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The 5th Annual Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League Prom
Proves More Magical Than Ever
On Saturday, May 11th, Emmanuel Family Life Center hosted the 5th Annual Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League Prom. Ladies and gentleman entered the building dressed magnificently, date on arm or presenting as the cool stag. The theme for this year’s event; Masquerade Magic was a hit among participants. Some wore elaborate costumes depicting the allure of the unknown and others chose to display their beauty.
Volunteers greeted each person with a corsage or boutonniere, followed by a customary prom photo taken by Austin Peay Professor, Mr. John Moseley. Once the standard prom traditions were complete, guests joined others on the dance floor for the absolute prom experience.
This once a year event invites all in the Buddy Ball Community, ages 15 and older to come together for a remarkable experience. The event represents a long time high school tradition, excluding the customary stress. During this extraordinary event everyone has the opportunity to be themselves, have an unforgettable afternoon, and enjoying the prom experience.
Many Community Supporters were in attendance for the event. Volunteers assisted in decorating, serving refreshments, and most importantly providing dance partners for the attendees. Scott Chase, of 5 Star Radio Group in Clarksville, TN, provided the dance music. Beth Liggett Photography photographed the event, capturing many memorable moments. Clarksville Civitan Chapter 76 members were on hand, as well as, many families and supporters to help where needed.
This event like all Buddy Ball activities is free for all Buddy Ball Athletes. Buddy Ball receives donations of prom clothing all year and distributes them before the event based on a person’s style. Food and decorations are donated, as well as, monetary donations providing the extras.
“The Buddy Ball Prom has become a must attend event. The athletes enjoy getting together with their teammates to have a great time. Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that make this event a huge success!”, said Margaret Davis, Buddy Ball Coordinator
PDI is excited to announce the
recent nomination of
Kids Depot Child Care
andBuddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League
The 2013 Leaf-Chronicle Readers Choice Awards.
Voting has begun and will run through May 3rd. www.ReadersChoiceClarksville.com,
Readers can cast votes for their specific “favorites” in more than 100 categories, providing an opportunity to applaud people and businesses throughout
Clarksville and Montgomery County.
The contest includes the selection of the Top Local Social Service Agency. The charitable organization chosen by readers will receive a $5,000 grant plus community support from The Leaf-Chronicle for a day of
volunteerism. Winners will be announced at a reception at Clarksville Country Club for all category finalists on June 6.
Congratulations to both nominees!
Buddy Ball Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 6th
Special Olymipics Spring Games April 18th
Ruby Tuesdays Community Give Back Fundraiser April 23rd
Adult Day Center Celebrates Valentine’s Day
On February 14th the PDI Montgomery county adult day center was transformed pink and white in celebration of love. The center hosted an all day Valentine’s party, inviting families, friends, and employees to join in the excitement.
For this event program participants and PDI employees relished in all the days fun activities. A volunteer DJ provided music to dance with friends and families. Thoughtful cards were exchanged between sweethearts. Lunch was
graciously catered by Mrs. Kim Maxwell followed by a selection of desserts brought in to distribute.
“Everyone at the day center worked hard to create quite a special day for each person who attended. I am always proud of the employees I work with but today I am especially pleased with their overwhelming effort.”, Said Ms. Gina Thibodeau, Director of the Montgomery County Adult Day Center
NEW PROGRAM PROVIDES FUTURE EMPLOYEES OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE TODAY
Clarksville/Montgomery County School System, Progressive Directions, Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, and Montgomery County Government Agencies through a collaborative effort have joined together to offer Project Search. This ground-breaking program provides High School Seniors, with disabilities, the opportunity to complete their senior year in a workplace environment, as an Intern with area employers. The program offers every Intern on the job training in various workplace environments. Interns complete a 10 week rotation exploring different vocations. Vocational and social skills are acquired through meetings with other interns, as well as, through real work experience.
The 2012 -2013 school year was the inaugural year for Project Search. Interns, Teachers, Job Coaches and Department Personnel from Veteran’s Plaza, have worked diligently to make the first year a huge success. The Interns have acquired real life work experience to assist them with the transition from school to the world of work. The 2013 – 2014 School Year will open the doors to employment for many more High School Seniors, through this innovative program.
