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ABILITIES GUILD



Dancing Through the Decades Delights and Delivers

All-volunteer fundraiser nets $27,000

A sellout crowd of 140 patrons?many new to ServiceSource?revived dance crazes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s with lively, rhythmic renditions of the Stroll, Bop, Cha-Cha, Conga Line, Twist, Limbo, Calypso, Disco, YMCA, and more at Friday evening’s Dancing Through the Decades, Abilities Guild’s Annual Gala.

After cocktails, silent auction bidding, and a steak dinner at the Belleair Country Club, guests wasted no time swarming the dance-floor and struttin’ their stuff dressed as Arthur Murray, Pink Ladies, Go-go girls, hippies, and Disco Deney Terrio, and dancing to the electrifying sounds of Sequel and DJ Jeff.

“I still got it!” shouted one guest. “I’II be back next year with friends,” pledged another.

That’s good news, because DTTD benefits military veterans with disabilities served by the Veterans Mall.

And best news: It netted a record $27,000. Outstanding!

Much of the credit for this achievement rests with first-time chairwoman Jodi Martino (shown below with former Guild president Dan Mettee) and her event committee.

Under her leadership, DTTD’s planning, graphic design, sponsor solicitation, invitations, entertainment, promotion, and night-of execution was handled in turn-key fashion with aplomb by volunteers.

“Very gratifying to see people so passionate about your mission,” said program development executive Frank De Lucia, “that they take it upon themselves to recruit their friends, secure major sponsors, assume responsibility for every phase of operation, and do so with utmost transparency and accountability.”

Sincerest thanks to Martino and committee members Judy Belsito, JoAnn Benware, Barbara Busch, Joni Cleary, Bonnie Dondiego, Marie Gage, Margie Geraci, Laura Heric, Barb Hoskinson, Bobbi Huntington, Debbie Jordan, Kathy Martino, Tia Martino, Sonja and Dan Mettee, Jake Mowrey, Jean Rascher, and Marsha Uhler for soliciting a wide range of financial and in-kind sponsors, underwriters, auction donors, and patrons.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, 2018 when DTTD encores at the Belleair CC. 

 

Abilities Guild Fundraiser Benefits Veterans Mall     

The Abilities Guild hosted its 2nd annual Fashions of Belleair March into Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Belleair Country Club, where guests marveled at Belleair’s latest women’s and men’s fashions, enjoyed a BCC lunch, 50/50, auction, and Grand Finale featuring Nikki’s Glitz & Glam all for $40 per person. Emceeing was Belleair deputy mayor Karla Rettstatt, accompanied by pianist David Lyon.

Net proceeds amounting a whopping $10,600 benefit formerly homeless veterans assisted through the Veterans Mall, which has now served 1,600 veterans.

Our heartfelt thanks to Marsha Uhler, owner of Cassi & Co., for chairing and orchestrating this SOLD-OUT show that attracted 186 patrons in support of the Mall. We also thank participating sponsors, boutiques, and fashion models.

 

 

 

The Abilities Guild was founded in 1980 with a mission to:

Serve as ambassadors broaden community awareness of the value and function of Abilities

Support Abilities in its fund raising events, programs, and services

Serve in any other capacity deemed advisable in assisting Abilities to work on behalf of people with disabilities

The Guild is a volunteer organization consisting of 100+ men and women actively supporting Abilities and its work benefiting Floridians and military veterans with disabilities. Guild members routinely and generously donate their time, amassing upwards of 18,000 volunteer hours annually at and in-kind value of more than $400,000.

                                                                                            

Last year the Guild contributed $85,000 to Abilities. Since its inception, the Guild has been credited with donating more than $2 million. Proceeds support the Abilities Guild Veterans Mall, whose founder, Virginia Meyer, is shown below. 

 

Abilities Guild Veterans Mall

An alarming number of disabled veterans are homeless or living in substandard housing. Even after veterans qualify for subsidized housing assistance from the VA, most don't have basic essentials like coffeemakers, toasters, pots 'n pans, dishes, linens, and towels. Unwilling to accept this reality, the Abilities Guild established the Veterans Mall (shown below), a large storeroom of kitchen, bath, and bedroom items given for free to disabled veterans. To date, 1,600 veterans have been served, but the demand far outweighs the supply. Kindly consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Abilities, Inc. 100% of your gift will be used to purchase products at discount prices and ensure that veterans have the basics they need to successfully transition from homelessness to apartments in the community
. For information, e-mail or call Frank De Lucia at frank.delucia@servicesource.org or 727-600-8900.

  

ABILITIES GUILD
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
Supporting Abilities, Inc. dba ServiceSource Florida Regional Office Since 1980

For information, e-mail Dan Mettee at dmettee1@aol.com

 

 
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