New Outdoor Bright Space Opens in Boulder

July 29th, 2014

Boulder 4Outdoor spaces can be very important to children who have experienced violence in their lives, allowing a more comfortable environment for the child to discuss the crisis that faces him. The outdoor space at SPAN in Boulder is used for group therapy as well as one-on-one sessions. When Bright Horizons employees at the Broomfield office found out the space could use some TLC, they sprang into action. They raised money to create an outdoor Bright Space through office fundraisers such as chili cook-offs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, breakfast burritos, and capped it off with a silent auction raising more than $11,000. Special thanks to Linda Toldness and Amy Shamburg for their leadership, as well as the whole Broomfield Foundation Committee for making this Bright Space a reality for the children at SPAN.

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonvoilence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. 

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Dog Therapy Duo Makes a Difference, Recognized with Community Service Award

July 16th, 2014

Dog BONES“When we first got Juno, I had no intention of having her become a therapy dog,” says Arryn Sullivan.  After seeing on TV how much of a difference therapy dogs made to Sandy Hook survivors, though, Arryn found Dog B.O.N.E.S. of MA, an organization that trains dogs for therapy work.  “We went to the sessions, and because of Juno’s personality, she was a shoe in for this type of work.”

For her and Juno’s work together, Arryn, executive assistant to Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy, was recently honored with a Community Service Award for Dog B.O.N.E.S.

Arryn and Juno have visited numerous colleges for stress clinics during mid-terms and finals. They were part of a senior project for a girl at Milford High School, and have visited an elderly man in Wellesley many times.

Lasell Dec (2)“The most time we spend is at the Franciscan’s Children’s Hospital in Brighton in the CBAT psych unit,” says Arryn. “Juno and I go once a week and spend time visiting with the kids.  These kids are struggling with behavioral issues, bad home situations, and are threats to themselves or others.  When we go, I love talking to them (many have been there for months) and witness how they leave their routine for an hour and are just kids having a good time. When we get there the kids run over to Juno and immediately start petting and asking me about her.”

Community Service Awards are $250 and are funded by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

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New Bright Space Opens at Covenant House in Florida

May 14th, 2014

BS OrlandoBright Horizons Center Directors Judy Desrosiers and Leighann Samuda and their teams created a special new Bright Space for children living at the Covenant House in Orlando, FL. Bright Horizons at Baldwin Park and Bright Horizons at Winter Garden created a Bright Space for young children to relax and be kids. The teams also updated and organized the women’s lounge where the mothers and children spend time together.

Each year, Covenant House Florida reaches hundreds of kids in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando via street outreach, crisis shelters, transitional housing projects, and aftercare, making us one of the largest private agencies serving runaway and homeless youth in the state of Florida.

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Welcome to Our Newest Bright Space in Florida

March 11th, 2014




Welcome to our newest Bright Space at Women in Distress of Broward County, Florida, a domestic violence shelter. More than 300 women and children working to transition into a safe, self-sufficient life will be able to use the Bright Space each year.

This Bright Space was sponsored by Bright Horizons client American Express, and volunteers from American Express plan to stay engaged with the Bright Space.

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Bright Spaces Helping Families of NICU Babies

January 6th, 2014

​Families with children in the NICU are experiencing a great deal of emotion: fear, joy, hope, love. Not only are parents worried about the newly-born babies facing their own struggles, but they are worried about the well being of their other children and family members. The Bright Horizons Foundation and the Dallas March of Dimes have partnered to ease this stress at several Dallas-area hospitals.

NICU ribbon cuttingFamilies with newborns in the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas will now have a new Bright Space where they can play and have fun. One new mom says that this is music to her ears because the Bright Space adds a distraction that was much needed for her older child. When visiting her baby brother in the NICU, the family would spend time watching TV in a family room. Now her daughter can use her imagination, feel like there is a space just for her and feel a sense of normalcy in a difficult place.

In addition to a place to play, these Bright Spaces will offer hope and inspiration through beautiful photography and inspiring quotes mounted on the walls. It also includes special materials for siblings with a particular focus on pretend play involving baby dolls, home living and medical play.

In addition to this Bright Space, a ribbon cutting was recently held for the March of Dimes-Dallas/Fort Worthand Bright Horizons Bright Space for Siblings located in the Special Care Nursery for the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. This is the sixth NICU Bright Space the Bright Horizons Foundation has opened in partnerships with the March of Dimes.

NICU KidsFor siblings of children in the NICU and Special Care Nursery, it can be very hard to understand why their baby brother/sister can’t come home and why they need to be at the hospital. The Bright Space allows them a place to play when visiting the hospital, and allows families to spend time together during this period of crisis.

There are more NICU Bright Spaces in the works and we are so proud of the work that is being done.

