Family Retreat 2021

The SUDC Foundation Family Retreat 2021 is scheduled to be held September 24th – 26th in San Antonio, TX, US. Families affected by the sudden, unexpected or unexplained loss of a child who are registered with the SUDC Foundation are invited to this one-of-a-kind opportunity to come together to restore, reconnect and renew.

The 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. See below for a more detailed overview of planned events.

All details of the retreat are subject to change based on local and national COVID-19 mitigation guidelines and the guidance from SUDC Foundation medical advisors to ensure the health and safety of all our guests.

This year’s retreat will be held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Nestled amid 600 acres of oak-covered hills, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a luxury haven within a stunning landscape. It features the River Bluff Water Experience, a nine-acre water park featuring a 1,100-foot lazy river and accommodations with expansive floor plans, plush furnishings, premium amenities and breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country. The resort is also close to the area’s most popular attractions, including wineries, SeaWorld, Shops at La Cantera, Natural Bridge Caverns and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

Registration Now Open

Make a Donation

The SUDC Foundation family retreat provides an opportunity for families impacted by SUDC to come together to restore, reconnect and renew through educational opportunities, group activities, and family-fun events, specifically designed for grieving families to connect and heal. The retreat is offered free of charge for all registered family members. Please consider helping all SUDC families attend the 2021 Family retreat by making a donation today.

Sponsorships

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 SUDC families. Families affected by SUDC will participate in educational opportunities and family-fun events specifically designed for grieving families to connect and heal. Retreat programs are offered to all attendees at no cost.

Weekend Event Overview

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO local and national COVID-19 mitigation guidelines and the guidance from SUDC Foundation medical advisors.

Friday, September 24th

  • Complimentary outdoor welcome reception featuring food, drink, entertainment and an opportunity for all families to kick off the weekend
  • A gathering designed specifically for SUDC dads

Saturday, September 25th

  • Breakfast and dinner provided by the SUDC Foundation
  • Opportunities for yoga, group hike, golfing at TPC San Antonio and family fun activities
  • A memorial tribute for SUDC children
  • Free time to enjoy resort amenities
  • Gatherings designed especially for teenage SUDC siblings and SUDC moms

Sunday, September 26th

  • Farewell breakfast
  • Opportunity for golf at TPC San Antonio

Planning Your Weekend

The Family Retreat is provided free of charge to families registered with the SUDC Foundation.

The weekend includes all family programming including some meals.
*Golf will be partially funded by the SUDC Foundation.

Families are responsible for the following costs:

Hotel

Retreat attendees are eligible for a group room rate of $199/night + tax

Travel

Transportation to and from the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Meals

Light dinner Friday night

Lunch on Saturday

Snacks and other incidentals, etc.

The SUDC Foundation will provide all other meals for families starting with hors d’oeuvres on Friday night through Sunday breakfast.

Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a limited number of family scholarships for our 2021 Family Retreat. Scholarships are limited and are open to SUDC parents/legal guardians and grandparents who are registered with the Foundation. We encourage all registered parents/legal guardians, and grandparents experiencing financial hardship to apply – particularly those who have been active with the Foundation, whether it be in support, research, advocacy, or event planning. Scholarships will be made available to offset the cost of travel and accommodations.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship has been extended to June 21.* Applicants will be notified of the decision on or about June 28.* If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Brindle at amanda.brindle@sudc.org.

*Please know that if you have submitted your application prior to the original due date of June 7th this will not impact your application decision notification date of June 18th.

Booking Your Stay

Reservations should be made, modified or canceled at https://book.passkey.com/go/SUDCFamilyRetreat or calling 1-877-622-3140.

The group rate is guaranteed for reservations made on or before September 3, 2021. Reservations must be canceled at least seven days prior to arrival to avoid charges. A deposit is required at booking. The SUDC Foundation will cover the cost of the daily resort fee for each room (valued at $56/room/day). This includes the amenities listed here.

Resort Amenities

Guest room wireless

Access to spa/fitness center, sport court, tennis facility and water park

Golf bag storage at TPC San Antonio

2 drinks per day from resort bar

Self-parking

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO local and national COVID-19 mitigation guidelines and the guidance from SUDC Foundation medical advisors .

When making your travel arrangements, we would encourage you to ensure that your bookings are refundable. It is our hope to proceed with an in-person event; however, the COVID pandemic is still present and evolving. Our goal will always be ensuring the safety of all participants. If the retreat needs to be postponed, the SUDC Foundation will not be responsible for any fees incurred with rescheduling flights or travel plans.

Family Retreat T-Shirts

SUDC Foundation Family Retreat 2021, T-shirts are available for all ages. Every effort will be made to ensure the shirt is printed with the most up-to-date list of SUDC children’s first names. As a result, no shirts from this campaign will be printed or shipped before July 15th. A special thank you to SUDC mom, Brittney Sowers Patterson for designing this year’s retreat T-shirt.