Bacon Fest- Washington- Saturday, June 10 (5-9pm) This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Washington Rotary Club and even though we don’t receive the funds directly, the Rotary Club has supported our programs and I’m sure will continue to do so. ABiLITY will have a food vendor booth, serving BACON-DEVILED EGGS. The admission is $20 adults and $8 for kids prior to the day of the event and can be purchased on-line at www.baconfestwashington.com . We can use volunteers to help staff the vendor booth as well as the bounce house for kids. Some of you have already volunteered (thank you) but the more the merrier! Contact me if you’d like to help. This event is held at the Swine Pavilion at the Washington, Mo. Fairgrounds.
Sullivan Fair- Thur, (5-9pm); Friday, (5-9pm) Saturday, (noon-8pm) June 22, 23, 24th. Some may remember the “Wheelchair Swing” that we raised funds for in conjunction with a group of community folks for the Sullivan Parks. It is finished and is located near the Sullivan Fairgrounds. We hope to do a ribbon cutting on Friday afternoon of the fair, and then we will have an ABiLITY Booth, with helium balloons for the kids, as a “thank you to the community” as well as an opportunity to share with the community our services and what we do! If you’d like to volunteer to staff the booth for part of the time, please let me know as soon as possible. Your would need a pass to get into the fairgrounds.
Washington Fair Parade- Sunday, July 30th (about 4pm lineup)- If you’d like to ride or walk along side our float in the Washington Fair Parade, please let me know. We have purchased ABiLITY T-Shirts for everyone to wear.
Trivia Night Fundraiser- Saturday, August 12th (6-10pm)- We will be doing a Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Union Senior Center on August 12th. We could use help planning, soliciting auction items, helping with food/drinks. If you would like to be on the planning committee, please see Barb Laberer or myself asap.
Friends Foundation Fall Festival/Quilt Auction- Sunday, October 8th, (noon to 5pm) at the Boone Monument Farm, near Marthasville. This is a fundraiser for the Friends Foundation which raises funds for folks with Developmental Disabilities living in our local communities. Although the funds are not coming to us directly, we will be the beneficiary of their efforts as they provide grants to our programs. We would like to support their event as efforts. Our Life Ops/Behavioral Supports Program has been asked to do a booth with client artwork/crafts. If you’d like to volunteer the day of the event see Sally LeVigne or myself. There will be lots to do, otherwise plan now to bring your family and friends out to enjoy the day. No admission fee, but lots to buy. Who knows, you may go home with a handmade quilt! I do have raffle tickets available for $1, if you’d like a chance to win one of the quilts.
Tin Man Award
A Testimonial for a Developmental Services Good Deed Doer
Developmental Services of Franklin County Inc (DSFC) would like to acknowledge the devotion and kind heartedness of George Ash. George drives for the Transportation program and the clients look forward to seeing him every week. He makes them feel comfortable and their ride enjoyable each time. Recently, when there was a scheduling conflict, George took it upon himself to drive down to Cape Girardeau and volunteer his time to help coach one of our teams at the Regional Basketball Tournament for Special Olympics. Our athletes ran to him when they saw him come in the door, stating they were so glad that he made it. George volunteered 9 hours of his time including drive time just to be there for his athletes. George has made a positive impact in the lives of our athletes and they look forward to seeing his smiling face. George also went out of his way to come to some of the basketball practices to help coach when the supports were needed. This is why we feel that George Ash is worthy of the Tin Man Award.
Developmental Services of Franklin County, Inc (DSFC) was originally formed under the Senate Bill 40 (SB40) legislation in Franklin County in 1987. July 1, 2016 we transformed into a nonprofit charitable organization still providing services for persons with developmental disabilities. A developmental disability is a condition such as Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, or a similar condition diagnosed before the age of 22. We serve individuals from birth through adulthood beginning with an Early Intervention Program, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language, Personal Assistance, Residential and Group Home Supports, Behavioral Supports, Applied Behavior Analysis, and a Day Program to help adults build independent living, social and communication skills. We want each person to build a meaningful life for themselves, making personal choices in a supportive community. We work closely with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, First Steps, Senate Bill 40 Board. We also work hard to build collaboration with the community, community leaders, and the people we serve.