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  • 34th Ability Awareness Awards to be presented November 15

    The achievements of people with disabilities and the efforts of those who support them will be showcased when The Resource Center holds its 34th Ability Awareness Awards Celebration on Wednesday, November 15.

    The event will be held at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, 10 Dunham Avenue in Celoron, starting at 11:30.

    The awards recognize people with disabilities who have made significant accomplishments, as well as area residents and businesses that have improved the lives of people with disabilities. This year’s award recipients are:

    Advocate of the Year
    Vicky Lynn Johnson

    Business/Employer of the Year
    Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing

    Community Partnership Award
    Gebbie Foundation

    Bruce Walford Community Service Award
    John Felton

    Health Provider of the Year
    Rosanna Hatfield, LCSW-R

    Edwin Roth Mental Health Award
    Michael Trusso

    Outstanding Achievement Award
    Josh Hart

    Personal Success Award
    Justin Moreland

    Elmer Muench Volunteer of the Year
    Kaiso Rugg

    In addition, Victor Karas will receive an award for being honored by New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. NYSID selected Karas for recognition through its annual William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award Program.

    Members of The Resource Center, people with disabilities, TRC staff and volunteers, and the general public are invited to attend the Ability Awareness Awards Celebration. A sign language interpreter will be on hand.

    The cost to attend the luncheon is $25. For their meal, attendees will choose from cavatappi primavera, parmesan-encrusted haddock and stuffed chicken breast. Reservations are due by Monday, October 30. Click here to make your reservation online. For more information, phone 716-661-1477 or e-mail vicky.bardo@fillingthegap.net.

    Click here to make a donation in honor of one of the award recipients, or mail a check to The Resource Center, 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701.  Donations will be directed to The Resource Center’s TRC Excellence Awards Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

    200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701