On Thursday, October 26, Echoing Hills’ last 50th anniversary event was celebrated, this time in Southwest Ohio. The Shaw Gothic Cloister at the Dayton Art Institute was the perfect location to wrap-up our local celebrations. The clear, glass ceiling overhead reflected the lights strung in the rafters as the live band played. Guests mingled throughout the hall and the open galleries of the art institute, browsing the art, enjoying the appetizers, and viewing the Echoing Hills displays.
The emcee for the evening, Bill Nance of Faith and Friends Radio, welcomed guests and kicked off the event. As part of the evening, our featured guest, Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman trophy winner, offered an autographed football to the highest bidder.
After dinner, Buddy Busch spoke and interspersed his story with some of the best of the vignettes we had created. They made us laugh, they made us smile, and they made us tear up. Cecelia, an individual with disabilities who lives in a waiver home in Dayton, spoke in one of the vignettes about how much the move into her own space has changed her life. She’s now living in an environment that doesn’t just look like a home, but is a home, where her needs are met first.
Our guest speaker for the event, Archie Griffin, held the audience spellbound. Whether or not you were a football fan, his stories about his life the way he’d achieved his dreams were relevant and engaging. Thank you, Archie Griffin, for joining us and for sharing from your heart!
Over the course of four months, we celebrated 50 years of Inspiring Hope and Celebrating Life. We were blessed by special speakers, by foreign guests, and by tremendous outpourings of support from our community. We want to thank everyone who was involved – guest, sponsors, and staff alike. Without you, our celebration of 50 years would not have been the same.
As we move into the next fifty years, we know there is much to look forward to. There are countless opportunities to grow and continue to provide exemplary care to individuals with disabilities, while continuing on in our purpose and mission…to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to know and experience Jesus Christ.