2016 Participant Holiday Party
It was the biggest party of the year! Approximately 175 people attended the Annual Holiday Party at the Doubletree Hotel in Norfolk on December 8. Everyone had a fun time and plenty to eat which included pizza, salad, wings, cookies, and drinks. Our DJ helped to get the party going and we had lots of dancing and karaoke including group karaoke and group dancing. The photo booth was a big hit with several backgrounds to choose from and the photographer took over 600 pictures. There were 25 door prizes, participants were able to put their name in a drawing for a chance to win a door prize of their choosing, and if they did not win it, their name was placed into the drawing for a chance to win a jar of candy and money. As our guests left the party, they received a candy goodie bag and a gift from ECI.
The Endependence Center celebrated its Annual Meeting “Empowering People with Disabilities” on Friday, November 18 at the Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel.
The event began at 11:00 am with approximately 160 guests visiting with our 14 exhibitors.
Muriel & Gary Hecht
After lunch, the meeting began at 12:30 pm with opening remarks by Michael Wang, President of the ECI Board of Directors.
Our Keynote Speaker, Senator Frank Wagner spoke and he was later presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.
The Norfolk Interim Deputy City Manager, Stephen Hawks made welcoming remarks and was presented with the Outstanding City Award for the City of Norfolk.
Additional awards were presented as follows:
- Jane L Majer Award for Independence to Bridgette Boone;
- Jerry O’Bryan Freedom Award to Johnnie Conley; and
- Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award to Alexander Clifton.
Several FEMA representatives made a short announcement regarding services available for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
After remarks from Stephen Johnson, Executive Director, and President Wang, the meeting concluded and exhibitors remained available until about 2:30 pm. ECI greatly appreciates all sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors for covering the meeting expenses.