In the midst of "Building for Change," an inclusive campus for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Pikes Peak Region paused to celebrate annual award winners and achievers.
Construction items, yellow tape and reflective safety vests set the scene May 20 at Hotel Eleganté.
The silent-auction room was busy and had some special guests, the Boozefighters motorcycle gathering, a group formed after WWII, which had been meeting at the hotel. Spotting the auction, several riders in their leathers asked if they could do some bidding and spent time visiting with delighted dinner attendees.
Featured speaker Jonathan Mooney, author of Learning Outside the Lines, reached an understanding audience, revealing he was the kid who couldn't sit still and wasn't able to read until he was 12 but went on to graduate from Brown University. Some Mooney gems: "Every single human being has something right about them." "Different isn't deficient." "Individuals don't need to change, it's the system around them that must change." "Everyone needs that one person who will fight for them."
2017 awards went to Board member Cynthia Margiotta; Jorden Smith, founder of A Positive Note; Roderick Stephens II, for his film "Learning to Drive;" Police officer Sean Collins; and State Rep. David Young for his advocacy for people with disabilities.
Named Achievers of the Year:
Rickey Armstead, Sherice Bethel, Dustin Gerthold, Estella Clark, Patricia Fitzgerald, Kev Grey, Trinity Krantz, Dimitri Lucas, Daniel Mayabb, David Porteus, Jessica Velazco and Andrea Weiner. (tinyurl.com/y7ytd7qc)
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