Jobs Despite Disabilities

Project SEARCH breaks into the gala scene, celebrating advances in the workforce for individuals with disabilities

Who, What, Where: The first annual Celebrations of Innovations & Outcomes Gala, held at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, July 14.

Purpose: Project SEARCH helps young adults with intellectual and mental disabilities prepare for future jobs with year-long internships. Current interns showed off the skills they’ve learned and talked about their experiences.

See and be Seen: Over 450 supporters gathered to support the cause, and WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin kept the night rolling as the Master of Ceremonies.

Local Talent:
Acoustic legend Billy McLaughlin serenaded the crowd while strumming out sweet notes on his guitar.

Start the Bidding:
After ticket sales and a live auction, including vacations to Tuscany and Disney World, Project SEARCH raised about $100,000.

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