Fiesta a la Familia

Dining with the Stars: A Celebrity Waiter Event is honored to announce our 2015 Celebrity Waiters that will be joining us at El Meson Restaurant on May 19.  We welcome Tony Capizzi (Montgomery County Juvenile Court); Claudia Cortez (Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce); Gabrielle Enright (WHIO Television); Frye Guy (K 99 Radio Breakfast Club); Christian Hahn (Joseph Airport Toyota); Larry Hansgen (WHIO Radio and Voice of the UD Flyers);  Rand Oliver (WENCO/Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce); John Paul (WHIO Television); Natasha Williams (WKEF/WRGT Television); and Nancy Wilson (K99 Radio Breakfast Club.)

McGohan-Brabender and El Meson are presenting sponsors for our 2015 event, along with sponsorships from Irongate Realtors, UNUM, Superior Dental Services, Quanexus and BOST.

Tickets are available for $30, which includes a sumptuous four-course dinner.  Contact Pam Skelly, partners@rhadayton.com for more information and to reserve your tickets now.

Pictured at a recent  Fiesta Hour at El Meson to plan for Dining with the Stars are: (l-r, back row) John Moe (sponsor, Irongate Realtors); Tom Weaver, Executive Director of Choices In Community Living; Pete Roll, Executive Director of Resident Home Association, Tony Capizzi, Montgomey County Juvenile Court Judge and celebrity waiter; Rand Oliver, WENCO/Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and celebrity waiter – Front: Marty Moe (Irongate Realtors); and Claudia Cortez, Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and celebrity waiter.

Pictured at a recent Fiesta Hour at El Meson to plan for Dining with the Stars are: (l-r, back row) John Moe (sponsor, Irongate Realtors); Tom Weaver, Executive Director of Choices In Community Living; Pete Roll, Executive Director of Resident Home Association, Tony Capizzi, Montgomey County Juvenile Court Judge and celebrity waiter; Rand Oliver, WENCO/Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and celebrity waiter – Front: Marty Moe (Irongate Realtors); and Claudia Cortez, Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and celebrity waiter.

 

What do DSPs do?

Just what do Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do? HERE’S ONE IMPORTANT ANSWER.

THEY SAVE LIVES!

No one knows that better than everyone at Choices In Community Living, especially Carolyn, who lives in one of Choices’ homes in Clark County. She is alive today thanks to the quick thinking and actions of her DSP Shelly Kelly. Part of Shelly’s responsibilities is to make sure that people have their medications. On this particular day, Shelly gave Carolyn her medications while she was sitting at the kitchen table. Unlike all the other days, on this day Carolyn had some trouble with one of the larger pills and it got lodged in her throat.

Shelly quickly noticed that Carolyn was in distress, couldn’t talk and wasn’t breathing right. Without a second thought, she did what she was trained to do – take immediate action by administering the Heimlich Maneuver. It didn’t work the first time or the second time but the pill did dislodge, restoring Carolyn’s breathing. Other than the scare, Carolyn was fine immediately after the incident, with no injuries.

Like all DSPs, Shelly was required to take training to prepare her for just such an incident and that training and Shelly’s quick response saved Carolyn’s life!

NOTE: DSPs like Shelly save lives and bring dignity and respect to the lives of people with developmental disabilities every hour of every day of every week of every year. The next biennium budget for the State of Ohio is currently being considered. Among the provisions being considered in that budget is a proposal to increase the wages for Direct Support Professionals in keeping with a “living wage.” Did you know that the current hourly wage for DSPs across Ohio is from $9.00 – $11.00 and that many DSPs work more than one job or rely on other forms of assistance to support themselves and their families?

Choices In Community Living joins almost 300 other agencies across Ohio in urging families, friends, advocates and the public to make contact now with elected officials, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the office of the Governor to urge the passage of the provision in the State budget that will recognize the value of the work and service of Direct Support Professionals. Please send an email, letter or make a phone call to let them know you support better wages for DSPs.

 

Don’t miss the exciting dining experience of Dining with the Stars 2015

Our 2015 Dining with the Stars celebrity waiter event will have you thinking Fiesta as we gather at El Meson Restaurant on Tuesday, May 19 for a night of great food and entertainment. Tickets are $30 for a four course dinner, served to you by our very enthusiastic celebrity waiters, which will include: WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen; WHKO Radio’s Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy; WHIO Television’s John Paul and Gabrielle Enright; Natasha Williams of Channel 22/45 Television; Joseph Toyota’s Christian Hahn and Judge Anthony Cappizzi.

Thank you to El Meson for serving as one of our event sponsors. Watch for the announcement of additional sponsors. Tickets and sponsorship information is available at our secure website at www.partnersohio.com or by calling 898-3655 or 278-0791.

 

A great Fry was had by all

Thanks to everyone for their support of our 2015 Partners Fish ‘N Chip Fish Fry, from sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests, it was a somewhat soggy but very happy night for all of us, even those who patiently waited in line to enjoy our fish or sausage dinner. Tables full of raffle baskets and baked goods, our 50/50 raffle, our recliner raffle and all our casino games – everything added to a good night at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation. 2015 Fish Fry 5

Thanks to Bonham Electric and Edith Fuson for their sponsorships, Gallery Home Furnishings for the wonderful recliner, those who made donations during the event and to all our friends, families and neighbors.!

On now to our 8th Annual Art & Soul Exhibit on April 17, Dining with the Stars on May 19, and Bowl-A-Thon on May 22. Please join us.2015 Fish Fry 22015 Fish Fry 7low

 

It’s Fish Fry time and it’s only one week away!

All we need for a lucky Friday, the 13th is you joining us as our Fish Fry gets underway at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Road in Huber Heights. Dinner will be served from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Our casino-style games will run until 11:00 p.m. In addition to what many of our guests say is the best fish dinner in the area, our event will also feature many Casino-style games, a great bake sale and our Raffle Basket Extravaganza with more than 30 baskets. Geraldogamblin thumb

Tickets are $13.00 in advance and can be ordered on our secure website at www.partnersohio.com or by calling 278-0791. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.00. Proceeds benefit our shared volunteer program between Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.

Find more info about this and other events in Choices Voices newsletter here

tickets are available online here