Annual Dinner

Held every October, this event celebrates those we serve and recognizes them, our board members, employees, and outstanding community friends. We serve a dinner, raffle out prizes donated by community businesses, present awards and enjoy a video presentation of the year in review. We also conduct a brief annual meeting, voting in new members of the board.

The awards we present annually are:

Employer of the Year

Recognizes an employer for outstanding dedication, commitment and support in assisting persons with disabilities to access employment.

Distinguished Volunteer

Recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding volunteer support to persons served by Independence Association.

The Denise O’Leary Award /DSP of the Year

Awarded to an Independence Association Direct Support Professional, in recognition of excellence, commitment, and dedication in assisting people with disabilities to gain independence in their lives.

The James Pierce “Building Bridges” Award

Presented to an individual who exemplifies independence, self advocacy, community involvement, and overcoming barriers, achieving community inclusion.

The Charles & Frances Payne Award

Awarded to a community member for distinguished service to Independence Association in supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families.