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Unique Music Studio Bright Space Opens in Memory of Special Young Man

August 1st, 2013

The family of Tyler Montgomery were devastated by his tragic death in a car accident last June, just Tylera month before his 20th birthday. They wanted to find a special way to honor his memory.

Tyler’s cousin, Candice Amour, Center Director at UChicago Child Development Center, knew about Bright Spaces and contacted the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to see about creating one in Tyler’s memory.

A year later, a very unique Bright Space opened: the The TwoCanSam Recording Studio at the Guardian Angel Community Services’ Dillard Harris Education Center in Joliet, IL. Tyler was a gifted aspiring musician, and TwoCanSam was Tyler’s name in a local rap group. The opening was held in celebration of what would have been Tyler’s 21st birthday.

StudioThis music studio will be used to for music therapy and music education in Tyler’s memory. Students from second to twelfth grade will be able to go in and do music and work through their issues, according to program director Laura Coan.

“Because of the Foundation, we do get to celebrate Tyler and because of the Foundation, Tyler’s legacy will live on,” said Candice. “Our family is devastated with the loss of Tyler and our hearts ache, but because of this wonderful opportunity to create a space for Tyler to ‘live’ through, we have begun to fill our hearts with love and hope for the children that will use this recording studio.  You have given us a wonderful outlet for healing.  This is the greatest gift.”


Watch a special video tour of the Bright Space. It not only shows the room….but Tyler’s music is playing in the background.  A song called “UP” of Tyler’s last songs he recorded before his death.  It is about being positive and not getting down and being true to yourself not matter how much people or life circumstances try to put you down.

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Garden of the Five Senses opens at Frazer Center thanks to Greenman Gift

May 13th, 2013

Pictured left to right: Trace Haythorn, Jessica Conway, David Hoffman, Mark Mendel, Melony Gibson, Charlese Dease, and Rosalie Howell

A special “Garden of the 5 Senses” interactive teaching and therapy area recently opened at the Frazer Center in Atlanta. The project was made possible thanks to a Greenman Gift grant from Bright Horizons and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

The Frazer Center is a nonprofit agency with a long-standing history of providing outstanding services to infants, preschoolers and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and other disorders.  It is one of only a few inclusive child care programs in metro Atlanta and are unique in that both children and adults with disabilities are afforded day services at the same site.

The Frazer Center’s 1,600-square-foot existing courtyard was turned into a space that integrates beauty and function. The Garden of the 5 Senses is a space that invites exploration and imagination while also stimulating lear

ning. In addition to plants that are beautiful to see, touch, smell, and taste, there is a small amphitheater for children to listen to stories and a special humming stone. This space will also be used as an outdoor classroom and reading area.

“The heart of our effort lies in the deep conviction that introducing and cultivating a love of nature with young children provides not only a wonderful learning opportunity but also the early building blocks of a life-long commitment to appreciating and caring for our natural world,” said Trace Haythorn, Executive Director.

The Rich Foundation also contributed to the garden.

The Greenman Gift was established in 2009 in honor of Jim Greenman, the former Chairman of the Foundation Board and Senior VP of Education and Training for Bright Horizons. Jim’s professional life was dedicated to the wellbeing of children and families. He left a legacy of creating wonderful places for children and adults where they could play and learn, creating warm memories that would become a part of the fabric of their lives. The Greenman Gift provides a $35,000 grant of direct financial and in kind contributions to one child care program each year to improve its facility in Jim’s honor. 


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Education Coordinator Cameron Randall Receives Gleason Grant

July 28th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Cameron Randall, Regional Education Coordinator in Division 12, for being honored with a Gleason Grant. Morningside Academy will receive a check for $250 in her name.

Cameron supports their annual auction by volunteering her time.  She and her husband run all of the registers, enter in auction sales, greet and register guests, and then close out guest accounts at the end of the evening.  They have been doing this for 4 years now.  As a result, the auction is able to raise more than $100,000 for their scholarship fund.

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Director Lisa Antonelli Receives Gleason Grant

July 21st, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Lisa Antonelli, Director of Bright Horizons at Bridgewater, for being honored with a Gleason Grant. Manville Youth Athletic League will receive a check for $500 in her name.

Lisa is a cheer coach, volunteering 36 hours per month for three months out of the season for a total of 108 hours. She helps children learn the benefits of teamwork, fosters a love of the sport, fosters an understanding of body/physical capability and awareness and a love of fun. She also particpates in community events sponsored by MYAL.

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Corporate Buyer Maria Uribe Receives Gleason Grant

July 14th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Maria Uribe, Buyer, for being honored with a Gleason Grant.  The Animal Rescue League of Boston will receive a check for $500 in her name.

