“I couldn’t believe the courts treated children as a number, and become an advocate,” she recalls.
In 2007, Maryanne joined the Walden Family Services Foundation board of directors, serving as treasurer, vice chair, and most recently president. She was also treasurer of the agency’s governance board.
“I found it easy to raise money for Walden, because of the impact we have on children’s lives,” she said. “Youth aren’t automatically more independent a month after their 18th birthday than they are at 17. Walden’s social workers pay attention to every detail of a child’s care, and put forth such heartfelt effort to ensure children’s needs are met.”
“I also enjoyed chairing Wine D’Vine,” she added. “It’s a great opportunity to inspire people to make an impact on the lives of children and youth in foster care.” Maryanne and Harley Sefton will be honored at Wine D’Vine 2016.