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'Disability, or not, we’re a unified community'

Zoe Greszler • Apr 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The Huron County Bears took on a rematch Tuesday with the Huron County Celebrity All-Stars in an effort to show there aren’t boundaries that separate a true community. 

The Bears — clients and staff at Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities (HCBDD) — played a team of local “celebrities,” community movers and shakers at Norwalk High School with the common goals of community service, unity and integration.  

“This is the third year for this free event during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” HCBDD Superintendent Kari Smith said. “We do it every year to celebrate DD Awareness Month and then donate the canned goods and money to The Salvation Army. I think it just shows that we’re all in this together and disability, or not, we’re a unified community.”

Staff members sold 50/50 tickets at the basketball game and the self-advocates group operated the concession stand to raise funds for the cause. Tables were stacked with donations as the stands filled with fans to watch the game. Before tip-off, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan read an official proclamation announcing the observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in the city.

Members of the celebrity team are from Huron County Probate and Juvenile Court, Sirna & Sons Produce, Frank Van Dresser Team RE/MAX Quality Realty, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the Huron County Sheriff's Office, New London Police Department, Norwalk post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, The Willows at Willard, Huron County Department of Job & Family Services, Norwalk Police Department, Huron Soil & Water Conservation District and the Norwalk Fire Department.

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