Last Friday, the jjslist.com staff got to attend the Skokie Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Board Installation and Membership Awards Luncheon. It was a very special occasion! They named us the 2013 Non-Profit of the Year, an award we were honored to accept. So we hopped in our cars, took the jjslist.com Disability Awareness Players and headed to Monastero for a nice award luncheon!
Before the event got started, some of our interns and No Boundaries participants took some time to network with the business owners and representatives at the event. The experience helped them build the necessary 1+1 networking skills they’ve been practicing at No Boundaries and allowed them the opportunity to put it to good use. We met a representative from Orchard Village, a place where individuals with disabilities can live, and Howard Meyer, the Executive Director of the Skokie Chamber.
During the luncheon, we sat down and listened to Harry Steindler of SS&G discuss his business and how to be a better businessman. He also gave out books to those who answered his trivia questions correctly. Ono of our interns won a book, by answering a baseball trivia question before anyone else could!
Once lunch was over, we watched the installation of the new Skokie Chamber’s Board of Directors. Our very own JJ Hanley stepped up to receive the award and thanked the Skokie Chamber. “To receive an award like this is not possible without the employees, volunteers and helpers who commit their time and effort to make this venture a successful one.” said JJ, “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
The Disability Awareness Players taught the Skokie Chamber of Commerce members to be disability-aware during their interactive Disability Awareness Training. This was the first time No Boundaries participant, Alex, was a Disability Awareness Player. We found out he’s really good on stage! Even better, we found out he made a connection attending the luncheon!
This was a fantastic event for all of us. We had a wonderful time, we got to meet new people, and we were honored to be recognized by the business community. Our Disability Awareness Players did an awesome job, and we may have a new star – Alex. We hope to continue our work of connecting businesses and people with disabilities as time goes on. Who knows, maybe we’ll win another award, but we can’t do it without your help! Thank you to the Skokie Chamber of Commerce for supporting disability awareness in the business community. Please click here to learn more about our Disability Awareness Training.
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