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Easterseals Brighter Futures Celebration a night of #BreakthroughMoments

Brighter Futures LogoOur 2019 Brighter Futures Celebration was one extraordinary evening! What a wonderful way to celebrate more than 7,000 people who turned to Easterseals last year to find their #BreakthroughMoments on the journey to employment. It was also a celebration of 100 Years of Easterseals – founded in Ohio back in 1919.

More than 600 people joined us for the 2019 Brighter Futures Celebration. That’s nearly as many people who found their #BreakthroughMoments last year at Easterseals and became employed. Together, those 630 newly-employed individuals are making nearly $11 million in earnings! That’s $11 million being reinvested back into local businesses and our community.

We set a goal to raise $50,000 at the Brighter Futures Celebration to fund our mission so we can create even more #BreakthroughMoments in 2020. Here’s where something really magical happened...

In a few short minutes, we ended up raising $93,000!!! It was a humbling moment to see so many people stand up and join our mission to prepare more people for meaningful employment.

If we can get 70 people to give $100 or more by Thanksgiving, we could hit the $100,000 mark!

What an incredible way to be the part of positive change in Cincinnati and celebrate 100 Years of Easterseals!!

Meet our 2019 Brighter Futures Honorees

Juan Pacheco  |  Independence Award

Juan is a Marine veteran who lost his job and home nearly overnight – through no fault of his own. Easterseals Military & Veteran Services worked closely with Juan to secure housing, reliable transportation, and stable employment through United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Juan is completing training for a new career in information technology and computer networking.

Yalonda Render  |   Spirit of Easterseals Award

A mother of two who left an abusive relationship and restarted her life in Cincinnati. She had to turn to public assistance to care for her children. Through Easterseals Prosperity for All program, she was able to launch a new career as part of the Cincinnati Children’s phlebotomy team.

Nathan Tshiboyi  |  Upward Mobility Award

Born in Belgium, Nathan wasn’t developing at the same rate as his peers. They were even told he wasn’t a good fit for his school because of his disability. It wasn’t until moving to America that his parents received a diagnosis for Nathan:  autism. Through Easterseals programs in Butler County that include Project SEARCH, Work & Grow, and employment services, Nathan’s parents started seeing dramatic changes in his communication, behavior, and employment skills. Today, Nathan works as a valued member of the assembly team at Tennant Packaging Corporation.



Greater Cincinnati has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, with ONE in FOUR people living below the poverty line. That includes:

Easterseals believes the best way to fight poverty is through employment – and that EVERYONE has something unique to bring to the workforce.

To those who gave at the Brighter Futures Celebration – THANK YOU!

There’s still time to be the Breakthrough Moment for someone like Nathan. Can YOU be the one to get us to $100,000?

If we can get 70 people to give $100 or more by Thanksgiving, we could hit the $100,000 mark!

What an incredible way to be the part of positive change in Cincinnati and celebrate 100 Years of Easterseals!!

Angela Williams, President & CEO of Easterseals National, Peter Bloch, former President & CEO of Jewish Vocational Services, Lisa FitzGibbon, former President & CEO of the Work Resource Center, and Pam Green, President & CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, join in a toast to 100 Years of Easterseals. Angela Williams, President & CEO of Easterseals National, Peter Bloch, former President & CEO of Jewish Vocational Services, Lisa FitzGibbon, former President & CEO of the Work Resource Center, and Pam Green, President & CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, join in a toast to 100 Years of Easterseals.
Actor and comedian Nic Novicki emceed this year's Brighter Futures Celebration. Nic founded the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge which gives film makers the opportunity to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms. Actor and comedian Nic Novicki emceed this year's Brighter Futures Celebration. Nic founded the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge which gives film makers the opportunity to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.
Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health and Easterseals Board member, presents veteran Juan Pacheco with the Independence Award. Juan worked with Military & Veteran Services when he lost his home and job. He has worked two years for the United Way while pursuing a new career in computer networking. Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health and Easterseals Board member, presents veteran Juan Pacheco with the Independence Award. Juan worked with Military & Veteran Services when he lost his home and job. He has worked two years for the United Way while pursuing a new career in computer networking.
Yalonda Render accepts the Spirit of Easterseals Award, presented by Easterseals National President Angela Williams (left) and Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati Board member Jessica Rappaport (right). Yalonda went through Easterseals' Prosperity for All and now has a career as a phlebotomist with Cincinnati Children's. Yalonda Render accepts the Spirit of Easterseals Award, presented by Easterseals National President Angela Williams (left) and Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati Board member Jessica Rappaport (right). Yalonda went through Easterseals' Prosperity for All and now has a career as a phlebotomist with Cincinnati Children's.
Nathan Tshiboyi accepts the Upward Mobility Award. Nathan received job training through several Easterseals programs in Butler County and now works as an assembler with Tennant Packaging Corporation. Nathan Tshiboyi accepts the Upward Mobility Award. Nathan received job training through several Easterseals programs in Butler County and now works as an assembler with Tennant Packaging Corporation.
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