Progressive Direction Inc. host an unforgettable Christmas celebration for clients with special needs
Every Christmas for over 35 years Progressive Directions, Inc. and our local community partners have together, a month of holiday celebrations into one fun-filled day. This annual party is intended for program participants served through the many programs offered by Progressive Directions. 2012‘s event provided yet another fantastic day filled of Christmas enjoyment.
The event was held at the Hilldale United Methodist Church beginning at 10:30 am with festive music and dancing. Individuals served by PDI, as well as their families, were invited to attend the event. PDI employees kicked off the event with a comedic holiday performance of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. Awards for dedicated community partners, PDI business partnerships’ awards, and awards earned by program participants were then given. The distinguish honors for Supported Employment Employee of the year went to Mr. Jerremy Stubblefield and the PDI Employee of the Year Award honored Mr. LeRoy Parks.
Afterward a traditional Christmas dinner was served and provided a time to sit and visit with friends and family. After dessert, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even The big hearted Grinch stopped by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Wrapping up the party PDI and Clarksville Civitan distributed over 100 donated gifts so each person received a present from under the tree.
“This is our one day as a big family to enjoy each others’ company; we are not at work we are celebrating Christmas together. It’s a big event and one that I personally, look forward to each year, making sure this day is exciting and fun for everyone.”
Stated, Executive Director, Jay Albertia
PDI would like to say a special thank you to the Clarksville Civitan and Hilldale United Methodist Church for all they do to make the PDI Christmas Party better each year!
PDI is now on
Helping others is the lesson this season at Kids Depot
In addition to traditional lessons taught during the holidays’ Kids Depot is offering a tangible approach to promoting compassion and community involvement. The “Care Center” kicked off the first of many activities designed to focus on the true meaning of the upcoming Christmas Season. Beginning in November and running through December 15th Kids Depot has been designated as an official drop off location for Toys for Tots. All donations of new unwrapped toys will be distributed to families in need in the Clarksville, Montgomery County, and Ft. Campbell areas.
In the spirit of good competition, each classroom is involved in a contest to collect the most toys for this amazing program. Supporters’ wishing to donate should drop off a new, unwrapped toy to Kids Depot located in Sango Village Monday through Friday 6:00am until 6:00pm.
“We are encouraging each child to focus on helping others in understanding the true meaning of the holiday spirit and what better example than children helping children.”
,Joy Mai, Kids Depot Child Care Director
About Toys For Tots
Former and retired Marines have collected Toys for kids since 1948.
The Marine Corps League Detachment 603 organize each year to collect for Toys for Tots, then distribute to children in need for the city of Clarksville TN., Montgomery County and Ft Campbell,KY. If you would like to make a donation of a toy or monetary, please contact Toysfortots.ORG
About Kids Depot Child Care Center
Established in 1999, Kids Depot is a state licensed facility currently serving 185 children ages 6weeks to 12years. In 2008 we exceeded the state of TN 3 Star Rating program and are now approved and monitored by the TN Dept. of Education.
On Wednesday August 29th Clarksville Civitan Club Chapter 76 invited Progressive Directions, Inc. and Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League to accept donations in support of the nonprofit programs offered to those with special needs.
Clarksville Civitan Member Mr. LeRoy Parks presented donations from proceeds of the club’s annual Vidalia Onion sales. Each spring for many years the Clarksville Civitan Club has their annual Vidalia onion sales. A ten-pound bag of fresh Vidalia onions is $10.00. The proceeds from these sales benefit The Civitan International Research Center, Progressive Directions, Inc. and Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League. This has become an anticipated event since 2008. Mr. LeRoy Parks has been the key person responsible for heading this operation but relies on each Civitan member for support.
“After review of community giving from our organization of this past year, it had become apparent that our club had raised more than we initially planned and when we met to talk about the needs of our community it was unanimous to give to our much-loved folks at PDI and Buddy Ball.” Said Clarksville Civitan President Tom Nebel at Wednesdays’ presentation
During the Civitan presentation Progressive Directions, Inc. Executive Director Jay Albertia accepted the donations on behalf of PDI and Buddy Ball, expressing to the organization members his appreciation and gratitude for the overwhelming support from Civitan.
