Abbey’s Hope reminds parents to be vigilant following recent drownings

EDINA, MINN. – July 10, 2012 – According to a recent Minnesota Department of Natural Resources report, the number of drownings in the state has reached a 10-year high with 25 non-boating deaths so far this year.

 “We are alarmed at the disturbing number of drownings that have already occurred this summer,” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother to Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Many of these tragedies could have been prevented by wearing a life vest and with active parental supervision.”

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Abbey’s Hope co-founder presented with prestigious Rotary Club award

EDINA, MINN. – May 31, 2012 – Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is honored to announce that Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope, was presented the Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award on Thursday, May 24.

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Abbey’s Hope recognizes Drowning Prevention and Awareness Month and works to draw the attention of parents

EDINA, MINN. – May 14, 2012 – To raise awareness of Drowning Prevention and Awareness Month this May, and as public pools begin opening Memorial Day weekend, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is working to educate parents on drowning prevention and the dangers of entrapment with a renewed commitment to its mission.

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Keri Noble to perform at the 5th Annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament

EDINA, MINN. – April 18, 2012 – Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is excited to announce that Minnesota-based singer/songwriter Keri Noble will be performing at the 5th Annual Abbey’s Hope Golf Tournament, Sept.17 at Braemar Golf Course.

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Abbey’s Hope awards the YMCA $35,000 in grants to promote pool and spa safety

EDINA, MINN. – April 3, 2012 – Abbey’s Hope recently awarded $35,000 in grants to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities in support of the YMCA’s Water Safety Instruction Program. This partnership, in its third year, allows local children from immigrant and low-income backgrounds to be equipped with basic water safety skills and awareness.

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Abbey's Hope and North Memorial Hospital lead Hennepin County water safety coalition

EDINA, MINN. – April 12, 2012 – Due to an unprecedented number of drownings in the past year in Hennepin County, a new safety coalition coordinated by Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation and North Memorial Hospital is holding several events to create awareness about water safety. The first event will take place in Brooklyn Park.

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Abbey’s Hope named 2012 National Drowning Prevention Alliance award winner

EDINA, MINN. – March 1, 2012 – The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) today announced Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation as the recipient of the 2012 Community Lifesaver Award. The award recognizes work done toward the advancement of water safety and drowning prevention at the community level and will be presented March 9 at the annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium in San Diego.

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips