Diane Waud and David Odenwelder

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Diane Waud retired in 2016 after teaching Kindergarten for 25 years at Brookwood Forest Elementary.   She enjoys that retirementI has given her more time to tennis, sing in the Junior League of Birmingham Choral Group, and to continue to dance with The Birmingham Sugar Babies. A surprise in retirement has been having the recurring role of Grandma in the It's a Southern Thing/So True Y'all videos shown on Facebook and YouTube. The most popular video was "Choosing a Grandmother Name is Serious Business." It is up to 96 million views on Facebook. Diane is happily married and adores her son and daughter, their spouses and her (soon to be five) grandchildren.  She is very involved in Brookwood Baptist Church and loves serving others through mission opportunities there.  Since she happily devotes her time to serving others and dancing, she cannot think of a better thing to do than to combine those two things to support the women and children of First Light. She says, "First Light grabbed my attention by the way they do not just provide a place to sleep for homeless women and children, but actively assist them in whatever way they can to have a home again."

David Odenwelder is originally from Massachusetts.  He is a ballet dancer with the Alabama Ballet and he enjoys dancing, teaching, being active, traveling and trying different foods. David recently started an outreach program with the Alabama Ballet called Dance Discovery which presents interactive demonstrations about the wonderful art of ballet.  David is excited to work with First Light.  He says, "This fundraiser brings awareness to a sad problem many cities have. We need to promote their endeavors and support them for their continued success."


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