Community Retreat 2024 Sponsorships

The SUDC Foundation Community Retreat 2024
September 26 – 29th
Chateau on the Lake, Branson MO

Sponsorship is central to ensuring we are able to provide unique experiences for connection that will protect and support the physical, mental, and emotional health of the SUDC community. Bereaved family members affected by the sudden unexplained loss of a child will participate in therapeutic opportunities and restorative activities specifically designed for grieving families to connect and heal.

All retreat programs are offered to attendees at no cost.

 Along with your sponsorship, we’ll recognize your contribution on social media, displays, table tents, breakout rooms or other prominent points during the retreat, workshops and activities — in the weeks before, during, and after the retreat.  Your support will contribute to the mental health and well-being of those attending the retreat. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Milliken at [email protected].

Sponsorships for programmatic support include prominent signage and marketing benefits. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Milliken at [email protected].

Retreat Sponsors

Families affected by the sudden, unexpected or unexplained loss of a child who are registered with the SUDC Foundation are invited to the Chateau on the Lake, Branson, MS for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to come together to restore, reconnect, remember, and renew. The three-day retreat will feature unique experiences for connection that will protect and support the physical, mental and emotional health of our families. Activities include educational opportunities and family-fun events specifically designed for grieving families to connect and heal.

Premier Sponsorship - $25,000 : Graciously Supported by the Vivienne's Joy Foundation

Community Sponsorship - $10,000

Partner Sponsorship - $5,000

Community Giving

Unity Sponsorship - $25,000

The Unity Fund plays a crucial role in our commitment to inclusivity and equal access, ensuring that more members of the SUDC Foundation Community can take part in this profoundly transformative event. The Unity Fund provides limited financial assistance to bereaved families toward the cost of airfare and hotel accommodations related to retreat travel. All registered parents/legal guardians, and grandparents experiencing financial hardship, are invited to request funds to help offset costs associated with lodging and travel expenses.

Funding need: $23,000, Donations in any incremental amounts are greatly appreciated

A portion of funding graciously received from the 4E Foundation.

Event Sponsors

Welcome Reception - $2,500

A warm welcome reception hosted amidst the graceful beauty of the Ozarks, with complimentary refreshments for all SUDC families attending the retreat weekend. The SUDC Foundation President will open the evening with a brief welcome and overview of activities for the weekend. Families will have the opportunity to connect and rekindle friendships with one another as they mingle amid the stunning lake views and rich landscape.

Funding need: $2500

SUDC Community Gathering Dinner - $2,500

A fun and festive dinner for all attendees on Saturday evening to gather and share fond stories of reflection from the weekend events. Everyone will enjoy the delicious Southwestern flavors of Bar B Que ribs, and gooey butter bread while surrounded with newfound friends and acquaintances.

Funding need: $2500  Graciously supported by the Ryan Mancini Charitable Foundation.

Farewell Sunday Breakfast - $1,500

 

Hosted in the Garden Terrace by the SUDC Foundation, Sunday brunch is the conclusion of the retreat weekend. The brunch is our way of saying thank you to all the families who traveled to join us and for their participation in the weekend’s workshops and activities. Families will enjoy a delicious fusion of flavors from the huge range of southern food producing regions while sharing best wishes with new friends until they all meet again.

Funding need: $1500 Graciously supported by the Ariana Mae Foundation

Friday Family Buffet Breakfast - $1,500

Families will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast comprised of cuisine specialties with a Branson, Missouri flare and refreshing beverages, as they prepare for the busy day of emotionally, uplifting and nurturing activities.

Funding need: $1500

Friday Evening Pizza Party - $1,500

Who doesn’t love pizza, burgers and wings! Join us for Missouri’s famous St. Louis Pizza, with thin cracker-like crust made without yeast, Provel cheese, and cut into squares or rectangles instead of wedges. Complimented by juicy burgers and wings.

Funding need: $1500  Graciously supported by the 4E Foundation.

Saturday Family Breakfast - $1,500

Provided by the SUDC Foundation, families will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast comprised of cuisine specialties with a Branson, Missouri flare and refreshing beverages, as they prepare for the busy day of emotionally, uplifting and nurturing activities.

