Let’s be thankful for February

Let me just say that February was an awesome month. Yes, I know it is the month of love with Valentine’s Day and all, but this year we had some special moments for our work to help movement disability.

Let’s start with the Grammy’s and Stevie Wonder’s great joke “You can’t read it, you can’t read braille. Nananananana.” This was such a fun and strong request for equality. Everything should be accessible for everyone. The best part of Wonder’s joke was that it caused such a roar in the media, drawing attention of billions for the plea of understanding disabled people. We have to recognize the challenges that the disabled face on a daily basis and should not ever forget that basic tasks are not basic for everyone. And the Grammy’s was definitely a great place to bring that light to the world. Read More on Hollywood Life.

And after the Grammy’s we got this awesome new clothing line by Tommy Hilfiger that is easier to dress and use for children with movement disability. Definitely a great thing for some of our POPS Kids! Check out the shop. According to the brand’s website, the line is “a very special collection addressing the challenges the differently-abled community faces each day when getting dressed.” It was developed by Mindy Scheier in partnership with the Non-profit Runway of Dreams.

And New York Fashion week is taking a great step forward by having an entire catwalk of models with disabilities. The pictures are stunning. Daily Mail UK made an excellent article here. Hopefully Tommy Hilfiger can make that suit set soon!

 

Models took to the catwalk in wheelchairs at FTL Moda's AW15 show

Sky Ranch Foundation gives thanks for the holiday season!

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December 1 2015 –

Every day, countless citizens volunteer their time and effort assisting those in need. At this time of the year, it is especially time to give thanks to those worthy charitable organizations and their staff and volunteers, who unselfishly and often thanklessly devote their time. We therefore wish to recognize and thank the Foundation Executive Committee, Senior Advisory Committee and Directors of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠, all in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, for their years of dedicated service toward assisting in giving at-risk youth a second chance. Foundation grants total well over $1 million to-date.

Executive Committee of the Board and Vice Presidents: Peggy Donovan, Secretary (retired-Wirtz Beverage Group), Mike Donohoe, (retired-Jim Beam Distilling), Barry Becton, DIAGEO, John Bodnovich, American Beverage Licensees and Bill Slone, Beverage Media Group.

George Suttles, Foundation Officer and Dori Bryant, Director of Partnership Development earn our thanks as well.
Senior Advisory Committee members: Steve Bellini, Sidney Frank Importing Co., Dr. Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS), Bill Earle, National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI), Raymond R. Herrmann, Jr., Charmer-Sunbelt Group, Gerry Ruvo, Campari America and Craig Wolf, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Directors: Tim Condron, Agave Loco, Donna Hood Crecca, Technomic Inc., Don Pydo, Wirtz Beverage Group, Aura Reinhardt, Bacardi, Jack Shea, Pernod Ricard USA, Jody Slone-Spitalnik, Beverage Media Group and Suzanne Riga, Greens Beverages (retired).

We encourage everyone to get involved and to lend support to Sky Ranch Foundation and the recipients of 2015 grants:

Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud, SD

Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy, NY

Boys and Girls Haven, KY

Pacific Lodge Youth Services, CA

Peninsula Outreach Programs Inc. Conductive Education Centers of California (POPS Kids), CA

Club for Boys Foundation, SD

Red Hook Initiative, NY

‘sacred’ Sexually Abused Children Relief Endeavor, KS

SOS Childrens’ Villages, IL

Urban Initiatives, IL

Wounded Warriors Family Support, NE (in association with DISCUS)

 

With your support, know that countless young adults are enjoying the Holidays!

 

George F. McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

 

About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,117,394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth.

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is governed by a board of directors comprised mainly of active and retired members of the beverage alcohol industry. The Foundation’s ℠ funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment for at-risk youth. www.skyranchfoundation.org ℠

Happy STEPtember

Thank you so much for extraordinary support of the steps taken for BOOST through STEPtember. Team BOOST raised $6,885 with online and offline donations. I stepped with Sam’s mom (Isis), Joseph’s mom (Crystal), and Royce’s mom (Jennifer) and together we raised funds and awareness for BOOST and UCP of the North Bay. — Katie



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UCPNB STEPtember!

41,802,141 Steps in STEPtember!

