Today, with an abundance of thanks to 50 possibility thinkers, The Ability Center reached another milestone. 50 donors, including; individuals, families, friends, corporations and community instituations from five different states have made 100 square feet of The Ability Center a reality. WOW! Stand up and take a bow as the crowd across the nation applauds your kindness, your generosity and your ability to believe in a dream and take action. These 50 donors have the distinct honor to stand on the top of a mountain and claim; "I am an original believer. I make dreams come true. My contribution will impact tens of thousands of lives affected by disABILITY. I made The Ability Center -- POSSIBLE."
As the dreamer, the Visionary-in-Chief of The Ability Center, I can never thank you enough for making a financial contribution to this vision, for believeing in me and The Ability Center, for being the first 50 members of the "100,000 Strong for Ability" community and for becoming a significant part of a movement that will bring countless new opportunities for people with disABILITIES to be fit, active, healthy and to "play" just as their able-bodied counterparts.
So -- Who are the courageous 50 donors who contributed to The Ability Center? Who are the believers? The movers & shakers? The possibility thinkers? We are proud to announce The Ability Center's first 50 heroes;
TAC's Perfect 10 Club - These believer's have donated $1,000 or ten square feet.
-Nathan & Katie Stading; Brookfield, WI (Nate is also a High School All Star)
-Ginna & David Goodenow; Garrett Park, MD
TAC's 5-Star Club - These believer's have donated $500 or five square feet.
-Coach B Fitness Club; Delafield, WI (also a part of the Fitness Club)
-Tom & Diane Klink; Grafton, WI, Dedication: "In honor of our son Sam Klink who is also a survivor of osteosarcoma."
-Brian & Sue Lanser; Wauwatosa, WI
TAC's Corporate Club - These are corporate donors who support The Ability Center.
-Harrigan Development Services; Milwaukee, WI, 2 square feet, Dedication: "For all the past, present & future clients of Harrigan Development Services affected by disABILITIES who inspire me every day."
-Briohn Building Corporation; Brookfield, WI, 1 square foot.
TAC's Community Club - These are community based institutions who support The Ability Center.
-Waukesha County Sheriff's Department; Waukesha, WI, 3 square feet, Dedication: "In honor of Travis Beckler & Keith Naber."
-Saint Veronica Congregation, Milwaukee, WI, 1 square foot.
TAC's Scholastic Heroes- These are the schools and students who support The Ability Center.
-Wisconsin Hills Middle School, 8th Grade Beta 2012, Brookfield, WI, 4 square feet.
-Walker Elementary School, Walker SAFE Kids Program 2012, West Allis, WI, 1 square foot.
TAC's Family Funders - These believer's have donated on behalf of their family members or children.
-Peter & Chelsea Budde; Waukesha, WI, 4 square feet.
-Robert & Mary Buhle; Valparaiso, IN, 3 square feet.
-Nicholas & Amber Stroud; Wauwatosa, WI, 2 square feet, Dedication: "In honor of Abram & Grant Stroud."
TAC's High School All-Star's - These believer's are former classmates of mine -- I am so humbled by their (& everyone's) generosity.
-Amy Morgan; Milwaukee, WI, 1 square foot.
-Dan Berlinski; Brookfield, WI, 1 square foot.
-Kyle Radder; Milwaukee, WI, 1 square foot, Dedication: "In honor of Damian's 19th cancerversary."
-Luigi & Ann Vella; Brookfield, WI, 1 square foot.
-Kathryn Gaedtke; Brookfield, WI, 1 square foot.
TAC's 300 Club - These believer's have donated $300 or 3 square feet of The Ability Center.
-Timothy & Maureen Maher; Wauwatosa, WI
-Randall Raikes; Waukesha, WI, Dedication: "In honor of Morgan Raikes."
TAC's 200 Club - These believer's have donated $200 or 2 square feet of The Ability Center.
-David Roettgers; Wauwatosa, WI, Dedication: "In memory of Deborah Roettgers."
-Lawrence & Jane Kean; Wauwatosa, WI
-Nichole Abresch & Alex Engelken; Milwaukee, WI, Dedication: "We believe in your vision, this is in honor of Gallery Night 2012."
TAC's Volunteer Club - These are our volunteer's who have gone beyond their gift of time & made a financial commitment as well.
-Jake & Dana Cosson; New Berlin, WI, 2 square feet, Dedication: "To continue the dream…With love, Jake, Dana & Zoe."
-Kristin Hinkel; Milwaukee, WI, 1 square foot.
-Jackie Egelhoff; Mequon, WI, 1 square foot.
TAC's Fan-atics - These are individual donors of $100 or 1 square foot.
-Andrea Zehnder; Milwaukee, WI
-Brian Quandt; Shorewood, WI
-Cari Kuehmichel; Port Washington, WI
-Carol Klein; Brookfield, WI
-Cheryl Hall; Pewaukee, WI
-Cheryl Yadron; Waterford, WI
-Christa Mobley; Silver Spring, MD
-Gary Mordini; Unknown
-Jeff Farkas & Penny Yoselle; Skokie, IL
-Jonathan & Rebecca Beckler; Milwaukee, WI
-Leah Starich; Waukesha, WI
-Leanne Beutler; Tucker, GA
-Brian & Missy Egelhoff; Thiensville, WI
-Robert Pfeiffer; Port Washington, WI
-Ronald Braier; Wauwatosa, WI
-Ronald Prue; Brookville, MD
-Sue Northey; Milwaukee, WI, Dedication: "In honor of Damian's 19th cancerversary."
-Tracy Erlitz; New Berlin, WI
In the event you weren't counting, that's 100 square feet of The Ability Center made possible by 50 donors who believe in possibility. I am, and all those involved with TAC are truly humbled by your generosity and grateful you believe that individuals and families impacted by disABILITIES deserve the same opportunities to be fit, active, healthy and to play, just as their able-bodied counterparts. Let me tell you something; I have never in my life been a part of something so inspiring, motivating and empowering. I have never been so moved by people's hearts and generosity. Never have I been more grateful that I survived the "un-survivable," I am simply honored that I have been chosen to deliver this vision and words WILL NEVER describe the gratitude that my heart and soul feel every day for those who have stepped up and believed in this one-of-a-kind vision. I have pounded the pavement delivering TAC's vision for the past three years and I will not stop until we have pounded so many times that we BREAK the pavement. The Ability Center is an exciting opportunity for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin and the nation.
One question; Are you next? Will you be number 51, 101, 1001, 99,901 of the "100,000 Strong for Ability" community? Become a part of an inspiring, motivating and empowering community by donating, and then help keep the ball rolling by tagging "The Ability Center" on Facebook &/or Tweet @abilitycenterwi #IBelieveInTAC.