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Annual Awards Reception Will Salute Leaders And Bring the Community Together June 11

By Brewster Thackeray, ECNV Executive Director 

Last year's ECNV Annual Awards Reception was a highlight of my first year with ECNV, and I'm glad we decided to massage the successful recipe in 2015. Seeing so many advocates and community members support independent living keeps the energy of our movement and our office going. This year's event is going to be one to remember. We are celebrating three important disability milestones: the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 30th Anniversary of the Virginians with Disabilities Act, and the 50th Anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To top it all off, we are honored to have Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller accept the ECNV Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of service representing the disability community.  

We are also pleased to be presenting two additional awards this year. The new ECNV Model of Independence Award will be presented to Diana Urquiza, an ECNV mentee who personifies the independent living mission. With a lot of perseverance and guidance from ECNV Peer Mentor Alexa Mavroidis, Diana moved out of a nursing home and is now living independently in Falls Church. Diana also performed at our Home for the Holidays Reception and spoke on ECNV's behalf during our ADA Tour event.
ECNV will present our Business Partner Award to P.F. Chang's Arlington. The restaurant and its operating partner Tony Bass are being saluted for innovative and ongoing support of ECNV over the past year. Not only did they donate food for hundreds of people for the ECNV Home for the Holidays Reception and the ADA Legacy Tour, they also are sponsoring this event as ECNV Friends and with silent auction gift certificates. ECNV is grateful for P.F. Chang's support – and for the role model of community outreach they provide for other businesses.

The Clarendon Ballroom is a historic and beautiful location to celebrate the three disability milestones this year. Guests will also enjoy live music from Abby Nightingale, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a live auction. We have some incredible items up for bid including American Airlines miles, hotel stays, Washington Nationals Tickets, original artwork, sports and music memorabilia, and much more!

We are grateful to our sponsors – here's a link to the current list –who help us continue our work of empowering people with disabilities to live independently. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website at, or call us at (703) 525-3268.

Remember to purchase you tickets before the event! This event may sell out and we want to know who is coming so we can send you our silent auction catalog in advance.

We look forward to celebrating our independence with you on June 11th!  

The ECNV Annual Awards Reception will take place Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Please purchase your tickets here.