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    Lake Norman Magazine, including account executive Jane Rodewald (far left) and editor Sam Boykin (center), sponsored a table at the Barium Spring luncheon.
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    Montreal Wilson, 18, a Barium Springs alumni, spoke about his troubled youth and how Barium Springs helped him get his life back on track.
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    Barium Springs president and CEO John Koppelmeyer.
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    Barium Springs Volunteer Kimberly Lawrence addressed the crowd at the Barium Springs Giving Them Hope Annual Luncheon at The Cove Church in Mooresville.
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    The group from the Maya Kellman table.
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    It was all about the children at the Barium Springs Giving Them Hope Annual Luncheon held May 8 at The Cove Church in Mooresville.
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    (lft-rt) Ann Harvey, Linda Catona, and Christine Roedlich of Massage Envy, one of the sponsors of the Barium Springs Luncheon.
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    Selena Walker, director of Child Development and Family Support, and Wendy Cook, executive coordinator at Barium Springs.
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    Jaimon, a student & resident of Barium Springs, gave the invocation.

Barium Springs Giving Them Hope Annual Luncheon

Posted: Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012

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Laura Mueller

Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at www.lauramuellerphotography.com.

It was all about the children at the Barium Springs Giving Them Hope

Annual Luncheon held May 8 at The Cove Church in Mooresville.

Barium Springs president and CEO John Koppelmeyer told his own story

of growing up with dyslexia. He found a teacher who believed in him.

“She saw what I could become,” he said, relating his journey to the

opportunity and support that Barium Springs brings to children and

their families.

In 2011 Barium Springs provided services to 2,995 children, families

and individuals, serving 55 percent more than last year. They added

six new programs, including adoption and intensive family

preservation. The agency serves families in 41 North Carolina

counties.

“If it hadn’t been for Barium Springs, we wouldn’t be the family that

we are today,” foster and adoptive parent Judi Shepherd told the

crowd. “It is up to us to take care of our children.”

Montreal Wilson, 18, also addressed the audience, and spoke about his

troubled youth, and how Barium Springs helped turn his life around.

When he announced he had just been accepted into Brevard College, a

spontaneous round of heartfelt applause filled the room.

All proceeds from the luncheon, provided by the generous support of

corporate sponsors, will directly benefit the children and their

families.

Details: www.bariumsprings.org

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