Be sure to pick up your copy and read the amazing article about the Mircale League spread out across 4 pages inside with lots of pictures. Check out the cover at https://www.facebook.com/validitymag. All Glory to God!!!
Abigail’s Plan was featured in the latest edition of Breaking Ground produced by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.
"Lesa, Abigail, and I are humbled and thankful for being named citizens of the year by the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. God is revealing through Abigail's Plan what can happen when everyone from all over our county comes together for a common cause. This is truly God's Plan and Lesa, Abigail, and I are blessed to be along for the ride. We are witnessing a miracle, from which will come a Miracle Field!!! All Glory to God!!! Thank you Lawrence County...the most compassionate and giving place in the world!!!"
— Tommy Lee Kidd
Abigail’s Plan would like to say ‘Thank You’ to Mars Hill Baptist Church for their special love offering of $12,500 to help build a Miracle Field for athletes with special needs. God is good all the time!!! Pictured are Abigail Kidd and her buddy, Brother Mickey Brackin (senior pastor at Mars Hill Baptist).
First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg recently presented a special love offering to Abigail’s Plan in the amount of $9,000 to help build a Miracle baseball field for people with special needs. Pictured with Abigail Kidd are her buddies at First Baptist Church. All Glory to God!!!
The employees of Graphic Packaging recently held a potluck dinner to celebrate employee birthdays. Donations were collected for the meal, and the employees voted to donate the proceeds to Abigail's Plan toward the construction of the new “Miracle Field” for the athletes of the Challenger league. GPI spokesperson Lorie Jones, Continuous Improvement Manager stated "Our employees selected a very worthy cause. Children and adults with special needs are an integral part of our community, and Abigail's Plan will ultimately set our community apart from others upon completion of the capital project - the fields of dreams."
Abigail's Plan would like to thank Jeff and Sherry West for their support with a sizable donation. Jeff and Sherry would like to challenge other families to make a contribution to Abigail's Plan. In making their donation, the West's referred to Mark 4:20 in the bible that states, "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
Tommy Lee Kidd was a part of the Tennessee disability advocacy delegation chosen to attend the National Disability Policy Seminar in Washington D.C from April 23rd through April 25th. The three day seminar consisted of two days of classes to prepare all advocates for face-to-face meetings with Senators and Congressman at their offices on Capitol Hill. The seminar drew disability advocates from 48 states with approximately 700 people attending. Tommy Lee was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2009 to serve on the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. In 2011, Tommy Lee accepted the position of Legislative Chairman to the Council and has just been re-appointed by Governor Bill Haslam for a second 3 year term.
Pictured from left to right are: Laura Compton with the Arc of Chattanooga, Sheila Moore with the Arc of Davidson County, Frank Meeuwis with the Arc of TN, Tommy Lee Kidd with the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, Senator Lamar Alexander, Doria Panvini with the Arc of TN, Senator Bob Corker, Maggie Masimore with the Arc of Davidson County, and Elise McMillian with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.
Abigail Kidd, Lesa Kidd, and Tommy Lee Kidd were a part of the Tennessee disability advocacy delegation chosen to attend the National Disability Policy Seminar in Washington D.C. from April 15th through April 17th. Tommy Lee was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2009 to serve on the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities (TCODD). In 2011, Tommy Lee accepted the position of Legislative Chairman to the Council and was re-appointed by Governor Bill Haslam for a second three year term in 2012. Abigail was asked by the TCODD to attend the disability seminar in Washington this year as a self-advocate. The three day seminar consisted of two days of classes to prepare all advocates for face-to-face meetings with Senators and Congressman at their offices on Capitol Hill. The seminar drew disability advocates from 50 states with approximately 800 people attending.
ABOVE: Abigail and Ruthie (Ruthie is Abigail’s doll with a matching outfit) is pictured meeting with Representative Diane Black.
LEFT: Pictured from left to right are: Lesa Kidd, Tommy Lee Kidd, and Abigail Kidd with the TCODD, Senator Lamar Alexander, Frank Meeuwis with the Arc of TN, Senator Bob Corker, Wanda Willis with the TCODD, Tiffany Mason with the TCODD, and Elise McMillian with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.
The Lawrenceburg Elks Lodge and Dusty Richardson Charities held a fundraiser for Abigail's Plan, raising over $9,500.00. Pictured at the check presentation are: Front Row, Alaric Crouch, Secretary Lawrenceburg Elks Lodge; Abigail Kidd; Bonnie and Billy Richardson, Dusty Richardson Charities and Elks Lodge members; and Tommy Lee Kidd. Back row, Wanda Shook, Exalted Ruler Lawrenceburg Elks Lodge, and Lesa Kidd.
