Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

VKC honors Hobbs Society members

Updated on 4/25/2013 3:24:13 PM.

Source: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

By: Jan Rosemergy

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and its Leadership Council thanked members of the Nicholas Hobbs Donor Society at a reception on April 23 at the home of Sue and Andy Spickard.

The generosity of Hobbs Society donors supports innovative research on the causes and treatments of disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and other genetic syndromes.

Dr. Bob Dittus, associate vice chancellor for Public Health and Health Care at Vanderbilt Medical Center, described the Kennedy Center as a “beacon of hope.” He expressed gratitude to Hobbs Society members whose philanthropy is vital to the Center’s mission of facilitating discoveries and making positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director Elisabeth Dykens thanked members whose gifts support Hobbs Discovery Grants. Across types of disabilities and across the life span, she gave several examples of how promising findings from these innovative “seed” grants are a good investment.

Donna Eskind, Leadership Council chair, closed the evening’s program, thanking Hobbs members for their important work.

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