BOCA RATON, Fla. — On the Addison Lodge in Boca Raton, Tuesday there was a special model of fundraiser. It’s referred to as “A Trend Present with Coronary heart,” a fundraiser to assist elevate cash for JARC Florida, an assisted residing group offering packages and companies to people with mental and developmental disabilities.
John Gardner Jr. is considered one of 15 shoppers from JARC Florida within the present. The 40-year-old was recognized with Down Syndrome as a baby.
“He’s been a mannequin for 3 years and he loves it,” Karen Gardner stated.
John’s mother and father say this 12 months meant extra.
“It makes them really feel like they’re part of the group,” Karen Gardner stated. “It permits them to take middle stage.”
“It’s one thing to look ahead to outdoors the home,” John Gardner Sr. stated.
The hybrid occasion was held on-line and in particular person.
“To have the ability to Zoom in and nonetheless see the fantastic expressions on the shoppers face and seeing them have the ability to strike their poses,” Jeffrey Zirulnick stated.
Zirulnick is the CEO of JARC Florida, he says the fundraiser can be serving to to offset a few of the losses attributable to the pandemic.
“An occasion like this demonstrates, that they could be a a part of our world similar to any considered one of us wish to be part of participating with the group,” he stated.