• Nonprofits First

     We had the pleasure of having  Adriene Tynes, Director of Accreditation of Nonprofits First. Nonprofits First has been the leading resource for strengthening the operational and administrative capacity of nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and … Continue reading

  • Spirit of Giving Network

    We had the pleasure of having Sue Diener, Executive Director of Spirit of Giving Network. The Spirit of Giving Network is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with a focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County. It is a forum where … Continue reading

  • Children’s Bereavement Center

    We had the pleasure of having Chira Cassel, COO of Children’s Bereavement Center. The Children’s Bereavement Center provides free Peer Support Groups for children, young adults, and adult caregivers after the death of a loved one.  Groups are open to anyone who has … Continue reading

  • Health Awareness Month

    May is Health Awareness Month! We had the pleasure of having Lisa Steiner of Barkan Method and Evolution Yoga as well as Vicki Katz, Executive Director at The Faulk Center for Counseling. The mission of the Faulk Center for Counseling is to … Continue reading

  • Cool Clothes Closet

    We had the pleasure of having Lynda Walsh of Cool Clothes Closet. The Cool Clothes Closet is a “Store” dedicated to providing fashionable clothing, free of charge, to “teenagers in need” in a boutique-style setting. Their goal is to promote dignity and normalcy … Continue reading

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

    On this week at Forum for Nonprofits we had Don Eachus, the development director for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Foundation. For the past seven years on a Sunday morning in February, thousands of people have gathered at Miramar Regional Park, united … Continue reading

Lymphangiomatosis & Gorham’s Disease Alliance

About the Alliance

Founded by Jana K. Sheets, a patient, in 2007, the LGDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in the United States and serving a worldwide community of patients, many of whom are young children, and their families. The LGDA:

  • provides information and a support network for patients and their families;
  • distributes information to patients, the public, the medical community, and the media;
  • promotes and supports basic science and patient-centered clinical research that will improve understanding of these diseases and establish best practices for their diagnosis and management; and
  • advocates for public policies that benefit those living with these rare lymphatic diseases.

Our Mission

The mission of the LGDA is to bring hope to and improve the quality of life of patients with generalized lymphatic anomaly (GLA), also known as lymphangiomatosis, Kaposiform lymphangiomatosis (KLA), and Gorham-Stout disease (GSD) by providing support to members of the patient community and their families; education for the community, professionals, and the general public; and supporting research that will improve understanding of these diseases and establish best practices for their diagnosis and management.

Disease Information

What is lymphangiomatosis?

In medical terminology lymphangiomatosis (limf-an-jee-oh-mah-TOE-sis) means: lymphatic system (lymph) vessel  (angi) tumor or cyst (oma) condition (tosis). There is no standard definition describing this disease that has been agreed to by the medical/scientific community.

Lymphangiomatosis presents in a number of ways, has been described in a variety of terms, and for these reasons is often misdiagnosed. It has been recommended by medical professionals who have seen the disease, that a multidisciplinary approach be chosen in forming the patient’s medical team.

What is Gorham’s disease?

Gorham’s (GOR-amz) disease is a rare musculoskeletal condition in which spontaneous, progressive resorption of the bone occurs. It is known variously as massive osteolysis, disappearing bone, or vanishing bone disease, and a variety of other names. In medical terminology osteolysis means: bone (osteo) breaking down or destruction (lysis). Gorham’s disease was first reported in 1838, again in 1872, and was finally defined in 1955 by Gorham and Stout as a specific disease entity. Although described long ago, this rare and potentially catastrophic disease remains understudied, thus, poorly understood. It is thought to be closely related to or even a severe form of lymphangiomatosis that is characterized by a proliferation of thin-walled vascular capillaries or lymphatic vessels that starts within the bone. As these vessels proliferate, they aggressively invade the adjacent bone leading to resorption and replacement of angiomatous tissue.

Ways to Give

Become a Donor

The Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s Disease Alliance relies on your voluntary, tax deductible contributions to improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases and support research to improve diagnosis and treatment. Your donations help us to provide patients and their family’s much-needed educational information and help to keep them connected with one another through a worldwide patient network. When you give a gift to the LGDA or host a fundraiser you also are making an important contribution to the effort to raise awareness and support efforts that will lead to a cure.

Volunteer

LGDA volunteers truly make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s disease. Each of our programs depends on the efforts of volunteers, so there is no limit to ways in which you can use your skills and talents to help bring hope and help to these families.

