Vinfen CT held their 5th Annual Celebration of Families on Tuesday, May 30 at the Pond House at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT.
CT Family Advisory Council member Lisa Ellis opened the event by providing welcoming remarks and introducing Master of Ceremonies and Emmy Award Winning Sportscaster John Holt. Vinfen President and CEO Bruce Bird and Family Advisory Council Members Linda and Bill Lamy also welcomed guests. Following their remarks, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jordan Scheff also spoke at the event, followed by artists, advocates, and athletes Terrance Henderson and Angel Valdes.
Guests were treated to a keynote address by Dave Stevens. Dave was born without legs. In those years before adaptive sports, Stevens played able bodied sports and became a pioneer in his home state of Arizona. After high school, Stevens was awarded an athletic scholarship to Augsburg College in Minnesota, where he became the only legless player in college football history, eventually leading to a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys. Off the field, Dave enjoyed 30+ years in sports broadcasting, with duties ranging from reporter, to video editor, to producer. He now spends much of his time as a board member for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Team.
After the keynote, guests enjoyed a buffet dinner before the award ceremony, where Vinfen CT Job Coach Sherena Lumpkin received an Employee Award and Miss Lisa King was honored with a Family & Community Partnership Award.
A special thank you to event sponsors Suburban Pharmacy, Raffia Road Service Center, and Geriatric Medical. Other event supporters included Dr. Mark J Hauser, MD, Donna Webber, APRN LLC, Century 21 Allpoints Realty, Parkerville Wood Products, Environment 1st Pest Management, New England Management, AAA Electric Service, Comtrust Federal Credit Union, and Brothers Oil Company. Vinfen CT would also like to thank Lisa Ellis, Louis Chala, the McNeff Family, Lydia Lamy, Melissa Stratton Villamaino, Janet Heim, and Mac Brothers Gourmet Food for provided prizes for the event.
To learn more about the Vinfen CT Family Advisory Council, visit https://vinfenct.org/get-involved/family-advisory-council/.