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On Saturday, May 13, more than 200 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Downtown to raise money to support Starbridge and celebrate the good work done by our 2017 Community Award recipients.

Award winners 106Several of the award winners spoke about the importance of collaboration and acknowledged others who supported them along the way. All of the speeches shared the themes of continued hope for change and a future in which every person is supported and included. Don Alhart of 13 WHAM-TV served as emcee, and we thank him for donating his time and talents in support of our event.

During the presentation, Starbridge launched its newest video to highlight the personal stories of people who have come to our agency for help with education, employment, and living independently. You can see the video "Sometimes Life Has Other Plans" here – http://www.starbridgeinc.org/news-events/video-stories

Tony Hiler and Watercolors Contemporary Jazz Band provided musical entertainment. The silent auction offered art from local artists, recreation, sports, and entertainment packages. Two lucky people pulled the $100 bottles of wine from the 75 bottles available at the wine pull. Thank you to all the donors who contributed to the auction and wine pull.

Thanks to the support of corporate and private sponsors, and event guests, our agency raised more than $18,000. Funds raised this night will support Starbridge's programs to connect people with the hope and the how. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s event a success!

Click here to view the 2017 Celebration photo gallery