Tell Your Story

Every patient, every family has a story to tell. No two are alike. And by sharing our stories, we help those who are new to our patient community as well as those who are veterans of this battle. You don’t have to be a professional writer to tell your story. Every story about our “Warriors” is written by the patient or a member of their family—usually a parent. These stories help to raise awareness about these diseases and give physicians an insider’s viewpoint of what the journey is like for patients and their families. Each and every one serves to help members of this community.

Become an Advocate

The more constituents we have contacting legislators, the stronger we become, and the harder we are to ignore. So please join us in our advocacy program. As an advocate, we may ask that you contact your state and federal Congressmen on behalf of the LGD Alliance and inform them about current or prospective legislation that will affect our organization. You can do this through email, letter writing, phone call, or even a personal visit. The more people contacting lawmakers, the better chance those policies in support of LGD Alliance will be passed and our patient’s concerns are met.

For more information, please click here.

Kids in Distress

Making the impossible, “KIDPossible”

Supporting at risk children and families

Kids In Distress, Inc. (KID) is a nationally accredited organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, preserving families, and treating children who have been abused and neglected. Since 1979, when KID was created as a shelter for abused and neglected children, it now possesses a five-acre multiple program campus in Fort Lauderdale, FL and a 4-acre campus featuring two family foster group homes in Southwest Ranches, FL. Our services include individual, family, and group therapy and counseling; preschool, aftercare and summer camp programs; recruitment, training, and support of foster/adoptive homes; and prevention, reunification, family preservation and maternal and child health services.

Foster Care

Providing children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment with a stable and nurturing environment where they can develop to their fullest emotional, educational, and social potential.


Education

Preschool, Aftercare and Summer Camp programs that provide a safe, positive environment that enhances academic achievement, supports social, physical, and character development, and strengthens youth relationships with adults and peers.


Family Strengthening

Offers individual and family counseling, group counseling, Infant mental health services, adoption support and therapeutic visitation to children and families.

KID Preschool PLUS

KID Preschool PLUS (KPP) provides a safe, enriching setting in which all students learn, explore, create, and thrive developmentally, while being supported and guided by caring, passionate educators. Gross and fine motor skills, language skills, cognitive skills, and social skills are enhanced through active learning and exploration. The program is designed to give our children the tools and skills to be on target academically and socially.

Full Time Programs

KID Preschool PLUS offers full time programs for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Free VPK

FREE VPK is available from 9:00am – 12:00pm, with Aftercare available for children 4 and 5 years old. KID Preschool PLUS is a Gold Seal Provider and COA Accredited.

Become a Sponsor

Want to become a sponsor for a KID Signature Event? Contact our Event Manager to learn about all our partnership opportunities!BECOME A SPONSOR

For more information, please click here.

Speak Up for Kids PBC

REACHING 100% ADVOCACY for every abused, abandoned, and neglected child in Palm Beach County, EFFECTIVELY BREAKING the cycles of abuse, violence, crime and neglect one child at a time.

Guardian ad Litem

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program in Palm Beach County is a partnership of trained, court appointed, community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of abandoned, abused and neglected children. Together with the Child’s Best Interest Attorney and the Staff Child Advocacy Manager, the Guardian ad Litem helps to form a team to help advocate the best interest for each child facing dependency court.

STUDENTS
Speak Up for Kids

STUDENTS Speak Up For Kids empowers students with opportunities to serve and speak up for the children involved in Palm Beach County’s dependency court system. By promoting positive youth development through equipping our community-kids to help foster-kids by giving students the tools to create their own advocacy campaigns.

Foster Palm Beach

The need for Foster Homes in PBC is URGENT. Currently, there are almost 120 CHILDREN in Palm Beach County alone who Need a Foster Home through no fault of their own. Foster care is the temporary placement for children who have been removed from their parents’ care while their parents address the issues causing their displacement. Foster Palm Beach is devoted to finding caring homes for abused, abandoned, & neglected children in Palm Beach County.

COMMITTED TO TRANSPARENCY

90% of EVERY DOLLAR raised is REINVESTED DIRECTLY into the program. So when you make a monthly gift or donation to our organization, the overwhelming majority of your generosity goes toward what you intended – supporting children, in foster care, in Palm Beach County.


