Seven-year-old Emrik Brown took part in Bessie’s Hope Youth and Elders program through Aspen Academy this past year. The program had a huge positive impact of him. He looked forward to the visits to Orchard Park every time and talked about his elder friends all the time. For his 7th birthday, he decided to forgo the usual gifts from his friends and instead ask for donations to Bessie's Hope.
In the picture Emrik presents his donation money to Sharron Brandrup, Bessie’s Hope Co-founder, at the August 19 opening night gala of the musical TOGETHER.