Paul Davis: Supporting Autism Awareness is a Family Affair

For Kali Freeland, supporting Autism awareness is personal. Kali’s cousin, Mandy Conner, founded Northeast Florida Advocates for Autism and Related Disabilities. Mandy started her organization to raise awareness and funds for families in NE Florida with Autism and Related Disabilities. Mandy’s daughter Katelyn loves riding in golf carts, which inspired Mandy’s idea to organize a Golf Cart Poker Run for Autism. 

Saturday, September 26th was the 7th Annual Katelyn’s Golf Cart Poker Run for Autism.  Participating golf carts visit 5 stops around the Pirates Woods area of Fernandina. Police blocked the streets for 173 participating golf carts this year! At each stop, participants would draw one poker card and compete for the best hand. All cards / scoresheets were safely collected, and the winner was announced at the end of the day.

The event raised $35,000 this great cause! 

“I am always proud to volunteer at this event with my family,” said Kali. “This year, I was proud to include Paul Davis slap bracelets in the event bags and represent our brand at this wonderful event!”

California Closets: Giving Back to a Local School & Helping the Environment

Back in the spring, West Palm Beach GM Anette Jordan was invited to a fundraiser for a new school in their county of Port Saint Lucie that would be dedicated to children with Autism and related disabilities. Now, the Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners Inc is a private, non-profit learning center offering a full-time academic educational program for grades 1-6, as well as part-time homeschool enrichment classes for grades K-6.

The school is different than others because of its focus on children’s abilities, instead disabilities. With input from each student’s family, the school’s team of experts tailor a curriculum based on what a child is interested in and the things that he/she is currently successful at. With confidence, grows skills; the teachers work with the children, and their families, to help build their current skills and attain new ones.

This summer, the West Palm Beach team closed one of their older showrooms and opened a brand new one with all new displays. Knowing the school’s needs, Anette rallied her team. They reconfigured several of the displays from their old showroom and installed them at the school – a wonderful and equally “green” effort that also spared the team from discarding all the displays in landfills!

FirstService Residential: Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K to Benefit Special Olympics NJ

Forget the tolls and traffic…RUN the Lincoln Tunnel! This unique 5K takes runners through the tunnel and back, all to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.

The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge is one of the most unique races in the country that not only is underwater but also spans two states. Participants will run or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) certified USATF course. The toll booths in Weehawken, NJ mark both the start and finish of the race. There is a cone turnaround once participants reach the NYC side of the tunnel.

All proceeds benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and the 26,000 athletes they serve.

American Pool: Takes the Polar Bear Plunge to Support Special Olympics

Two dozen members of American Pool recently braved the icy waters of Chesapeake Bay with a shared goal in mind, to raise money to support Special Olympics Maryland. Collectively, the team raised more than $12,000 for this worthy cause. Dressed in everything from monkey suits to patriotic swim trunks, they brought fun and enthusiasm to the plunge. In addition to increasing awareness and funding for Special Olympics, the event was also a wonderful way to build camaraderie and promote the American Pool brand because, after all, they are the experts in all things water-related!

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FirstService Residential: Las Vegas Cheyenne’s Magical School Bus

The Cheyenne’s Magical School Bus Tours program was created in 2008 in loving memory of a remarkable little girl named Cheyenne. She loved visiting the Magical Forest, sharing laughter and hugs with her friends, and connecting with the wonderful people with intellectual disabilities Opportunity Village serves.

Opportunity Village is happy to know that Cheyenne will forever watch over the Magical Forest and the very special children who visit. Cheyenne’s Magical School Bus Tours provides a Magical Forest field trip experience to first grade students from Clark County School District’s most at-risk Title I schools. While youngsters are given the chance to frolic in the excitement of the holiday season, lessons of inclusiveness, acceptance and disability awareness are also incorporated into the day of fun – making it a most merry and meaningful visit to Opportunity Village and the Magical Forest. Through interactions with the wonderful people Opportunity Village serves, classmates and teachers alike, we remind kids how simple it is to Just Be Nice!

 

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College Pro: Join Us and at the Best Buddies Challenge

College Pro’s Aleeshya Broome is participating in the Best Buddies Challenge in Hyannis Port this May to raise money to benefit the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event takes place on June 1st, with choices between 100-, 50-, 20-mile cycles, or a 5k walk/run. It’s an all-inclusive event for a great cause! Best Buddies’ programs empower the special abilities of people with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
College Pro’s Aleeshya Broome has pledged to raise $10,000 for this amazing cause and she invites you to join the fundraising efforts by registering to raise your own funds! The starting commitment is $1,650, and you can register by clicking: https://www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/hp/register/    You can create your own team, or search and join hers: GOAT Girls. Please visit the event website for location information.

FirstService Residential: Join Us and Cheer on Youth Athletes at The Miracle League

Our San Antonio office has enjoyed the pleasure of volunteering at The Miracle League. The Miracle League is an organized youth baseball league for athletes that are physically and mentally challenged. Our employees and their families always have such an amazing experience cheering on these wonderful baseball players, who gave their all.

This is a recurring event.

Other dates include:  4/13, 4/20, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/8.

Please join us in cheering on these special kids!

Paul Davis: Hockey Night Fundraiser for Ben’s Place!

Join the Jacksonville Icemen, Ben’s Place, and Paul Davis for a fun, family night out. A portion of every ticket sold through the special event link will be donated back to Ben’s Place. Ben’s Place Services, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving individuals in Northeast Florida with developmental or acquired disabilities. They provide unique opportunities for these individuals to interact and learn life and vocational skills with their peers in a social environment! The event will begin at 3pm outside the Jacksonville Arena, where there will be a bouncy castle, food truck, fire fighter touch a truck and sponsor booths. Afterwards we will all go into the arena to watch the hockey game. The event is open to everyone who wants to join!
   

FirstService Residential: Making a Difference for Special Olympics Athletes

American Pool: Cupid’s Chase 5K

We had a great race on Saturday! It was muddy but overall a good morning. Thank you for all your support — our team raised the most money because of your support!

Thanks again for your support. Looking forward to our next 5k when the weather is warm and sunny.

Our Cause:

Community Options believes in the dignity of every person, and the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination. Embracing this philosophy, Community Options provides housing, support serviced and advocacy assistance to help empower people with disabilities.

Funds raised from Cupid’s Chase will support Community Options’ residential and employment services provided to individuals with disabilities.

www.comop.org