Funding need: $2500

Ice Cream Sundae Party - $500

Did you know the Ice Cream Cone is the State Food of Missouri? Following the SUDC children’s memorial tribute, families will enjoy creating delicious ice cream sundae desserts made up of their favorite flavor ice cream, waffles cones, and sweet sauce with a range of fun toppings such as whipped cream, sprinkles, and confectionary sweets.

Funding need: $500  Graciously supported by the Ryan Mancini Charitable Foundation.

Activity Sponsors

Family Oriented Structured Activity - $2,000

Designed to complement grace and equal parts relaxation and exhilaration, children and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy spending time on Table Rock Lake under the warm Branson sunshine. The SUDC Foundation has arranged for an afternoon of fun activities for attendees to unwind, connect with nature, or enjoy the amenities of the retreat location. 

Funding need: $2000

Family Memorial Craft - $1,200

A dedicated creative activity space, SUDC families will gather together in their own time to lovingly prepare hand crafted tokens in special recognition of their SUDC child. This creative space offers an opportunity for quietly bonding with other families, while remembering a special SUDC child. The crafts will be incorporated as part of the Ceremony of Light.

Funding need: $1200

Ceremony of Light in Honor of SUDC Children - $1,000

There’s nothing more beautiful than the southern early evening sky. And when the day is done, there’s nothing more serene than watching the sun sink over the crystal-clear waters of Table Rock Lake. Families will be invited to gather outdoors with all retreat attendees on Saturday evening, for a tender remembrance to commemorate and honor the memory of SUDC children gone too soon.

Funding need: $1000  Graciously supported by the Zimmerman family

Teens Night Out - $750

Grieving is normal and healthy yet may be an experience many teens resist and reject. The sense of being out of control is often a part of grief that may overwhelm or frighten some teens. Held in the resort’s teen lounge, teens will be able to meet new friends and share experiences with each other over some snacks and games, helping SUDC teens feel they are not alone in their grief journey.

Funding need: $750  Graciously supported by the 4E Foundation

Program Sponsors

Keynote Speaker - $10,000 (Four $2,500 sponsorships available)

KELLY CERVANTES is an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate best known for her blog “Inchstones,” where she shared the stress, love, and joy that came with parenting her medically complex daughter, Adelaide. Since Adelaide’s passing, just five days shy of her fourth birthday in October of 2019, Kelly has continued to write candidly about her arduous and, at times, contradictory grief journey. Kelly’s talk will be followed by a book signing.

Funding need: $10,000, Four $2500 sponsorships available

Sibling Therapeutic Workshops - $1,500 (Three $500 sponsorships available)

Children ages 4-17 who are accompanying their parents over the weekend will have the opportunity to participate in their own an age-appropriate therapeutic morning workshops led by child life specialists from the University of Missouri.

Funding need: $1500, Three $500 sponsorships available

Adult Holistic Grief and Therapuetic Workshops - $1,500 (Three $500 sponsorships available)

A series of total mind-body therapeutic sessions that each embrace the skills of grief coping mechanisms, and tools for healing. A restorative way for loved ones to find balance, self-healing and wellness therapies.

Funding need: $1500, Three $500 sponsorships available

Grandparents Tea - $500

The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is very special and unique. When a grandchild dies, the grief associated with the loss is often so intense and painful, it leaves bereaved grandparents feeling hopeless as they experience what many refer to as a double loss. Not only do they mourn for their grandchild, they may also feel a sense of helplessness because they are unable to take away the pain felt by the parents of their grandchild, one of whom is their own child. The tea is an opportunity for grandparents to meet one another, share perspectives and lean techniques for managing this double grief.

Funding need: $500

Parent Panel - $500

Peer Friend and mother to Haley, Suzanne Tom will lead a diverse group of SUDC parents in a meaningful discussion on finding life after loss. They will share their journeys through grief, exploring how it evolves over time, and coping with these changes. This panel aims to offer support, insights, and hope to all attendees.

Funding need: $500, Graciously supported by John and Wendy Spencer

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