It was the best of all summer days on July 9 at Lofino Park in Beavercreek when the Pratt family came together with family and friends to host their annual picnic for the people served by Resident Home Association. They provided all the fixings for a great picnic meal, right down to the desserts, and even did the grilling of the hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of friendship and competition with corn hole, wiffle ball, and ladder ball.
One of the highlights of the day was when Ken caught a GIANT fish (all of two inches long) and brought it back to show everyone, including Steve, who thought the fish needed to be back in the water so he ran it to a pond down the street and released it – sure to be a story to be shared at next year’s picnic and for years to come – literally the fish that got away!
The annual event is a result of the efforts of Resident Home Board member Steve Schulte, who is a son-in-law of John Pratt. Three Pratt sisters are actively involved in the planning of the picnic, as well as hands on duties during the event. John’s fourth daughter, Susan, is one of the happiest members of our Resident Home family. Not only does she get to enjoy the picnic with her housemates, she gets to spend fun time with her family as well, even giving them some direction from time to time. The Pratt family, along with enthusiastic volunteers from Sibcy Cline, have been hosting the picnic since 2010.
John Pratt was one of the pioneering advocates who dedicated decades of his life in support of people with developmental disabilities. He was a founding member of both Resident Home Association and Choices In Community Living, as well as serving many years on the Board of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was a founding member of our Partners Endowment Committee for our Endowment Fund at The Dayton Foundation. Our Endowment’s Legacy Society, the John W. Pratt Society, is named in his honor.
Through service on the Resident Home board, with the annual picnic and in so many other ways, his devoted family carry on his legacy of service.