The Second Annual Summer Series fundraising events, orchestrated by PYD’s Managing Director Dean Bragonier, launched in July for with another wildly successful Summer House concert in Nantucket featuring Sally Taylor and Seth & Josh Larson of Something Underground. On a misty July 13th evening, Sally and the brothers had all of The Summer House’s Beachside Bistro on their feet and singing along to the artists’ original songs and classics by Tom Petty and Carly Simon.
Want a full recap? Read the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror front page article (photo shown above), the Mahon About Town Summer House Concert Feature and photos (shown below), or check out this blog post from The Nantucket blACKbook for highlights from the night. Nantucket couldn’t have been a more gracious host to PYD, and we’re already looking forward to next summer’s festivities.
Ambassador Greg Getchell is highlighted this month in the Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety (AVS) Employees Newsletter for his involvement with Partners for Youth with Disabilities and the Naukabout Music Festival. Check out the article to hear about Greg’s experience with Naukabout.
We invite you to join Partners for Youth with Disabilities and the Rodman Ride for Kids as we strive to continue serving youth in Greater Boston community. Please consider supporting Team PYD as we bike 25 miles to raise awareness and funds for PYD in the 23rd annual Rodman Ride for Kids in Foxborough, MA.
The Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity for social service agencies that support at-risk children in Massachusetts. The Ride serves as a catalyst by providing over 48 agencies an opportunity to raise funds through this event. PYD’s opportunity to participate in the Rodman Ride is thanks to Mass Mentoring Partnership, the state’s umbrella organization for youth mentorship.
If you live in the greater Boston area and have a disability, you should mark your calendar for the weekend of September 20th to 22nd. On that weekend, the Abilities Expo will be at the Boston Convention Center in South Boston, and it promises to be an event you don’t want to miss.
If you’re not familiar with it, the Abilities Expo is a traveling exposition that, in their own words, “…[is] dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, senior citizens, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and professional therapists.” Local organizations will be there to highlight their services and products, and there will be numerous events and activities catering to people with all different types of disabilities.
In short, the Abilities Expo is a giant, free, resource-and-workshop-full festival for people with disabilities. And did we mention it’s free?
It’s been a busy, busy summer here at Partners! Our Young Entrepreneurs Project served a record number of participants at their summer job workshops, and our Mentor Match program held their first-ever Field Day event for matches.
And on top of all that, we’ve also had the pleasure of welcoming four new staff members! The P.Y.D. family continues to grow, and we couldn’t be more happy to have them join our team.