Stepping Out


Zip a dee doo dah! Sprinkle a little pixie dust, dress up the dwarfs, wave the magic wand to turn a pumpkin into a carriage, and sing Hakuna Matata all the way to Twin Hills for the 16th annual Stepping Out Dinner/Dance! Get ready for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening and join MaryAnne’s Kids for this year’s themed Gala. This fun-filled night will include dinner, dancing to a live band, a raffle, silent auction, prizes, giveaways, awards and much more. 

Register here The event benefits the hundreds of children in CHD’s Foster Care program. The MaryAnne’s Kids Fund was established in 2000 in memory of MaryAnne Sadak-Eklof, a foster parent who died in 1999 at the age of 46. The fund was started by MaryAnne’s sister, Eva Santaniello of Longmeadow, who died in 2007, and is now managed by CHD.

MaryAnne’s Kids provides money for children in CHD’s Foster Care program so they can participate in activities not typically funded through the state’s foster care system, such as music lessons, dance, art, sports, and summer camps and more.

“Being able to do the things other children enjoy: being successful, being part of a team, discovering that they are good at things. It really changes how foster kids see themselves.” said Jim Williams, program director.

This year’s event is sponsored by PRIDE Gas Stations & Stores, its employees, customers and President, Bob Bolduc. Pride has been a loyal supporter to MaryAnne’s Kids Fund for many years. Every holiday season Pride sells MaryAnne’s Kids Christmas ornaments, which raised more than $25,000 in 2014 alone.

“Pride does so much for MaryAnne’s Kids, helping foster children have opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them.” said Jim Williams, “We are grateful to have such a great partner in the community.”