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By Sunrise Group on March 21, 2016

CBS4’s Ted Scouten To Emcee Sunrise’s 10th Annual Magnolia Gala

Sunrise announced that CBS4’s Ted Scouten will Emcee the festivities at its upcoming 10th Annual Magnolia Gala. “We are so pleased continue our working partnership with CBS4’s talent pool. We believe that Ted’s personal connection to the greater disabilities community is perfectly aligned with Sunrise’s mission,” said Les Leech, Sunrise President & CEO. Scouten is the youngest of five adopted children, the oldest two of which are developmentally disabled. As a sibling, Ted is a strong advocate for adoption, diversity and for the inclusion of people with intellectual and physical disabilities. ” This makes him the perfect emcee for a night celebrating people of all abilities… plus, he is a lot of fun!” added Leech. Get your tickets early!

By Sunrise Group on March 14, 2016

Lakeland ADT Welcomes Its Newest Pet Therapists

For years, Sunrise’s Lakeland Training program (TEC) had a resident tetra-pod or “Aves” — yes, a bird therapist named Ramsey. Ending a successful career of dedicated service, Ramsey recently retired and went on to new opportunities with a very loving family. While both excited and happy about Ramsey’s golden retirement, day center program trainees and staff alike missed their daily interactions with a pet therapist. Enter “Dr.” Willow and her associate, “Dr.” Bubba. Working with Lakeland’s ASPCA, Sunrise’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, Rebecca McGuire, arranged for the adoption of two felines for TEC’s training center. Feline “office hours” opened on Friday, March 11th. Please help us welcome our youngest, furriest and cuddliest pet therapists to the Lakeland Training Center!

By Sunrise Group on March 11, 2016

Florida’s Governor Scott Includes People With Disabilities To Make Florida First!

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, self-advocates and staff from Sunrise operations in Tallahassee made their way to the Capitol to award appreciation plaques to the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House and other key legislative champions that worked to include Floridians of all abilities in this year’s record $8.2 Billion State Budget. Florida’s House and Senate put together a spending plan for this year that increases the state budget by roughly 5 percent. Sunrise was represented at the appreciation awards by self-advocates from UCP Tallahassee’s LifeLinks program, Jeremiah Johnson and Grant Williams. UCP LifeLinks Program Coordinator, Sarah Whittington, and Direct Support Associate, Shareka Frazier accompanied the self-advocates as they met with Florida’s legislative leaders to thank them for their support of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

By Sunrise Group on March 8, 2016

Florida Legislative Leaders Protect Services for People With Disabilities

On behalf of The Sunrise Group, those we serve and their families from Homestead to Panama City, we extend our deepest gratitude to Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli. Due to their personal commitment to include Floridians of all abilities, $9,687,008 for critical services were allocated from recurring General Revenue. This means that $25 million will be used to help ensure that people with intellectual and physical disabilities may access community based services in the most person-centered and cost-effective manner possible. This is great news for Florida’s tax-payers as well as families and loved ones of people with disabilities!

By Sunrise Group on February 24, 2016

#Save-The-Date: Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival on March 13th in Sarasota

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida is hosting it's 15th Annual Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Proceeds from this event benefit the programs and services UCP offers to the developmentally disabled in Sarasota and Manatee counties through group homes and day programs. Over 1000 people attended last year and enjoyed samples of beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, desserts and OF COURSE....CHOCOLATE for one low ticket price that benefits UCP! March is also Cerebral Palsy Awareness month so bring the ENTIRE family and help bring awareness to this worthwhile cause.

By Sunrise Group on February 22, 2016

UCP on the Potomac: Volunteers With Disabilities Are Giving Back

Including volunteers with disabilities in charity activities is good for everyone! Through their service, volunteers with physical and mental challenges often change the perspectives of the communities in which they work. A diverse volunteer pool provides benefits such as improved public image, increased access to talented groups, diminished volunteer turnover, and improved overall financial operation. In addition to this, organizations that engage volunteers with disabilities are often more representative of society. As a result, charities are able to attract a greater number of service users, and appear more welcoming to patients, customers, donors, the general public, and even other volunteers. It is literally a win-win for all involved.