Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Torchbearers Celebration

When & Where:
December 6, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Short program about 6:30 p.m.)
Arts Center of Mississippi, 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson
Ticket Price $40 per person
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            Mississippi’s Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities is hosting its annual party to celebrate another year of success and to celebrate a new slate of Torchbearer honorees. The Coalition’s Torchbearer Awards Celebration will again be at the Arts Center of Mississippi, 201 East Pascagoula Street, in Jackson, on December 6, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (Street-side and lot parking will be open for the event.)
The evening will feature music by Jackson’s very talented guitarist and entertainer, Patrick Harkins; food and drink, including great food by Fresh Cut Catering, La Brioche and others; the “Keep Building Jackson” Lego exhibit created by Scott Crawford; the VSA Mississippi annual art exhibit; and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person.
The Coalition’s event will celebrate the joint accomplishments of the Coalition and other disability related organizations, and will recognize a slate of advocates and friends, who are among the many who carry the torch for people with disabilities. This year’s awardees are: Christine Woodell of Ocean Springs, an Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act expert and consultant, who has been advocating for the rights for people with disabilities for three decades; Sephora Distribution Center in Olive Branch, an innovator in hiring people with disabilities; Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, that has partnered to help develop Sephora’s nationally recognized hiring initiative; Lex Wimberly, who operates an accessible transportation business in the Jackson Metro area; and the Mississippi Center for Justice, a legal advocacy organization that, through offices in Jackson, Biloxi and Indianola, provides legal representation for families of children with disabilities to protect their rights to an appropriate education.
“Our party is fast becoming a metro-area event that people start looking forward to this time of year. In addition to wonderful music, food, art and honorees, we will be celebrating the work of so many who carry the torch for people with disabilities,” said Pam Dollar, executive director of the Coalition. “The work of our many torchbearers, along with the money we raise through our celebration help, us make life better for Mississippians with disabilities, and for their families. This party makes a real difference for real people,” Dollar said.
Tickets can be purchased on-line at, or at the door.
The Coalition, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit state-wide cross-disability organization comprised of people with disabilities, family members, professionals and advocates. The Coalition works collaboratively to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for Mississippians with disabilities and to empower them to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.  The Coalition’s mantra is, “Opening Doors Together.” For more information call 601-969-0601.

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