A child with a Volunteer Child Advocate is…

TWICE as likely to find a safe, permanent home

TWICE as likely to be adopted

HALF as likely to re-enter foster care
MORE ATTENTIVE and do better in school

MORE likely to graduate

MORE likely to participate in after-school and extracurricular activities like “normal kids”

MORE likely to get the services + resources they need for emotional + educational well-being

MORE LIKELY to receive available therapeutic services

…THAN ANY CHILD WITHOUT A CHILD ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER.

For more information, please click here.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Our Vision

NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

Our Mission

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

What We Do

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. 

We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.

Our Values

  • Hope: We believe in the possibility of recovery, wellness and the potential in all of us.
  • Inclusion: We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
  • Empowerment: We promote confidence, self-efficacy and service to our mission.
  • Compassion: We practice respect, kindness and empathy.
  • Fairness: We fight for equity and justice.

Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

At NAMI, we believe a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization (or Alliance) is one where all employees, volunteers and members — regardless of gender, race, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, education, disability, veteran status or other dimension of diversity — feel valued and respected.

We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and to providing equal opportunity for employment, participation and advancement in all programs and worksites.

Helping Those In Need

NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 and has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. 

For more information, please click here.

AVDA- Aid To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

AVDA is committed to its mission to promote violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. AVDA has been a safe haven for thousands of victims of domestic abuse.

“Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.” -C. Kennedy, Ómorphi

Our Mission

AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by one person in an intimate relationship to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Domestic violence includes current and former spouses and dating partners and can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence can vary in frequency and severity and occurs on a continuum, ranging from one episode that might or might not have lasting impact, to chronic and severe episodes over a period of years.
Data from CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicate: 

  • About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of IPV-related impact.
  • Over 43 million women and 38 million men experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Programs

For the many individuals who need our help, AVDA provides a Community of Hope through our state-certified domestic violence center that offers a comprehensive array of services for all victims of domestic violence including; a 24 hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing, advocacy, counseling and support to help them live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. We also work throughout the community to educate and engage people of all ages in our commitment to prevent violence. 

AVDA’s Community of Hope


Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. 
We are dedicated to empowering and supporting survivors of domestic violence to live violence-free and self-sufficient lives.

For more information, click here.

Girls on the Run. Nonprofit Girls Empowerment Program

We focus on the whole girl

Meeting in small teams or connecting virtually, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls to build confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity.

We made a big impact in 2019

Across the country, local Girls on the Run councils made a difference in the lives of more than 200,000 girls who made a positive impact by completing over 14,000 community service projects. We recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making, therefore we are transparent with donations, grants and other financial information.

“Girls on the Run helped me gain self-confidence so now I tell myself ‘I can do it!’ when times get tough.”

Hannah, age 9

Mind + Body Connection

Our lessons focus on building social, emotional and physical skills in girls while encouraging healthy habits for life.

Confidence through Accomplishment

Each season comes to an end with a joyful and fun non-competitive 5K. This culmination gives girls a tangible sense of accomplishment and the confidence to be the author of her story.

Set goals to succeed

Girls work on setting goals through exercises and discussions. Each season ends with a non-competitive 5K, where girls celebrate who they are, how far they have come and where they want to go.

Find a team near you

Ready to empower your girl to be physically active while she develops and strengthens important life skills? Inspire her confidence by joining your local Girls on the Run community.

For More Information, click here.

PROPEL Your Future

People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership

WHAT IS A PROPELIAN?

A Propelian is a student who strives for success. Propelians uphold good character traits and acts as leaders within their communities. They want to increase their knowledge to enhance their options and opportunities. These students want to exceed the norms by creating their own footprints. Best of all, they work to uplift their fellow Propelians by creating a family atmosphere which is both accepting and nurturing. Though this bond cannot be broken, it can be opened to share with others. Find out how you can become a Propelian!

OUR MISSION:

PROPEL’s mission is to support academic advancement, leadership development and post-secondary planning for middle and high school aged students who attend Title 1 schools.

OUR VISION:

PROPEL is dedicated to supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Providing programming to adolescents who are systemically under served, PROPEL fosters self-sufficiency and supports the development of strategies to overcome obstacles.

VALUE STATEMENT:

PROPEL is committed to presenting new and innovative programming to students; preparing them for their future.

PROPEL measures success when students graduate with the confidence and foundational knowledge and skills to take on new challenges and pursue their dreams; an understanding of their talents and strengths; a commitment to their own academic, emotional and physical health and a passion to engage with their community.

For more information, please click here.

