Chick Ludwig joins us as celebrity waiter

Chick Ludwig, news sports talk radio host for WONE Radio in Dayton, will be joining us for our 2nd Annual Dining with the Stars celebrity waiter event on Wednesday, May 14 at Thai 9 Restaurant in the Oregon District.

Chick is a former sports writer for the Dayton Daily News. In addition to his afternoon program on WONE, he also guests hosts on WLW 700 in Cincinnati, as well as 1530 Cincinnati ESPN.

He joins K99 Radio’s Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy, WHIO TVs John Paul, WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen, Joseph Airport Toyota’s Christian Hahn and others who will make sure our dinner guests receive great service and all for a great cause.

Be watching for updates on our waiters and our event.


Staff support community needs

Job well done to the staff of Choices In Community Living for their coming together over the holiday season to collect 285 pounds of food for the Dayton FoodBank. Staff participate in two food drives annually, collecting food to fill barrels in the front lobby of the administrative offices at 1651 Needmore Road.

The FoodBank shared their appreciation to staff with the following message, “it is only with generous donations from people like you that we are able to achieve our goal of relieving hunger in the Miami Valley.”

The FoodBank provides food and resources to a network of more than 100 agency programs aimed at eliminating hunger in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.


Welcome Dining sponsors

We are honored to welcome three sponsors for our 2014 Dining with the Stars event on May 14 at Thai 9 Restaurant in the Oregon District, a night of great food, great fun and all for a great cause!

Irongate Realtors – Marty Marvin-Moe and Strategic Employee Benefits were sponsors for our first Dining event last year and we are honored by their support this year for Partners For Community Living, Choices In Community Living, Resident Home Association on behalf of the people we serve. Thank you Irongate/Marty and SEBS for your generosity and support as Bronze sponsors.

We welcome new sponsor Comp Management Health Systems as a Silver sponsor and thank them for being a part of our event.




John Paul to be celebrity waiter

john Paul webNewsCenter 7 Daybreak co-anchor John Paul will be joining us as one of our celebrity waiters for our 2014 Dining with the Stars event that will be Wednesday, May 14 at Thai 9 Restaurant in the Oregon District. He will join WHKO Radio’s Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy, WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen and other waiters in making this a dinner and an event you won’t forget.

Our celebrity waiters will not only take your dinner order, they’ll bring you that extra straw when you need it or extra napkin, they might tell you a joke or even sing a song BUT only for your generous tips! The great food will be exceeded only by the great fun for a great cause. All proceeds from the event support Partners For Community Living and our partner agencies, Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association. The proceeds from last year’s event are being used to assist with the purchase of in-home generators for each agency.

Be watching for more details on Dining with the Stars. Send us an email at if you would like to be placed on our invitation list.


Choices Board 2

The president thanks the president …. Stephen McHugh (r) has taken on the leadership role as president of the Board of Trustees for Choices In Community Living (CICL). One of his first and most enjoyable duties was honoring outgoing president Bob Steinbach on his retirement from the Board after ten years of exemplary leadership and service. Board members serve in a volunteer capacity and represent area businesses and community organizations. Bob is Director of Regional Initiatives for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. Stephen is an attorney with Coolidge Wall.

Choices Board

Outgoing Board president Bob Steinbach was surrounded by board members and staff as he was honored for his ten years of service on the CICL Board. Pictured are (Front: l-r) Pam Winston, Partners Volunteer Coordinator; Janet Peasant, Board secretary; Bob Steinbach, outgoing president; Tom Weaver, CICL Executive Director; and Bill Kramer, Board member – (Back: l-r) Ron Johnson, Board member; Trent Grooms, CICL Human Resources Director; Eugene Aukerman, Board treasurer; Stephen McHugh, Board president; and Shawn Valentine, CICL Finance Director.


Would you like to be a part of Fish ‘N Chips?

If your answer is yes, we would be so happy to have you join us to make this year our best event ever.

We’re looking to make our Raffle Basket Extravaganza the best yet and you can be a part of helping us do that. Last year people lined up around our 40+ raffle baskets to drop in their tickets for a chance to win. Our winners left with big smiles on their faces.

We want more smiling faces this year and you can help us make that happen when you support our raffle baskets with a donation. Gift cards are always a welcome addition to any of our baskets. Our guests also really enjoy theme baskets, such as pets, children, ladies, sports and sports teams, movies, and more.

You can donate a basket based on a theme of your choosing – maybe get your family involved in shopping or putting your basket together or you can donate items and we will include them in one of our baskets – you donate it – we’ll make it pretty!

Remember to join us at the Fish Fry on February 28 at the Wayne Boosters Athletic Foundation in Huber Heights to see all of our baskets and maybe even drop in your own tickets for a chance to win.

Deadline for donations to our raffle baskets is February 14. You may drop off items at the offices of Choices In Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road or Resident Home Association, 3661 Salem Avenue or call Volunteer Coordinator Pam Winston at 278-0791. You may also make a designated monetary donation in support of our raffle baskets by selecting our Donate Now button on our secure website.



Art & Soul entry deadline

Artists with developmental disabilities in a 22-county region in and around Dayton are encouraged to submit their entries for the 7th Annual Art & Soul juried art exhibit. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 5. Entries may be dropped off or mailed to Inner I Gallery, 81 East Main Street in Xenia (Toward Independence.) Artists may submit up to two pieces of art for judging in the following media: paintings, drawings, 3-D art; pottery, sculpture; mosaics; photography and mixed media.

Three area professional judges will select 40 entries to be showcased at this year’s Exhibit at the Town & Country Fine Arts Center, beginning with the opening reception on April 4.

We welcome new Art Patron Vincenzina Krymow. Her tax-deductible donation will support cash awards to the artists. The Exhibit is funded solely by sponsorships and donations. The 2014 sponsors include the Butler, Greene, Hamilton and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, with additional support from Sketches Framing Shop, the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities  and 3F Coaching.

You can join Vincenzina as an Art Patron with a $100 tax-deductible donation on our secure website or mail to Toward Independence, 81 East Main Street, Xenia 45385, to the attention of Jodi Hill.