Sherri Azais wants people to know adoption isn’t a bad thing.
She’s living proof that miracles happen in different ways to different families.
Azais, the owner of Premier Partner Services, LLC, has known almost her whole life she was adopted. She just didn’t know from whom.
Born in Canada and adopted through Catholic Charities as a six-month old, Azais never had a desire to find out who her birth parents were or why she was given up for adoption – until about a year ago.
That journey has led her to wanting to support charities that can help expectant mothers navigate the emotional trek of adoption, so she’s hosting a Culpeper High-Heeled Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. May 1 at Bride & Joy (at the Refinery) to benefit the Culpeper Pregnancy Center. Tickets for the event are $10 prior and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at www.highheeledhappyhour.com.
High-Heeled Happy Hours provide women the opportunity to engage with each other in a fun, relaxed environment. Each High-Heeled Happy Hour is hosted by a different female business professional/ community leader who selects a charity beneficiary for the event proceeds that evening.
Azais will be the keynote speaker, telling her tale of finally deciding to search for her blood family and the complicated path it’s led her down.
“I thought now would be the time to find this person, but I honestly thought it would take so long,” Azais said.
She was wrong on the time it would take, as she applied to receive her birth certificate from Canada, used a Facebook group called Search Angels and within 24 hours a woman reached out to her and the process took off.
“I sent it to her Friday morning at 10 a.m. and by Friday afternoon I knew who my mother was,” Azais said.
She reached out, through the Search Angels group, but sadly discovered her mother was suffering from dementia and did not want to reconnect. Her mother’s older sister Judy, however, wanted to meet the niece the family had never spoken about and now Azais is planning to meet her family in Canada this summer.
To hear Azais’ full heart-wrenching emotional story, attend the High-Heeled Happy Hour or be sure to pick up a copy of next week’s Culpeper Times.