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Part of UCP’s Commitment to Wellness, STEPtember challenges people worldwide to take 10,000 steps per day while raising funds – and awareness – for people with disabilities.

Thank you to our corporate Partner Summit State Bank for helping UCP of the North Bay to take over 41 million steps during the month of STEPtember! Summit State Bank sponsored 14 teams representing branches from Petaluma to Cloverdale. Together we raised over $11,000 for people with disabilities in our community. Here is UCP of the North Bay employees Kim, thanking Summit team members Melissa, Charlene, and Lily.

Get Your Groove on at the CECO Social!


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Register to attend the Conductive Education Center of Orlando’s event on November 5: http://ceco.org/Events/CECOSocial.aspx

From the team at CECO,

“Since 2001, CECO has been providing hope for families that have been searching for the place where the impossible IS possible. CECO offers a special needs school day kindergarten through 12th grade, summer camp, early intervention ages 6 months to 4 years old and walking challenge program.

Conductive Education is a unique, holistic educational approach to help children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence through physical and cognitive activities.

We welcome families and our community friends to stop by and tour our facility…see how hard the children work on a daily basis to obtain their greatest potential.”

Just a month ago, Patrick continued to rely on the support of his canes to walk. Now look at him go! With your support, we can make the impossible, possible! Watch this great video of Patrick walking.

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Boost Camp Graduation

The two BOOST Conductive Education winners are Sina Logoai, who did a lovely graduation Hawaiian dance with her sisters, and Lucas Stisher. A very big congratulations to our two reward recipients at the “Life without Limits” awards night. Wishing these bright stars an even brighter future!

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Here we have received such a cute video put together by Nicki Miller featuring Boost Camp! It will just bring you to tears; adorable!

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Welcome to our new board members!

Please join Peninsula Outreach Programs, Inc. in welcoming our two newest Board Members:

Jon Guy

guy 31 shari flemingJon Guy is a long time corporate finance executive with General Mills.  During the past fifteen years he has held several leadership positions in social service fundraising and most recently was Major Gifts Officer for the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

 


Tanya Ariana Bendis

Tanya graduated from the University of California, Irvine Magna Cum Laude and continued her career in dance and PR at Mystic Ballet. She is passionate about movement and dance, and looks forward to working with POPS Kids to help children with movement disabilities succeed, grow, and learn. Tanya will be our new director of PR and Web.

A story about Molly

July 22, 2010

Molly Millan, the little girl who inspired and propelled Peninsula Outreach Programs Inc. into being and is the reason for the creation of Conductive Education Programs in the nineties.

I first met Molly Millan on September 22nd, 1993, and on that day my life was changed forever. In one moment – as I looked into her eyes – I knew what it was I had to do. Nothing could be the same – not for Molly or me, or our families – or the thousands of children who came after her.
At the age of three Molly became the first child to be sent to Conductive Education by Peninsula Outreach Programs, Inc. It was because of her father’s tenacity and POPS, Inc. that, eventually, small Conductive Education pilot programs began springing up. Soon they were to become full time, year round Conductive Education Centers and programs. Today, many of the small CE programs we “umbrella” have gone on to become private schools and independent “501” organizations.
We are so proud of every dedicated Conductor who came to us from Hungary, each person involved in the advancement of Conductive Education, and all the children and parents that have come through the programs. They worked hard to achieve the personal best of each child and we congratulate the many kids who have gone on to join their peers in public schools.
Molly has now completed her Conductive Education and is a strong 2nd grader, who’s classmates adore her. She adores swimming, going to summer camp, and loves Disney World and Pizza. She is a very happy young lady who loves a good laugh and a good time. She is also bright, charming and strong willed, and gets great grades. She continues to benefit from the Family Assistance Program – her needs will always be special and she will always require some kind of assisted living – but the quality of her life and the life of her parents has improved immeasurably with the help of Peninsula Outreach Programs Inc. and the Family Assistance Program.
Thank you Molly for inspiring me – back then and now. Thank you for reminding me of the things that really matter; improving lives, sharing the gifts we are given and to always, always FOLLOW YOUR HEART! When you follow your heart you will always do the right thing! Thank you for showing me the way – one step, one child, one program at a time. It is good to know I am not in this alone!

Ursula Miller

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