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Third Annual Silver Strands Celebration

Rachel Heinz, Director of MSU's Bear POWER to be honored at event

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:00 am

This year’s Silver Strands Celebration will honor Rachel Heinz in appreciation for her work to raise awareness about inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in our community. The celebration will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Hickory Hills Country Club. Proceeds benefit Friends of Abilities First. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:00pm.  Dinner at 7:00 pm.  Tickets available at www.abilitiesfirst.net/silverstrands.  Seating is limited.


Rachel Heinz is the Director of Missouri State University’s Bear POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Work, Education and Resilience), an inclusive college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


This year’s event will also honor the memory of Monty Montgomery, former member of the Abilities First Board of Directors, with the establishment of the “Monty Montgomery Spirit of Inclusion Award.” Monty was a long-time supporter of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in the Springfield community. 


Silver Strands Celebration honors citizens who have made a positive impact on our community for people with developmental disabilities. Proceeds benefit Friends of Abilities First, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists with needs and expenses incurred by people with developmental disabilities in our community.