The Endependence Center celebrated its Annual Meeting â€œEmpowering People with Disabilitiesâ€ 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.
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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:Â
- Jane L Majer Award for Independence to Bridgette Boone;
- Jerry Oâ€™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.