"Goodwill Advocates Honored During 2011 HCDDS Awards Event!"

The evening of March 7th was a momentous one in every way as Goodwill partner, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, hosted its 10th annual awards banquet. Held at the Sharonville Convention Center, this year’s event welcomed more than 550 eager guests. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s team was especially excited because several of its representatives were finalists in various award categories and because of their involvement in the evening’s surprise entertainment. The theme for the 10th annual celebration was “It’s all about Relationships” and that message was carried out throughout the evening’s program. One of the highlights of the evening was a specially produced video which showcased HCDDS staff and friends performing a flash mob dance to the Black-Eyed Peas song, “I’ve Got A Feeling.” Following the conclusion of the video, to the surprise of all of the assembled guests, members of the CARA group took the stage to continue the dance performance “live.” Following the entertainment aspects of the evening, Goodwill’s team was delighted to learn that three of its advocates, (individuals supported by the organization), were selected for recognition in various award categories. James Harley was honored to receive the Sue G. Breiner Self Advocate Award; Braxton Thomas was singled out for the Lynn K. Sundermann Personal Achievement Award; and Ron Martin for the Superintendent’s Award. Outstanding Achievement award finalist, Steve Koons, (Director of Rehabilitation Services), noted that he could not have been more pleased by the recognition of the three advocates supported by Goodwill. Ohio Valley Goodwill congratulates James, Braxton, Ron and Steve on their outstanding achievements and well-deserved recognition during the 2011 HCDDS Awards event.

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