2018 Employment Awards Banquet
The annual Employment Awards Banquet recognizes PossAbilities participants for their achievements in the workplace and the businesses that have partnered with PossAbilities to employ individuals with disabilities. The annual event takes place in October as part of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.
PossAbilities recognized their participants and 100 area businesses partnering with them to employ people with disabilities. The 23rd annual event was held at the Rochester International Events Center on October 3, 2018 at a luncheon prepared for nearly 300 attendees.
During the program PossAbilities announced four award winners including: an Outstanding Employer, an Outstanding Employer Mentor, and two Outstanding PossAbilities Employees of the year.
The John Ellingson Summit Award goes to a business that employs people with disabilities and has made an exceptional effort to make the employees feel part of the team. This year’s winner is Serenity Couture Salon and Spa of Rochester in the Apache Mall.
The Joseph Fitzpatrick Guide Award, goes to a co-worker from a business who has made a special effort to work closely with PossAbilities employees and mentor them towards success. This year’s winner is Nicci Sylvester from Tonic Local Kitchen and Juice Bar located on 2nd St across from St. Marys Hospital.
This year, with the generosity of Judy and Jim Sloan, two PossAbilities participants who work with area employers were able to be acknowledged. The Judy and Jim Explorer Awards go to people with a disability who have advanced and grown in their work while at PossAbilities. This year’s two winners were Jonathan “Abe” Jones and Tim Wittenberger.
This banquet serves as recognition for community businesses and PossAbilities participant employees who work together to provide value added services to local businesses and to support the full integration of people with disabilities in the community. The banquet is held in October which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota was incorporated 55 years ago on October 1, 1963, by a small group of mothers who had children with disabilities. Over the past decades the organization was called the Day Activity Center, then the Olmsted Developmental Achievement Center and now PossAbilities.
A Night of PossAbilities
Join us for an evening of wine, roses and craft beer during PossAbilities largest fundraiser of the year! The evening includes, wine and craft beer tasting, appetizers and a sit down meal. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to donate to PossAbilities including a live and silent auction, wall of wine, wall of craft beer and raffles.