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County Hosts Eighth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day

Avalon Community Hall was the site of the county’s Eighth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day Nov. 5. Peter Gilson of Woodbine takes Patrick O’Connor of Court House to see various exhibits. Music was provided by Cape May County String Band.

By Al Campbell

AVALON – A highlight of the county’s Eighth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day Nov. 5 was the presentation of 2016 Frank Unkle Outstanding Service Awards. 
The event was held at Avalon Community Hall attended by several hundred.
Individual Award
Recipient of this year’s individual award was Alex Price. He takes a personal interest in helping disabled individuals who have mental health issues find permanent housing. He does what he can to help his clients. He has delivered documents, made appointments and driven clients to see various apartments.
Price does not stop until he finds help for clients, and has shown great understanding and patience.
“He is an inspiration and goes above and beyond for the disabled population,” according to the award.
Organization Award
The Regional Family Support Planning Council No. 10 of Cape May County was the group that received the organization award. Accepting on behalf of the group was Anne Borger, chair.
It is a volunteer group made up of families of people with developmental disabilities.
Its role is multi-fold as it serves as a resource for families to exchange information about available services. Thus, it creates a support system.
The council also advocated for much-needed services for families and individuals on local and state levels.
Council members are familiar with government agencies that provide support and can help those in need to work their way through the system.
It was termed the “go-to” organization for many families seeking information about resources available for persons with disabilities.
Music for the event was provided by the Cape May County String Band.

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