On Saturday, June 15, 1,300 community members joined My Possibilities (MP), and presenting sponsor Berry Family Services, at the Annual Community Ball to celebrate 11 years of service in the intellectual and/or developmental disabilities community. The organization raised $343,000 in one night.
MP provides programs that focus on socialization, vocational and trade training, and independent living skills to Hugely Important People (HIPsters.) These skills equip HIPsters with the knowledge and confidence needed to achieve the life they deserve. My Possibilities’ mission is to courageously and relentlessly pursue the untapped possibilities of these Hugely Important People, making every day count.
The evening was full of entertainment, a special reveal, 1950s attire and décor, and much more. Prior to the HIPsters making their grand entrance, guests had the opportunity to peruse the silent auction and participate in the wine pull. Immediately following the HIPsters’ grand entrance, guests enjoyed performances by the HIPster Choir, Music Therapy department and Glee Club. During the program, HIPsters and staff were recognized for their accomplishments and exceptional work; longtime MP supporter Debbie Wilkes was awarded the Charmaine Solomon Service Award, TransAmerica was named the Community Partner of the Year, and The K&C Masterpiece was named Volunteer of the Year.
“Debbie Wilkes has dedicated her professional life to individuals with disabilities. My Possibilities is fortunate to have Debbie Wilkes continuously share her expertise with our staff,” said My Possibilities Executive Director, Michael Thomas.
In addition to awards and accolades, the MP Car Club revealed a fully restored 1937 Ford custom, “Hawk’s Ride,” gifted to My Possibilities by C.A. Hartnell. Hartnell is the established author of four-book series, “The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann,” which provides readers of all ages a glimpse into life in the 1950s. “In the 1950s, individuals with disabilities, were not recognized or included in social activities,” said Thomas. “This generous gift is the vehicle for inclusion. With Hawk’s Ride, HIPsters will rewrite history.”
Before the program ended, Thomas shared a call to action with attendees, “Three years ago, we launched part one of our capital campaign. We need your help to finish strong and to create a state-of-the-art vocational training facility for our HIPsters.” Visit campuscampaign.funraise.org to be a Campus Champion and give to the HIPsters’ future.My Possibilities >
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