The Arc of Ohio-Stark County will be awarding Roxanne Schnabel the Betty Ebert Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that is given to recognize a lifetime of outstanding effort in making a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This award is presented to those who, like Betty, a founder of the Arc and an exemplary advocate for people with I/DD, have dedicated their lives to serving and bettering the lives of individuals with disabilities. Roxanne Schnabel has provided over twenty years of service, program development and guidance for individuals and families both on the professional and personal level. A fellow dedicated volunteer, Beth Miles, says:
If you say down and listed all of Roxanne’s accolades on one piece of paper–from her time as a Board Member of the Arc to her service on the Board for Pegasus Farm to her instrumental help in creating programs for individuals with DD, such as the Hand Prints Choir and a competitive swimming program called Stark Sharks–you would definitely run out of room. Roxanne has not only been an amazing asset to the Arc but has been a major contributor to the new direction of GentleBrook as well. While Roxanne’s professional career has been dedicated to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so has her personal life. Though she has a typical child, Roxanne adopted two children with different abilities, a son with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and a daughter with Down Syndrome, and has used her personal experiences to provide guidance for other families. Roxanne is, and always has been, a very vocal advocate for individuals with DD. She is a true champion for individuals with DD here in Stark County and her service has been invaluable!”
Roxanne will be presented with The Betty Ebert Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arc’s 49th Annual Awareness Dinner on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at La Pizzaria. The Awareness Dinner is an awards ceremony and awareness event that celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which is nationally recognized in March. The event also features a keynote presentation, which will be delivered by Jonathan Kaufman, a professor, motivator and consultant for Fortune 500 and 100 companies on the merits of hiring individuals with disabilities and diversities. The Arc will also be presenting awards in the following categories: Volunteer of the Year, Professional of the Year, Employer of the Year, and Personal Achievement. The 49th Annual Awareness Dinner begins at 6:30 pm in La Pizzaria’s Crystal Room and is by reservation only. Tickets are $45 a piece or $320 for a table of eight.