Disability Advocates of Kent County annually awards an individual or group their Invest in Ability award.  It is given to that organization or individual who has worked diligently to advance the lives of persons with disabilities in our community. The recipient of this year's award is The Grand Rapids Rotary Club.

A big celebration is planned at the Meijer Garden's on Monday evening, October 22nd with Disability Advocates Annual Celebration.  Cocktails at 5:30/Dinner and awards at 6:30.

Disability Advocates said that the Grand Rapids Rotary Club exemplifies what it means to invest in ability. In 1952, the Rotary Club co-founded Indian Trails Camp, a camp offering adaptive recreation and traditional camp activities in a barrier-free setting for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

The Rotary Club also participates in STRIVE-Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education-which matches high school seniors who wish to improve their educational status and life prospects with a Rotary mentor who helps students achieve their goals. Additionally, many Rotarians volunteer for Schools of Hope, a program of Heart of West Michigan United Way that works with 15 Grand Rapids Public Schools to tutor elementary students in grades one through three each week with the same child during the school year.
Who exactly is Disability Advocates you say?  They empower persons with disabilities and lead the community toward equal opportunity for all.  Since 1981, Disability Advocates has worked in Kent County to change people's attitudes and perceptions about disability. Through one-on-one support and building partnerships in the community, each year they assist thousands of persons with disabilities and their families in eliminating barriers in our community.

For tickets and reservations, simply follow my link HERE to Disability Advocates, or call 616-949-1100.