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Strong support helps Kreider events succeed

July 18 was an amazing day for Kreider Services in Dixon. We hosted our inaugural golf open, with 144 golfers teeing off at Lost Nation. That evening, we hosted a gala, “A Meaningful Night at the Lodge,” on the wooded property behind Lost Nation Golf Club.

We had more than 220 people attend the gala. More than 350 people helped improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in Lee, Whiteside, and Jo Daviess counties. That was the point.

The events were successful because of the strong attendance, great sponsors, and hard-working volunteers. We exceeded our expectations on sponsorships for the events; leading the way was KSB Hospital and Ken Nelson Auto Group.

Many volunteers from the community also helped with the success of both events, including the board members of The ARC of Lee County, Kreider Services, and the Kreider Foundation.

So, what is Meaningful Day all about?  It is a new way of doing things, since we don’t live in a one-size-fits-all-world anymore. It is a philosophy that gives individuals with disabilities more choices on what will make their days more meaningful to them.

For some, it might be taking art classes, or learning how to cook. For others, it might be taking a vacation or going to a summer concert.

It might be learning a new job skill, or learning to use a computer or a tablet.

The choices are endless. It is about the “me” in meaningful, every day. It is about people having choices.

Proceeds raised at both events will go toward the purchase of equipment and learning aides to make this program a success for each individual. Kreider’s mission is people with disabilities reaching their fullest potential.

Your support helps us meet our mission.

Thank you to all who contributed, volunteered, and attended, and who are making a difference in someone’s life.

Note to readers: Jeff Stauter is the executive director of Kreider Services.

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