Ability Center Auxiliary’s 36th annual style show

by Mary Helen Darah

Co-chairs Claire Browning and Karen Lumm are excited for the upcoming style show ‘Celebrate!’ benefiting The Ability Center.

The Auxiliary to The Ability Center will host their 36th annual Style Show fundraiser and luncheon, “Celebrate!” as they commemorate their 101st anniversary of serving the community. The organization’s goal is to create the nation’s most disability-friendly community.

The Ability Center provides numerous programs to support people with disabilities. These services include helping individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing therapy and service dogs to help individuals with daily needs. The Ability Center also loans equipment to individuals with temporary disabilities at no cost as well as offering assistance to those who wish to modify their houses for better accessibility. They also offer youth and transitional services such as independent living skills, peer support and mentoring and college scholarships.

Sadly, last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 and the organization was unable to celebrate its 100th anniversary which affected raising needed funds for its mission.

The Ability Center’s many services and programs will greatly benefit from the upcoming

style show as they celebrate 101 years. The event will take place on Oct. 6 at The Pinnacle in Maumee. Chicos, J.Jill, Ragazza Boutique, Vivian Kate, and Hip to the Groove will provide the fashions. 13abc’s Sashem Brey will serve as emcee. Jenny Barlos, Client Services Manager and service dog General will hit the runway together.

Doors open at 10:15 am for vendors, raffles, a silent auction, cocktails and socializing.

The luncheon begins at 11:50 am with the

style show beginning at 12:50 pm.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling 419-885-5733.

Claire Browning is serving as co-chair of the event with Karen Lumm. She is looking forward to making the 36th annual show one to remember. “Karen Lumm and I, as chairman of Celebrate, are excited to be able to recognize The Ability Center’s 101 years of service to our community, assisting people with disabilities to be able to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community.

Our gratitude goes to underwriters, vendors, donors, as well as the clothing stores who provide their fabulous fashions, and of course our Auxiliary members who commit their time and talent to make this luncheon and fashion show successful year after year,” she stated. Karen Lumm is also looking forward to the event saying, “Members lend their time and talent to this signature event that raises funds for programs and scholarships. The Auxiliary to The Ability Center members are dedicated ambassadors for our mission.”

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