“Progressive Directions and Buddy Ball applies these funds in support of our many wonderful programs. It is through community partnerships such as with Clarksville Civitan that allows Progressive Directions and Buddy Ball to provide a variety of opportunities that they might not find else
where.” Stated Mr. Jay Albertia, PDI Executive Director
Information on the Clarksville Civitan Chapter 76
Chartered in June of 1922 as the 76th club in Civitan International, the Clarksville Civitan Club has always met as a weekly luncheon club in the downtown area of Clarksville, Tennessee. The Clarksville Civitan Club is a service organization located in beautiful downtown
Clarksville, Tennessee. Under Civitan International & The Valley District, the club is 89 members strong. Club members perform many service & fundraising projects benefiting the local community as well as Civitan International. The main projects are the sponsorship of Boy Scout Troop 514, providing four scholarships to Austin Peay State University & The Citizenship Award, and the sponsorship of four Junior Civitan clubs in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System. We also support Progressive Directions, Inc. by hosting monthly birthday parties and a great Christmas party at the special adult day Center. Civitan Candy Boxes placed in businesses and annual Vidalia onion sales benefit the Civitan International Research Center for Developmental Disabilities and Buddy Ball Special Needs
During a time when most civic organizations are forced to revaluate annual support to local charities, the Hilldale Civitan organization has made it top priority to continue giving.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 during their monthly meeting the Hilldale Civitan made much-needed donations to Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic Program, Montgomery County EMS, Safehouse Domestic Violence Program, and Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center. The contributions will help accomplish many public purposes such as providing opportunities’ for those with special needs, assisting persons needing emergency services, aid in stopping domestic violence, and bring hope and healing to many children. Donations were presented to each organization during the meeting, allowing time for each recipient to discuss their mission and answer questions from group members and guests.
Primary funding for support through Hilldale Civitan is made available by hosting the Annual Tennessee Fiddlers Championship which will celebrate its 39th year in 2013. This event is held each year in March at Rossview High and is the major fundraising event for the group. Also, during the meeting it was announced that long time Hilldale Civitan member and Treasurer, Mr. L.C. Cathy would be resigning his post as member and officer before the New Year as he plans to move closer to family. Mr. Cathy has been a member of Hilldale Civitan for more than a decade, leading projects and events continually sharing and illustrating the Civitan Mission.
“Hilldale Civitan is honored to be able to help those in our community. Just like any business or organization we are feeling the influence of the economy. However, our members truly believe in the Civitan Mission and know the lasting value of positively affecting someone’s life. We are dedicated to this goal in the hopes that our beliefs will continue for many years. ” Stated Hilldale Civitan Club President Jimmy Heaton during Tuesdays presentation.
hilldalecivitan.orgTN Fiddlers Championship
Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League
Montgomery County EMS
Montgomery Co. Child Advocacy
Progressive Directions, Inc. program participants, employees and community members gathered for the annual Teddy McGovern Summer Picnic at the Eagles Rest pavilion on Friday June 8th. Mr. McGovern and several community supporters provided food, refreshments, and most importantly a day focused on fun. This annual event is the pinnacle of summertime fun for everyone who attends.
During this year’s picnic everyone enjoyed games, refreshments, and dancing while waiting impatiently for the much anticipated water balloon war to begin. This is a well known part of the annual picnic and all come armed with water weaponry, this year adding a 100 gallon water trough filled to the brim with water balloons. This particular aspect of the annual picnic has become synonymous with Progressive Directions executive director Jay Albertia, who has always promoted this all out water battle.
“This is a day in which we have no worries, no doctor’s appointments, no disabilities, concentrating on having a great time!”, PDI, Executive Director, Jay Albertia
Mr. McGovern began the picnic in the early 70’s as a way to offer a day directed only on the joy in life. He has continued this devotion making the summer picnic a staple within the special needs community. It has increased in attendance and enjoyment each year, creating memories to last through until the next year.
Improving the Lives of individuals served by:
Promoting a sense of PRIDE in themselves
Developing DIGNITY in accomplishing goals set and achieved
Increasing INDEPENDENCE through daily living