Excitement grows for Art & Soul Opening Reception & Artists Award Ceremony

Saturday April 22nd 2017, 3-5pm Toward Independence Xenia, Ohio

It’s excitement for those who have made commitments to serve as sponsors for Art & Soul 2017, as well as the artists from around Ohio who have eagerly submitted their entries for consideration for the statewide exhibit, with opening ceremonies on Saturday, April 22 at Toward Independence in Xenia. The opening reception is open to the public at no charge. Work from artists in the Exhibit will be available for sale.a&s 2015 2

Partners For Community Living and Toward Independence have been coordinating the regional exhibit for the past nine years and are honored to be part of its statewide expansion for our 10th anniversary Exhibit. We are honored to announce that this year’s entries were juried (judged) by Glen Cebulash, Chair & Professor, Art & Art History at Wright State University; Glenna Jennings, Assistant Professor, Photography, Department of Art & Design, University of Dayton; and Valerie Shesko, Cincinnati-based landscape artist and printmaker with works in numerous collections.

The Exhibit, which includes cash awards for Best of Show and other awards, is funded 100% by sponsorships and donations. We welcome Hutcheson Homecare Pharmacy and Key Bank as a first-time sponsors, along with our legacy sponsors, the Butler, Greene, Hamilton, and Montgomery County Boards, as well as the Warren County Board of DD. Our legacy sponsors have been with us every year, making it possible for us to celebrate a growing number of artists with developmental disabilities. We also honor Edith Fuson, Judy Leasure, Bob & Gloria Archer who are joining us Art Patrons.

We are indebted to Sketches Framing in Beavercreek for their support in matting and framing the work selected for the Exhibit.

Sponsorships are still available to support this year’s Exhibit. Individuals and groups may also purchase an ad in our Exhibit program to honor our artists or their group/organization. Art Patrons are invited to join us with a tax-deductible donation of $100.00. Exhibit coordinators emphasize that this is not a fundraising event and that all of the sponsorships and donations go directly to professionally mat and frame art selected for the Exhibit, as well as for cash awards and other artist recognition.

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Fish N Chips March 3rd 2017

Join us  for  our Annual Fish Fry, Friday March 3rd 2017, raising funds to support the people we serve at Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.

It’s more than the best fish dinner around, it’s wonderful raffles, a delicious bake sale, Monte Carlo games, and more! Fun for the whole family and you support people with developmental disabilities.

Located at the Huber Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Road in Huber Heights. Dinner begins at 6:00 and runs until 9:00 p.m. Casino-style games will run until 11:00. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door.

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Or contact Pam Skelly at partners@rhadayton.com or 937-278-0791 to reserve your tickets. Remember, proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.

If you would like to make a donation to our raffle baskets or bake sale or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities at our Fish ‘N Chips, please contact Kelly at kbaker@rhadayton.com or 937-278-0791.

 

Carnival! Get your tickets now

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It’s not just dinner – it’s an experience!  Our 2016 Celebrity Waiter event is less than a month away. See the national dish of Brazil prepared just for you! Taste other sumptuous dishes, sample the national drink of Brazil – enjoy the steel drum music of the SunBurners, dance demonstrations, raffles and more.

All of the proceeds support our partner agencies in providing critical services and support when no other funds are available, such as clothing, furniture, medical equipment, accessible vans, recreation and much more. Purchase tickets here.

 

Call for Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Art & Soul juried art exhibit, celebrating the creative expressions of artists with developmental disabilities. Entries in a variety of media will be accepted until February 12. Artists may submit two entries. Professional artists from the Miami Valley will select the top 40 entries to be included in the exhibit. The exhibit provides opportunities for artists to showcase their work to a large and diverse audience, free framing (as appropriate) for their work selected for the exhibit, the opportunity to earn income through the sale of their work, and potential for cash awards during the awards ceremonies.

The opening reception and awards ceremonies will be held Friday, April 8 at Toward Independence, 81 East Main Street in Xenia. There will be cash awards for the top ten entries and recognition for all artists selected for the exhibit. The exhibit will remain on display through April 29.

The exhibit is planned and coordinated by Toward Independence and Partners For Community Living. Sponsors for our 9th annual exhibit include the Butler, Greene, Hamilton and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to Toward Independence at 81 E. Main Street in Xenia. For more information, contact Beth Esterkamp at 937-376-3996 or email at info@ti-inc.org.

Families and friends can support our Art & Soul artists with an ad in our Exhibit program. Share your message to an individual artist or to a group of artists and celebrate with them. Donations for ads are tax-deductible and available at $50 (1/4 page); $100 (1/2 page); $200 (full page.) You may include a photo of your artist (artists) along with your message. All donations directly support our 2016 exhibit. Please contact Pam Skelly at 937-278-0791 or pskelly@rhadayton.com no later than March 29 with your ad information.

 

When you win, they win!

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It couldn’t be any better than that. When you purchase a Jingle Bucks ticket, you have an opportunity to win up to $5,000 just in time for holiday shopping, while the people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association also win. Proceeds support clothing, furniture, medical equipment, recreation, holiday gifts, vans, a variety of activities and more.

