PossAbilities hosts four events annually to promote fellowship and to raise important funds for important people – our clients. Please consider helping us advance our mission of serving children and adults with disabilities by participating iany of our events. We would love to see you there!
Wine and Roses
Over 200 guests attended this elegant evening on Friday April 26 at the Somerby Golf Club. Guests dined on a four course dinner paired with selected wines. They bid on over 50 beautifully decorated baskets in the silent auction, joined in a spirited live auction, and tried their luck at the 50 bottle Wall of Wine. Betsy Singer emceed the event with Rod Johnson leading the bidding for the live auction and special appeal. Thank you to our event sponsor, Think Mutual Bank, and additional sponsors Associated Bank, Altra Credit Union, C.O. Brown Benefits LLC/C.O. Brown Agency, Inc., Gail and Allen BIshop, Cardinal of Minnesota, Davies Printing, Matik Management, and Olmsted Medical Center.
For information on Wine & Roses, please contact Nancy Knoche at email@example.com or 507-281-6116.
Ice Cream Social
It was a fun Monday evening on June 23 at Mayo Park. The scene was festive - kids were flying through the trees, purple and green hair was the look of the evening, big guys in gold and black jerseys played with little people, and everyone was enjoying scoops of Kemps Ice Cream! Thanks to Home Federal, Titan and Kemps for sponsoring this community celebration!
Classic Car Raffle
The 2013 Car Raffle was a HUGH success with 2,940 tickets sold - an all time record! Dick Fennerly of Davenport IA was the lucky winner of the 2014 ruby red Mustang convertible. We thank all our friends and the entire community for their support of ths event.
Thanks especially to our sponsors Rochester Ford, Clear Channel, Fox 47, Olmsted County Journal, Davies Printing, United Heating and Cooling, Culvers, CIty Auto Glass, Heartland TIre and Service, Premeri Bank, Greenway,Med City Mobility, Stewie Cruisers, PPMI, and the Pine Island Cruisers.
Employment Awards Banquet
Loyal, dependable, reliable – words used by business leaders to describe PossAbilities employees at our annual Employment Awards banquet on October 2. Over 300 parents, friends and employers attended to celebrate National Disability Month and the achievements of PossAbilities businesses and individuals.
When technology forced Bluestem Center to change their record system, office administrator Tim Heightland described how their PossAbilities employee Erika Giere met the challenge and learned how to digitize medical files. Forrest Sargent, owner of Sargent’s Landscaping and Nursery, initially was skeptical of hiring PossAbilities. Today, PossAbilities crews are an integral part of their team. They annually fill over 162,200 pots for seasonal planting and keep their headquarters sparkling clean. “And, they do all of their work with a good attitude and a smile. We are so grateful for our relationship with PossAbilities.” commented Sarah Bubbers, human resource director.
Emcee Betsy Singer of KAAL turned the mike over to Brad Becker, president of the Foundation board. For their efforts to hire, place and train our employees, Walgreens was given the John Ellingson Summit Award for outstanding business support. Gail Jensen of Child Care Resources received the John Fitzpatrick Guide Award for outstanding individual support of PossAbilities employees at a work site.
The Explorer Award recognizing a PossAbilities participant was given to John Holloway of Hy-Vee North. His supervisor, Joey Smith, nominated John for his outstanding work ethic, willingness to “go that extra mile” and most importantly - being a great team member and friend to everyone! The luncheon brought one more surprise – as our guests left the room, board members presented each of our participants with a blue ribbon, recognizing each as a PossAbilities “2013 Outstanding Employee!”
Guy Finne, PossAbilities board member summarized his thoughts;
As I approach my first year anniversary on the PossAbilities Board, I take pause to contemplate the enjoyable and educational experiences I have witnessed. I’ve had opportunities to attend Wine and Roses and enjoyed a wonderful day with Paul Pedersen visiting various client worksites. However, to date, the one event that has truly touched my heart and impacted my commitment to this organization’s mission is the Employment Awards Banquet. To be able to see and hear the positive outcomes from the employment experiences for the clients was very warming and confirming. To learn that individuals with special skills have opportunities to put those skills to use strengthens my resolve to open more doors. To see the individual clients holding up their individual blue ribbons with mile wide smiles and tears in their eyes is beyond description…as the commercials says, it is priceless! I am so thankful that I attended that event.
For information on the 2014 Employment Awards Banquet, contact Nancy Knoche at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-281-6116.