sasi celebrated the arts and abilities of the individuals it supports at the annual sasi Celebration on Saturday, October 20, at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The annual event featured drinks, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, a silent auction, a performance from the Moving Miracles dancers, and an award presentation to three individuals for their longstanding service to the agency.
The 2018 award winners were as follows:
Cindy has been a diligent advocate for individuals with disabilities for more than 43 years. As a mother to Heather, first and foremost, Cindy has embodied the definition of service through letters to elected officials, board and committee memberships, volunteer efforts and much more.
Cindy’s involvement with the agency first began with the Claddagh Commission, where she started the Friends and Family Support Group 22 years ago. She went on to serve as an integral member of Claddagh Commission’s various administrative boards, including the Board of Directors and the Human Rights, Quality, and Finance Committees, and now serves on sasi’s Board of Directors, and the Finance and Quality Committees.
Dr. Dale Skoog
Dr. Skoog is being honored with a Lifetime Service award for his 23 year career as sasi’s Medical Director. Dr. Skoog first started working at sasi in 1995 where he provided medical oversight and maintenance of health conditions and practices for all agency programs and services. He also oversaw Article 16 services, and was instrumental in the development of policies and procedures related to maintaining the wellbeing of both individuals and staff.
His dedication and commitment to sasi was always extraordinary. He often passed along his extensive knowledge of conditions and treatments to clinic staff, and always went above and beyond to make himself available, even on vacation.
Dale’s contributions to the agency were not limited to medical oversight. With a strong belief in the sasi mission, he promoted community awareness and supported many of the agency’s fundraising activities, such as this one.
A well-respected doctor and a friend to all that have had the pleasure of working with him, Dr. Skoog’s dedication is only paralleled by his humility. We thank him for everything he has accomplished, and for his long-standing service to the agency.
Donna Hanlon, exemplifies the definition of service. Her relationship with the agency first began with Claddagh Commission and spans 39 years.
Donna’s relationship with Claddagh began in 1978, the year the Claddagh Commission was first founded. When her husband Dick’s sister, Rita, moved into the Mayfield house in Derby, they both volunteered many hours there, working on improvements both inside the estate and on the grounds.
Donna went on to join Claddagh Commission’s Community Advisory Board in 1979, and in 1994, Donna became a member of the Board of Directors. She went on to serve as both Vice Chairperson and later, Chairperson, in addition to serving on various other committees, including: Incident Review, Quality and Policy committees.
When it came time to navigate Claddagh’s merger with sasi, Donna served on the transition team, and went on to hold positions on sasi’s Corporate Board of Directors and Human Rights Committee until May of 2018.
Congratulations to all of the award winners. An additional thank you to Rick Warne Photography for the images from the evening.