Jingle Bucks is our annual holiday fundraising effort. Only 500 Jingle Bucks tickets are available at $25 each or five tickets for $100. One winner will be drawn during our Partners Open House on December 11. The winner will receive $5,000 if 400 or more tickets are sold. If 400 tickets or more are not sold, the winner will receive 50% of the total ticket sales and Partners will receive 50% in support of people with developmental disabilities.

Visit www.partnersohio.com/about to meet some of the people your ticket will support. Tickets are available at the offices of Choices In Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, and Resident Home Association, 3661 Salem Avenue; by calling Pam at 937-278-0791 or Judy at 937-898-3655; or you may purchase your ticket on our secure website here.

View Jingle Bucks Rules here.

 

Cheers to Big Beers!

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Big Beers and Barley Wines 2015 will be held inside the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on October 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. All proceeds from the event go directly to Resident Home Association.

What started as an idea for a small, intimate beer tasting in 2009 has quickly grown into the region’s premier beer tasting, where beer geeks can sample a variety of limited and hard-to-find craft beers all in one event. Big Beers features more than 80 brews from premium craft brewers such as Founders, Dark Horse, Bell’s and New Holland. Big Beers will also feature some of the best Ohio breweries: Toxic Brew Co., Warped Wing, Yellow Springs Brewing, Dayton Beer Co., 5th Street Brewpub, Hairless Hare, Jackie O’s, Blank Slate, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Elevator, Listermann/Triple Digit and many more.

Tickets Available online at: https://big-beers-barley-wines-2015.chirrpy.com/ and at the following ticket sellers:

Belmont Party Supply
BrewTensils
Ollie’s Place
5th Street Wine & Deli
Bee Gee’s Market
Barrel House
Boston’s Bistro & Pub
Chappy’s Tap Room
King’s Table
Lucky’s Tap Room & Eatery
South Park Tavern
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Toxic Brew
Trolley Stop

More information can be found at www.bigbeersdayton.com or call Pam Skelly 937-278-0791

 

Celebrating DSPs

Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association are joining agencies throughout Ohio and the nation in recognizing the work of our Direct Support Professionals during National Direct Support Professional Week. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and ANCOR’s  (American Network of Community Options and Resources) national advocacy campaign have joined together to sponsor the celebration and recognition, which will run from September 13 – 19. More than 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities across our nation rely on the professional care and support of Direct Support Professionals in their daily lives.

RHA certified DSP’s pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role” from left to right former staff members Frawnshay Billingsley, Valencia McAfee, and current staff Nafessa Huff, Pam Taylor and Callee Smith.

RHA certified DSP’s pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role” from left to right former staff members Frawnshay Billingsley, Valencia McAfee, and current staff Nafessa Huff, Pam Taylor and Callee Smith.

Lisa Barnes, Staff Trainer for Resident Home Association, serves as Chairperson for Ohio’s DSP Recognition event. This year’s event will be held in Columbus on September 16. The theme is “DSPs make HAPPY happen.” DSPaths provides training, certification and credentialing to enhance and support the professional development of those who provide direct support to individuals with disabilities.

More information about the September 16th event and OADSP can be found here at http://www.oadsp.org/

Lisa, pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role”, is not only the Chairperson for the yearly DSP recognition event but is also an officer in the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) and is a DSPATHS instructor.

Lisa, pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role”, is not only the Chairperson for the yearly DSP recognition event but is also an officer in the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) and is a DSPaths instructor.

 

Bowling for Wishes

Larry and Donald took time out from bowling during our 2014 Bowl-A-Thon to share a special message of appreciation to George Martin and everyone at the George C. Martin Funeral Home for their ongoing support as Event Sponsor.

Larry and Donald took time out from bowling during our 2014 Bowl-A-Thon to share a special message of appreciation to George Martin and everyone at the George C. Martin Funeral Home for their ongoing support as Event Sponsor.

Beaver Vu Bowl in Beavercreek will host our 2015 Partners Bowl-A-Thon on Friday, May 22. Bowlers from Choices In Community Living, Resident Home Association and the community will bowl together and all for a great cause – to support the Wish Lists of our two partner agencies.

Friends, families and bowlers from throughout the community are invited to join us for a night of great sportsmanship and some very competitive bowling. Bowling gets underway at 6:30, with pizza and pop served at 5:30. Pre-registration is requested by May 15 by contacting Partners at 937-898-3655.

We thank the George C. Martin Funeral Home for once again joining us as our event sponsor, something they have done for many years. We also thank those who are joining us as Lane, Team and Bowler sponsors, including: Accel Consulting; Donald & Eunice Stueve; Ellen McCloskey; Knights of Columbus #14882; Doug & Ann Jones; Rollin & Jenny Furnas; Ellsworth & Arlene Szkudlarek; and Sandra Johnson. Sponsorships are available beginning at $25 and up to $500 and are tax-deductible.

We also have 50/50 Jackpot tickets available at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The winner will be drawn at the end of the Bowl-A-Thon. The winner does not have to be present. Tickets are available at the offices of Choices In Community Living at 1651 Needmore Road or at the offices of Resident Home Association at 3661 Salem Avenue, or by calling Partners at 937-898-3655.

All of the proceeds from our Bowl-A-Thon help us provide clothing, shoes, furniture, medical equipment, recreation, holiday gifts and more when there are no other funds available to meet these important needs.

Go to our Events page to learn more about our Bowl-A-Thon.

 

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