Penrose Academy hosts holiday event for ‘adopted family’

The teachers and students at Penrose Academy in Scottsdale never fail to bring beauty to life at holiday time for a deserving local family experiencing special challenges. This year was no exception.

On Dec. 11, they did just that for a local family referred to Penrose Academy by Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Attending Penrose Academy’s “Adopt A Family” holiday event, from left, front, Terry Flood, R.N., NICU at Banner Hospital (formerly at PCH/NICU for 30 years and nurse for the Kohlers’ son;  plus Santa and Barb Harvey, R.N. at PCH for over 30 years and head of PCH/NICU. Back row, from left, Adrienne, guest family’s mother; Jill Kohler, president/founder of Penrose Academy; Burt Kohler, co-founder of Penrose Academy; and Edmundo, guest family’s father.

Attending Penrose Academy’s “Adopt A Family” holiday event, from left, front, Terry Flood, R.N., NICU at Banner Hospital (formerly at PCH/NICU for 30 years and nurse for the Kohlers’ son; plus Santa and Barb Harvey, R.N. at PCH for over 30 years and head of PCH/NICU. Back row, from left, Adrienne, guest family’s mother; Jill Kohler, president/founder of Penrose Academy; Burt Kohler, co-founder of Penrose Academy; and Edmundo, guest family’s father.

It was a festive occasion for Adrienne, Edmundo and their son, Edmundo Jr. and daughters Jazmine and Angelina, who were treated to a day of fun, friends, holiday gifts, heartwarming story-telling and special beauty services.

Each year, Penrose Academy hosts a family now celebrating the life of a child born prematurely at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. For this family, all the celebration was about “Baby Raymond,” born this past July. Other guests included several of the hospital’s neonatal nurses on hand to share in the family fun.

Bringing beauty to lives comes second nature to Penrose Academy, an advanced beauty and cosmetology school creating careers for beauty pros throughout the greater Phoenix area. They have regarded Phoenix Children’s Hospital and its NICU unit as their “cause of choice” for several years now.

According to Jill Kohler, Penrose Academy’s president and founder, the special year-round spirit of giving inspires a lifetime culture of giving for her students. Ms. Kohler is especially close to the cause, with her son being born prematurely at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 1998.

“My husband, Burt (co-founder of Penrose Academy) and I will never forget the amazing work and dedication of the neonatal nurses in the NICU that got us through the extremely difficult challenges at the time. This is why we ‘adopt’ an NICU baby and their family over the holidays; we can appreciate their unique journey and choose to help them celebrate along the way with meaningful gifts – especially the gift of beauty.”

For more information about Penrose Academy, visit www.penroseacademy.edu.

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