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.
Congratulations to our 2016 Employment Awards Recipients:
The John Ellingson Summit Award goes to a business that employs a PossAbilities participant with a disability and has made an exceptional effort to make the employee feel part of the team. The 2017 award winner was Forager Brewing Company. Forager has embodied PossAbilities vision of our participants as valued and engaged members of our community. They have created an environment where four participants can utilize their talents, strengths, and thrive in the work place. Everyone is valued and is an important staff member at their business.
The Joseph Fitzpatrick Guide Award is given annually to an exceptional co-worker from a business that has made a special effort to work closely with PossAbilities employees and mentor them towards success. The 2017 award winner was Chad Bundy of Walmart. He has patience and a desire to make sure Chelsey, a PossAbilities participant, succeeds at Walmart.
The Explorer Award is given annually to a PossAbilities worker with a disability who has advanced and grown in their line of work while at PossAbilities. In 2017, PossAbilities had two winners for the award. The first winner, Nick, has been working for Kmart for three years. He started working six hours a week and is now working more than 20 hours. He attempts every new task with a smile on his face. The second winner, Abby, is employed at Walgreens. Abby has exhibited tremendous growth and has gone from working six hours a week to almost 40 in the last three years. Her work ethic is spectacular without ever a hint of hesitation at attempting new task.
Wine & Roses and Craft Beer
The annual Wine & Roses and Craft Beer event is PossAbilities biggest 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. The annual event takes place the last Friday of April.