Brent Cooper, this judicial district's new District Attorney General, presented $1,250 to Abigail's Plan last week. Cooper said he is dividing money left over from his campaign among four different non-profits, two in Maury County, and Abigail's Plan and the Summertown Lions Club in Lawrence County. Pictured with him are Lesa, Abigail, and Tommy Lee Kidd.
Cornerstone Rack and Tooling recently presented a donation of $2000 to Abigail's Plan. Pictured with Abigail and her parents Tommy Lee and Lesa Kidd are fellow athlete Alice Prince; Paul and Melinda Robinson, co-owner of Cornerstone Rack and Alice's sister, respectively; and Cornerston employee Eric Shultz Abigail's Plan is the goal to build a rubberized softball field for the Buddy Ball League, whose members have mental and or physical handicaps. For more information and to donate, go to AbigailsPlan.org.
- The Kidd family - Tommy Lee, Lesa, and Abigail - presented a program about Abigail's Plan to the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club last Friday. The Rotary Club is sponsoring a 5K this Saturday, August 30 to benefit Abigail's Plan. It will be held at Rotary Park with registration at 7 a.m., the 5K beginning at 8 a.m., and a Fun Run beginning at 9:00. This is being held in conjunction with the kickoff off ticket sales for the Middle Tennessee District fair's headliner, David Nail.
The Lawrence County Association of Baptists recently presented a donation of $2,000 to Abigail's Plan. Pictured are Mike Kemper (Director of Missions), Rev. Larry Spears (Baptist Association Moderator and Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church), Abigail Kidd, Lesa Kidd, and Tommy Lee Kidd.
Edwards Oil/Quik Mart and Shell together are giving the largest lump sum donation to date to Abigail's Plan. Pictured left to right are Jennifer Weatherly, representing Sheil; Charlie Edwards and Jonathon Edwards, Edwards Oil/Quik mart Chief Operating Officer and President, respectively, and Abigail, Lesa and Tommy Lee Kidd.
Members of Coleman Methodist Church presented a donation of $2,000 last week to Abigail's Plan, which was accepted by Abigail's mom, Lesa Kidd. Abigail is one of the 50+ athletes with mental and/or physical disabilities who play softball in the Buddy Ball League. Abigail's Plan will build a rubberized field for those athletes in Lawrence County. This donation represents collections from the Coleman congregation, its United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women's groups. The UMW is pictured. To learn more about and donate to Abigail's Plan, go to Abigail'sPlan.org.
Summertown Baptist Church has made a donation of $1,000 toward "Abigail's Plan," the effort to build a rubberized ball field for members of Lawrenceburg County's Buddy Ball team. Accepting the donation from Brother Howard Kitter (far left) was Abigail, Lesa and Tommy Lee Kidd, and Buddy Ball players from Summertown, (front): Leeanne Barnett and Trevor Hines. Bro. Kitter challenged other churches to support the cause. "We issue a challenge to all the houses of faith to meet or exceed our initial donation to Abigail's Plan. Our heart is that the community of faith lead the way in assuring that this vision becomes a reality for our country." To learn more and make a donation, go to AbigailsPlan.org.
Experts a gathered Tuesday in Lawrenceburg to gather information on the needs and expectations of employers who have potential work for the developmentally challenged. Pictured left to right are: Loria Richardson, The Arc of TN; Elizabeth Hill and Sarah Harvey with Tennessee Works at the Vanderblit Kennedy Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities; Carries Hobbs Guiden, Executive Director of the Arc; Abigail, Lesa and Tommy Lee Kidd of Lawrenceburg; State Senator Joey Hensley of Hohenwald and State Representatives Barry Doss of Lawrenceburg.
Board members of the Joseph F. and Hazel Kraus donation presented a donation Monday night to help build a rubberized field for Lawrence County's Buddy Ball League. Pictured at front are players Abigail Kidd, Cheyenne Keeton, Leanne Barnett and Cydney Jones. At back are players parents Lesa Kidd, Jackie Fleeman, and Tommy Lee Kidd, and Kraus Foundation Board members David Allen and Tim Pettus. "This will set Lawrence County apart," Pettus said. See page A-2 for a photo of a rubberized field.
Lawrenceburg Federal Bank presented a donation of $10,000 on Tuesday toward the effort to build a rubberized field for Lawrence County’s Buddy Ball League. Bank officials also issued a challenge to other local businesses, particularly other banks, to do the same. Buddy Ball in Lawrence County involves more than 50 athletes of all ages who have disabilities. With this donation the fund stands at $25,000- the cost for the field is projected to be $350,000. Pictured left to right are Tommy Lee, Lesa and Abigail Kidd accepting the check from bank president and CEO Biff Helton and board member Chris Shaffer. To learn more and make a tax-deductible donation, go to AbigailsPlan.org. –HoJo Photo