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By: Cape Abilities  11-11-2011
Keywords: employment, Life skills, disabilities

Cape Abilities held its 43rd Annual Meeting at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Bass River. Tom La Tanzi, Board Chairman presided over the business meeting. Beth Patkoske, Paul Zuest, and Nancy Lowery were voted in as new members of the Board of Directors. Shaw's Supermarkets in Orleans and South Yarmouth received the Business Partnership Award. The South Yarmouth store has employed David Connelly for over 29 years, and the store in Orleans has employed Eric Hussey for close to 13 years. Ann Mell and Freida White received the Helen Risch Staff Achievement Award. Robert Jacobson received the Harold Russell Volunteer Award. Bernyce Donalson, Director of Production and Safety recognized 19 individuals in our organization that have had continual employment in local businesses throughout Cape Cod and with a US Government contract at Coast Guard Station Cape Cod at Otis. Jamie Devlin, a participant in the Life Skills program in Eastham spoke elequently about his experiences at Cape Abilities and his home town of Wellfleet. It was a wonderful evening.

Cape Abilities recently held their annual picnic at Flax Pond in Yarmouth. Everyone had a great time and the food was delicious. The attendees included staff from the Cape Abilities offices in Eastham, Hyannis, and Falmouth and individuals from our work and day habilitiation programs. People from our various residential programs also came, and brought along some very tasty salads and desserts as well. A terrific time was had by all, and as the sun was setting, everyone was sad to leave.

Fall is here, and the farm crews from Cape Abilities farm have been very busy harvesting the fall crops and getting ready for the change in seasons. Our farm stand at 458 Main Street, Route 6 A in Dennis is open daily from 10-6 PM. Stop by for all your fall plants, pumpkins, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Cape Abilities farm provides paid employment for 40 individuals with disabilities in all aspects of farm management.

This week is the last delivery week for the Welcome to Cape Cod beach buckets. This summer the people at Cape Abilities assembled and delivered close to 30,000 beach buckets to families vacationing on Cape Cod. The delivery crews were out and about Cape Cod 5 days a week, and they logged close to 4,000 miles in their travels. During the season, we deliver the beach buckets to over 100 realtor offices throughout Cape Cod. We also have 50 national and local sponsors who advertise with us, and an additional 44 local restaurants that are in our Restaurant guides. As the season comes to an end, we would like to thank all the realtors and businesses that worked with us this summer. Your support of Welcome to Cape Cod has provided paid employment to 70 individuals with disabilities. We all look forward to working with you again next year.

After finishing their games, the players relaxed with cocktails and hors d'eouvres while the scores were tallied. There was a silent auction featuring rounds of golf on various Cape Cod courses, gift certificates from local restaurants, and other goodies. The prize presentation was followed by a delicious dinner. Everyone had a great day at Willowbend.

The 10th Annual Fall Harvest Golf Tournament was held on Monday at the beautiful Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. The proceeds from this tournament benefit people with disabilities on Cape Cod.  Many thanks to our sponsors Cape Cod Broadcasting, BackOffice Associates, SBLI, La Tanzi,Spaulding & Landreth, P.C., Cape Cod 5, and Falmouth Toyota.  Many thanks also to all the golfers and teams who participated, as well as our dedicated volunteers and the talented staff at Willowbend. It was a perfect sunny fall day.   Peter Abraham

Keywords: Annual Picnic, Business Partnership, Coast Guard, disabilities, employment, Life skills, Life Skills Program, Residential Programs, Salads And Desserts, Skills Program,