The Arc of The Glades

“Helping Others Help Themselves”

“Helping Adults With Intellectual & Developmental Challenges Lead a Better Life”

Growth Opportunities for People Living With Disabilities

Who We Are

The Arc of The Glades is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in Belle Glade, FL. We offer various services and activities for adults who have cognitive and developmental challenges. Helping them learn new skills, find jobs, and gain a better life is what we aim for.

What We Do

Our team provides a broad range of programs. These include:

  • Community Integration Services
  • Pre-Vocational Activities
  • Sheltered Activities
  • Supported Employment
  • Supported Living
  • Vocational Training

Our Mission

“In Partnership for Full Equality for People with Developmental Disabilities”

We aim to PARTNER with people living with developmental disabilities for equal participation and inclusion in the communities of Western Palm Beach County, also known as “The Glades.”

Our Vision

We envision equality of opportunity and equality of choice for people living with disabilities.

For more information, please click here.

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida

Mission:

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida is dedicated to providing therapeutic riding and equine-activities to children and adults with special needs so that they may improve physically, mentally and emotionally.

Vision:

We envision a place where abilities are strengthened, where activities lead to self-confidence, and each person can experience life without limits.

Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~ Pam Brown

History:

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Soroptimist International of Boca Raton and the Kiwanis Club of Boca Raton.  The organization began as a community project of the Soroptimist women, soon developing into a fully functioning program with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Boca and several other members of the local community.  The program began by serving 6 children with special needs on 6 borrowed horses in a public field in Palm Beach County.   

Beginning as Horses and the Handicapped of South Palm Beach County in 1982, the organization and its stewards have remained vigilant to the ever-changing special needs community and societal changes.  Today, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida offer four different programs and has grown to serve more than 135 children and adults with special needs annually through four programs, including: Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Equine-Facilitated Learning and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy.

We manage a 5.25-acre campus within Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek that is home to a 12-stall barn, covered riding arena, grazing paddocks and a therapeutic learning center. Our equine programs are executed with the aid of 11 specially trained therapy horses and assisted by more than 300 volunteers, donating more than 10,000 hours of their time and talents. In October 2017, EATSF earned renewal as a Premier Accredited Center from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, placing the organization within the top 25% of therapeutic riding centers around the world.

By looking back, we are proud to move forward, envisioning a place where abilities are strengthened, where activities lead to self-confidence, and each person can experience life without limits.

For more information, please click here.

Boca Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities

Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities

Nation’s Largest Free Event for Kids, Adults and Wounded Warriors with Special Needs Celebrates 11 Years on Land and on Sea.

Welcome to the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, America’s largest free fun-day for people with special needs, their families and their caregivers.

Now in its 12th year, the Bash reaches out to embrace the estimated 20% of Florida residents who live with physical and/or intellectual challenges–disabilities that are seen or unseen. In Palm Beach County however, 25% have a disability, among the highest number in the nation.

A true celebration of diversity, the Boating & Beach Bash demonstrates how a community can honor and salute those among us who struggle each day with unimaginable challenges.

OUR GUESTS

Many of our guests are people often overlooked by society. Their challenges place them outside the mainstream, and many of them are never seen at the mall, the movies or even at a fast food restaurant. Once a year they are invited into the sunshine for a joy-filled day that celebrates their diversity and embraces them as the unique individuals they are.

Each March, young and old alike, come together with their families and caregivers to beautiful Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, where they are treated as world class VIP’s, from the moment they arrive.

THE LOCATION

The setting for the Bash is Spanish River Park, located at 3001 North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A). The park, Boca’s most beautiful setting for an event like the Bash, is set between the Atlantic Ocean, with its pristine beaches on one side, and the scenic Intracoastal Waterway on the other. The heart of the park boasts grassy picnic areas, covered shelters, walkways and playgrounds—all nestled under a canopy of lush, tropical trees.

Did we mention that EVERYTHING is free from the moment our guests reach the park? Admission, parking, lunch, boat rides, the concerts and all Bash related activities are FREE and always will be. We welcome one and all.

JAY VAN VECHTEN
DIRECTOR

Our History

The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities was first imagined in 2008 by members of the City of Boca Raton’s Advisory Board for People with Disabilities. The City agreed to sponsor the event, with members of the Advisory Board helping City employees host it.

THE 1ST BASH

The first Bash in March of 2009 attracted 350 participants and had three boats that gave rides to all attendees. A BBQ lunch was served and a live band composed of musicians with disabilities rocked the park.

