation for helping us put on this wonderful event for our graduates!