On Saturday, February 10th, Full Life celebrated its eighteenth year of providing robust support services to our Hawai’i Island ‘ohana who have intellectual disabilities!
Well attended by participants, family members, support staff, Board of Directors and community supporters, the theme of this year’s event was “The Roaring 20’s”. The Waimea Community Center was transformed into the richness and rave reminiscent of that era; everyone received either a pearl necklace or gold bow tie! An Italian buffet with heart-shaped pasta was served with heart-themed desserts.
During the program, participants received certificates of recognition for their outstanding achievements! Pauline Aughe, who served seven years on the Board and chaired the Outreach and Fundraising Committee was honored with this year’s “Mana I Ke Leo” (Power of the Voice) Award! Mar Ortaleza, Employment Services and Outreach Coordinator, a member of the Outreach and Fundraiser Committee, Program Committee, who also took on the Interim Director of Programs position, was also acknowledged for his accomplishments which included being the very first awardee of the Outstanding Advocate of the Year for the East Hawai’i Island Disability Legislative Forum.
We were treated to a wonderful preview magic show by Bruce and Jennifer Meyers. Our very own Josie “The Jokester” opened the program with her funny jokes. Fans were given out to everyone, a promotion for our upcoming annual magic show fundraiser, themed “Wonder without Limits” on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7pm-9pm at the historic Hilo Palace Theater!
Finally, our Full Life entrepreneurs had their own room where they successfully sold their art and crafts. A fabulous photo booth was a the backdrop to this year’s fun event! We extend a big mahalo nui loa to the many people who made this event a success!
Full Life ‘Ohana