THE 2ND BASH

The second Bash in March of 2010 attracted 700 participants and had 7 boats. The event was enhanced by volunteers from the Coast Guard and Boca Raton High School’s Junior Navy ROTC Cadets.

THE 3RD BASH

The third Bash in March of 2011 attracted 2,200 guests and featured 25 yachts. That year the Bash achieved the status of being the largest, free, fun-day ever staged in the United States for people with special needs, their families and caregivers. The event also received global media attention as the press dubbed it, “The Miracle on the Intracoastal.” A new exhibitor zone was added, where leading nonprofit organizations and local businesses showcased goods and services specifically for the special needs community.

The entire project nearly collapsed in late 2011, when the City had to withdraw its funding for the event because the Bash’s rapid growth had made it too expensive and labor intensive for the City to manage. Fortunately the City agreed to allow the Bash to continue to utilize the park for free and to enjoy the benefit of in-kind services, like sanitation, security and lifeguards. It then relinquished the Bash to Jay Van Vechten, one of its original creators, who vowed to keep the event alive.

Jay assembled a group of dedicated volunteers and together they reimagined the event on a much grander and more inclusive scale, reaching beyond the boundaries of Boca Raton. The freshly minted Bash would now welcome anyone with a disability in South Florida, along with their families and caregivers.

THE 4TH BASH

In 2012, the all-volunteer organizing committee doubled the size of the Bash, drawing close to 4,500 attendees, assisted by 500 volunteers, and provided boat rides aboard 24 yachts. In this its 4th year, the event was named: “BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM IN SOUTH FLORIDA,” a prestigious award it has now won four times from the Gold Coast PR Council.

5TH, 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH BASH EVENTS

The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Bash events continued to grow drawing thousands of guests.

Additionally, leading singers and musicians from across the State volunteered to entertain, while DJ’s with disabilities inspired guests with the latest dance music. Throughout the park miniature therapy ponies and service dogs mixed and mingled with guests to the delight of everyone.

Ronald McDonald’s magic tricks cheered young and old alike, while a dozen costumed action heroes, including Spiderman, Captain America, Batman and Superman kept everyone laughing and entertained throughout the day.

Rehabilitation professionals from Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital at the Delray Medical Center, along with graduating seniors from Nova University’s Rehabilitation Program, began leading guests in low impact sports, while on the beach professional kite flyers thrilled attendees with high flying aerobatic stunts.

Another popular feature added in recent years is a Body Mind & Spirit Center, where various forms of yoga, breathing and meditation techniques are shared by a team of trained professionals.

Finally, there’s a Fun Zone that offers arts and crafts workshops and numerous interactive games that provide wholesome, accessible activities for the entire family.

It is a magical day for everyone!

After four years of lobbying the powers that be, the Bash was delighted to add mobility mats to our beach offerings, providing full access to anyone with mobility issues, even those in wheelchairs. Now guests can traverse the sand and even have a dip in the ocean, thanks to fully immersible, floating chairs awaiting them at water’s edge. The Bash now owns a full set of state of the art Mobi Mats, thanks to a county grant that allowed us to supplement those mats owned by the City of Boca Raton. It is a win/win for everyone.

THE 9TH AND 10TH BASH EVENTS

In the 9th year close to 5,000 guests attended the Bash. They came from as far away as California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington DC. A mother and son journeyed all the way from Puglia, Italy to join us. The Bash also welcomed the Broadway star of ANNIE, Andrea McArdle, singing: “TOMORROW,” her signature hit song from the show. Additionally singer Mason Pace and dozens of costumed Super Heroes led everyone in a rousing rendition of “We Are The World.” One of the biggest hits of the 2017 Bash was a miniature train called the Catabella Express. With five cars, each capable of holding up to four people, the accessible train allows those in wheelchairs to roll aboard and go for a fun ride throughout the park.

In the 10th year, Bash participants celebrated the event’s 10th Anniversary, with nearly 6,000 guests on hand to welcome Ketchi Okwuchi, finalist from the popular TV show, “America’s Got Talent.” Ms. Okwuchi, who survived a fiery plane crash has endured over 100 surgeries since her accident. But her beautiful voice and extraordinary spirit inspired all who heard her and got to meet her that day. Also on hand were the 20 members of Miami’s Lighthouse for the Blind Gospel Choir, raising their voices to the heavens in thanks for the blessings we all have, that in spite of our challenges we are all one in the eyes of God.

For more information, please click here.

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