Baldwin resident Vickie Rosellini sure knows how to throw a party. To celebrate her 60th birthday, she rented out the club level at M&T Bank Stadium on June 25, and offered music, dancing, silent and live auctions and food.
But the night wasn't about her. It was about Kennedy Krieger Institute, where Rosellini, was treated following a 2002 accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity project when she fell at the construction site.
Rosellini sold tickets to her birthday bash and some 225 people attended. So far, the event has raised $56,000, with donations still coming in, she said.
"It was the best birthday ever," she said. "People are so generous knowing the money is going to Kennedy Krieger."
She said she went to five other medical facilities after her accident and was told she'd never be able to move her legs, have any feeling in them, or have control of her bowels and bladder.
Dr. John McDonald at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger treated her and proved the others wrong on all counts. She was the first patient to be treated at the new spinal cord injury center.
In the past, she hosted three "Stompin' for the Cord" fundraisers at Boordy Vineyards. They have raised more than $240,000 for the spinal cord center at Kennedy Krieger.