Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Coming to Birmingham to Speak at Fundraiser for Rainbow Omega

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Press Release J E 4

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 6 Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will speak in Birmingham May 11, 2010 at Rainbow Omega's 18th Annual Fundraising Dinner. The event will take place at 7:00 PM at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard N, Birmingham, AL 35203.

Rainbow Omega is a faith-based 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization. It is strictly non-partisan and is dependent upon donations from individuals, companies and organizations for funding. Rainbow Omega provides a safe permanent home for adults with developmental disabilities. Gov. Palin's youngest son Trig has Down syndrome, as do many of Rainbow Omega's residents.

Governor Palin's topic will be "Dreams for My Child's Future: My Views as an Advocate for Those with Developmental Disabilities."

Founder and CEO Stentson Carpenter says Gov. Palin is uniquely qualified to speak to Rainbow Omega supporters. "We are grateful to Governor Palin for lending her support to our organization. As the mother of a child with a developmental disability, I am sure that Gov. Palin has realized what a special blessing their family has been given and what important decisions they will have to make about his future," said Carpenter.

He adds, "Few people truly understand the anguish of parents who wonder what will happen to their child once they can no longer care for them at home. It is our mission to provide lifelong care in a Christian environment, and we are certain that Gov. Palin will communicate our mission in a dynamic manner."

Rainbow Omega encompasses residential care, respite care, intermediate care for medically frail and aging individuals, and a vocational program that fosters independence. Eighty adults live in large family-style group homes on the 231-acre campus located in Eastaboga, Alabama. Each resident is encouraged to learn new skills according to their abilities. They also participate in social activities in the community at large.

"Rainbow Omega provides a non-institutional environment that offers both a family and a community atmosphere where residents have quality care and are encouraged to grow spiritually as well as to enjoy productive, joy-filled lives," said Stentson Carpenter.

SOURCE Rainbow Omega


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