Get ready to be inspired! The Arc’s Summit of Hope Community Awareness Luncheon was held on October 7, 2014 and featured amazing stories that touched people’s hearts and inspired the crowd to dream big for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To begin your virtual Summit of Hope experience, please click the first video below.
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The 2014 Summit of Hope was kicked off by advocate-moonlighting-as-emcee Patricia Fulton who introduced our opening act, musician Troy Horne who performed his own song, "Amazing." As a longtime friend of this chapter, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have such a talented artist perform a song that speaks so much to the mission and values of this organization. Check out this awesome lyric video that unites Troy's music and our people. To learn more about Troy's music, visit him online at www.troyhorne.com.
After a brief break for lunch, The Arc's Executive Director Lori Ropa spoke about how The Arc's work locally aligns with a strong national movement for people with disabilities across the country. Through the support of our members and donors, this chapter of The Arc is changing lives and transforming our community.
As an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to learn how to do life in an ever-changing world, we find that the people we serve often need more assistance at different points in their lifetime. It's when we follow the people we serve over time that you can really see the power of advocacy to transform lives and bring the seemingly impossible within reach. To see for yourself, check out these videos of Eddie Brauch, Andrew Broughton, and the Stolper family.
As a special treat, rather than filming the update of the Stolper family and triplets Gina, Lena and Tina, the girls and their mom took to the stage to show our guests just how far they've come since they burst into this world as micro-preemies born at 25 weeks.
As our program drew to a close, our friend Lesley Dahlkemper, a member of the Jefferson County School Board, took the stage to rally support for The Arc. Thanks to her passionate appeal, The Summit of Hope has already raised more than $80,000 to ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have the right help at the right time to help everyone achieve their dreams. If you would like to be part of the 2014 Summit of Hope's success story, click here to donate now. 100% of your donation will support our friends and neighbors right here in Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties. During her speech, Lesley walks guests through the pledge cards provided at the event, which is available for download here.