Thank YOU for a Great 2016
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2017
As we reflect on the past year, we are humbled by the support we have received from our community. We'd like to take time out to appreciate our volunteers, donors and families. Without you, we could not continue our mission to create opportunities for people with autism.
Because of our volunteers, we have been able to host a multitude of family activities. We celebrated our fifth year with Airborne Gymnastics offering Open Gyms to families, and we added a monthly event at Progresh for kids, adults and families. For the second summer in a row, Emmy Conroy and Shelly Brandt organized the very popular ASBC Camping and Rafting Trip near Kremmling, CO. ASBC has also partnered with TinkerMill in Longmont to provide the opportunity to work in a first class maker space. So far, we have signed up eight people in our community and we hope our membership will grow in 2017.
We owe a huge thank you to all our support group moderators. Because of you, we are able to host seven monthly support groups for individuals and families living with autism. Thank you Ruby Perske, Stephanie Fairbanks, Yvette Terifay, Sandra Tucker, Shannon Huntsberry, Meira Merz, Nisa Libbey, Kristin Lavelle, Ade Holter and Julie Darrow. The people who attend these groups consider them a valuable life line and connection to the community. You really are making a difference in people's lives, and we appreciate the time and effort you give to the autism community.
Thank you to Meira Merz, a new volunteer who has stepped up in a big way to support and improve ASBC's adult programs. Meira started our new book club, "The Literary Spectrum", held at the Boulder Public Library. This book club was created to discuss autism-related books including Neurotribes by Steve Silberman and Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth by Tony Atwood. Meira also co-facilitates one of our adult support groups and attended the national ASA conference in New Orleans to bring back information about what other organizations are doing to support the adult population. Thank you Meira!
Thank you to John Ferrigno, Kelly Straub, and Brett Smith of the Post Brewing Company! With funds raised from Jack's Benevolent Bash last year, we were able to send over 70 kids to recreational camps in 2016. This is one of the most valued scholarships we provide to the community, and we are honored to distribute these funds in Jack Ferrigno's memory.
The ASBC Board of Directors is already busy planning the 14th Annual ASBC Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Our committee of board members and volunteers are happy to announce that ticket sales are available on our website. Superior Liquor has signed on to be our new Presenting Sponsor, and we are excited to build this new relationship in 2017. We thank Centennial Wine and Spirits for thirteen years of a wonderful partnership! It will be a night to remember with all your old favorites and some new twists. This fundraiser raises a majority of the funds we use throughout the year to offer our many support programs.
Thank you to our Employment Committee! Under the new leadership of Emmy Conroy and Yvette Terifay we have shifted our focus from the Job Club to supporting local businesses who are open to employing people of all abilities. A highlight of 2017 was welcoming BlueStar Recyclers to Boulder, CO. They hired six employees on the autism spectrum and this is only the beginning.
Finally, we thank our Education Committee. This group of volunteers works to provide continuing education for service providers, public school staff including para support, and families. This year they have made huge strides in surveying our families to discover what is working and what is not. Shay Carpenter, the Education Committee Chair, has built relationships with school board members to raise our profile with BVSD and SVVSD. New in 2017, we are offering an IEP organization workshop to help families stay on track presented by Jeff Johnson from Imagine!
We can't wait for everything we have planned for next year. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. The ASBC is going to rest and recharge and get ready for a productive 2017. Happy holidays!
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