Maria works closely with the Center for shelter dogs and behavior department on dog socialization.  She belongs to the Mod Squad group that works directly with the most difficult dogs, and helps in the new volunteer training.  She fosters kittens, works on the Feral Clinics, Rabies clinics, and takes photos for the website, magazines and events.  Last year Maria had the opportunity to participate on the ASPCA Challenge.
Our special thanks to Diane Trister Dodge, Founder of Teaching Strategies, a member of the Bright Horizons Education Advisory Board and a friend of the Foundation. Her generous donation in honor of retired Foundation President, Dave Gleason, supports the Gleason Grant Program.

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‘Ironman’ Tim Iyoob Raises Almost $1,300 for the Foundation

July 8th, 2014

“There can be no keener revelation of society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ~Nelson Mandela

ironman 70 3 5Tim Iyoob recently completed the Boulder Half Ironman on behalf of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, single-handedly raising almost $1,300.

Tim, the BUCA Contact Center Manager for Bright Horizons in the Broomfield, CO, office, trained for the event for six months with special training 90 days before.

“The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is important to me, because I believe the children are our future. We must build strong children by supporting and developing them as much as we can,” says Tim. “The most important and inspirational part of my training was knowing every day that I walked out the door for a workout, I was making a difference in the lives of children across the USA.”

Tim completed the half ironman – a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run – in 7 hours, 50 minutes, and 12 seconds.

“The swim was my most favorite part of the race and was rather easy for me,” says Tim. “The beautiful scenery of Colorado kept my mind off of any tiredness I was feeling during the bike ride.”

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“I had trained quite a bit to run 13+ miles, but didn’t expect for my legs to be as tired as they were going into the run. It was a constant mind game during the run to keep moving forward and not quit.”

Tim, who plans to complete the Boulder Half Ironman again in 2015, said that what motivated him to keep moving forward during the run was remembering the funds he had raised and all of the positive comments that co-workers had shared. “I would like to thank each and every person that donated or sent motivating words my way!”







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HR Executive Assistant Sharon Silva-Lamberson Receives Gleason Grant for Hemenway Elementary PTO

July 7th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Sharon Silva-Lamberson, Executive Assistant, Human Resources, for being honored with a Gleason Grant.  Hemenway Elementary School PTO will receive a check for $500 in her name.  Sharon has volunteered on the Board for the past 4 years.  She says, with a smile, that she typically “works” at least 5 hours per week – on PTO business, scheduling curriculum based assemblies, fundraising planning and events, volunteering in the classroom with the kids or meeting with teachers, administration or district on current issues and/or needs - Liaison between community-parents and the school.

Our special thanks to Diane Trister Dodge, Founder of Teaching Strategies, a member of the Bright Horizons Education Advisory Board and a friend of the Foundation. Her generous donation in honor of retired Foundation President, Dave Gleason, supports the Gleason Grant Program.

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Assistant Teacher Maria Sagues Receives Gleason Grant for LaMicro Theater

June 23rd, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Maria Sagues, Assistant Teacher at Bright Horizons at Columbus Circle, for being honored with a Gleason Grant.  LaMicro Theater will receive a check for $250 in her name.  Maria helps them with their paperwork, filing, contacting supporters, and when they have an event.


Our special thanks to Diane Trister Dodge, Founder of Teaching Strategies, a member of the Bright Horizons Education Advisory Board and a friend of the Foundation. Her generous donation in honor of retired Foundation President, Dave Gleason, supports the Gleason Grant Program.

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New Outdoor Bright Space Created in Orlando

June 17th, 2014

LC 14Being roundly beaten in volleyball by teenagers is not the way most Bright Space set up days end, but the employees who helped create an outdoor Bright Space in Orlando thoroughly enjoyed their defeat.

A team of 21 Bright Horizons employees who were in Orlando for a company Leadership Conference took most of one day to make a difference in the community by helping create an outdoor Bright Space at the Covenant House shelter for teens in Orlando (Bright Horizons centers did an indoor Bright Space at the same shelter earlier this year). The group provided the teens and children at the agency with an updated outdoor space with seating, shade, children’s play area and updated sports equipment.

The teens were so excited that they set up the volleyball net and challenged the adults to a game. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work!

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Director Valerie Pratt Owens Receives Gleason Grant for Big Dog Ranch Rescue Inc.

June 16th, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Valerie Pratt Owens, Director for Bright Horizons at Abacoa, for being honored with a Gleason Grant. Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Inc. will receive a check for $250 in her name. Valerie walks, washes and feeds dogs while they wait for their forever families to come get them. She brings dogs to adoption events to help local families see the importance of adopting shelter dogs. She also brings dogs to fundraising events to increase the awareness and funding of Big Dog Ranch so that they can continue to rescue and care for dogs of all sizes.

Our special thanks to Diane Trister Dodge, Founder of Teaching Strategies, a member of the Bright Horizons Education Advisory Board and a friend of the Foundation. Her generous donation in honor of retired Foundation President, Dave Gleason, supports the Gleason Grant Program.

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