Sunday, December 17, 2006

Break the Barriers 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner Raises $110,000 ― Organization Honors Larry and Dot Powell, Receives Mayoral Proclamation and Announces Additional $1.2 Million in Grant Awards

Break the Barriers 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner Raises $110,000 ― Organization Honors Larry and Dot Powell, Receives Mayoral Proclamation and Announces Additional $1.2 Million in Grant Awards

Break the Barriers, Inc., the nation's premier sports-arts center uniting people of all abilities, today announced that its 10th annual fundraising dinner, "The Fruit of our Efforts," held at the Fresno Convention Center's Valdez Hall, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, netted $110,000. It also announced the award of $1.2 million in federal grants spanning the next three years. The organization honored Fresno County Office of Education Superintendent Larry Powell, and his wife Dot Powell, executive director of SALT Fresno, and director of Read Fresno for their tireless dedication to the children of the greater Fresno area.

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2007

Break the Barriers, Inc., the nation's premier sports-arts center uniting people of all abilities, today announced that its 10th annual fundraising dinner, "The Fruit of our Efforts," held at the Fresno Convention Center's Valdez Hall, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, netted $110,000. It also announced the award of $1.2 million in federal grants spanning the next three years. The organization honored Fresno County Office of Education Superintendent Larry Powell, and his wife Dot Powell, executive director of SALT Fresno, and director of Read Fresno for their tireless dedication to the children of the greater Fresno area.

In addition, on behalf of Alan Autry, mayor of Fresno, Break the Barriers board member Sid Cox presented Co-founders Deby and Steve Hergenrader with a proclamation declaring Oct.13 "Break the Barriers Day" in the City of Fresno.

"The evening was filled with joy and beautiful smiling faces," said fundraising dinner chair Marty Flaming. "With each year, the dinner grows, in step with the tremendous progress of Break the Barriers. We are so grateful to everyone who contributes in so many ways to help us keep this wonderful dream alive."

The harvest-themed evening featured bountiful fresh fruit centerpieces donated by Fowler Packing, dinner by Pardini's Catering, and dessert donated by Wawona Foods. Guests enjoyed music, presentations, silent and live auctions and an awards ceremony - all punctuated at intervals with exuberant performances by the world renowned "Barrier Breakers."

Adding to the excitement of the night, the award of two grants totaling $1.2 million over the next three years was announced.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners - A grant of $200,000 per year for three years has been awarded to Break the Barriers by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. This grant will allow Break the Barriers to serve 200 children during the first year; 400 children the second year and 600 children in the third year.

School-Based Mentoring - A grant was awarded by the U. S. Department of Education for $200,000 per year for three years for the development and implementation of school-based mentoring programs.

"The support we are experiencing by the community and the government is a testament to enduring joyful spirit of the children," said Deby Hergenrader. "And the good news just keeps on coming! Following the successful completion of our first year, we are now entering the second year of our $1.5 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). We are thrilled to report that our PEP Model Training Sites will expand this year to five sites in Golden Valley USD; two sites in Clovis USD; two sites in Fowler USD; and multiple sites in Fresno USD. There are 12 model training sites for the second year. All sites are fully inclusive training programs for individuals of all abilities."

Break the Barriers will also expand its buddy program to "Buddy Up" mentors. New partners include Family Home Builders Foster Care, Inc., which boasts a 100 percent success rate at helping high risk foster care students graduate through mentoring and tutoring; and Hope Now for Youth, averaging an 85 percent success rate in turning gang members into contributing citizens through mentoring and job skills training and placement.

Editors Quick Notes:

WHO:  Break the Barriers
WHAT:  10th Annual Fundraising Dinner, "The Fruit of Our Efforts"
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 6:00 p. m
WHERE:  Fresno Convention Center's Valdez Hall
WHY:  To continue to provide sports, arts, aquatics, health and fitness programs for the able bodied and the disabled
TICKETS: Individual tickets $75; and tables for 10 guests, $1,000.
MAJOR
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 Dinner netted $110,000  Honorees were Superintendent of Fresno County Schools Larry Powell; Dot Powell, executive director of SALT Fresno and director of READ Fresno  Break the Barriers was awarded a mayoral proclamation designating Oct. 13 as Break the Barriers Day in the City of Fresno.  Break the Barriers announced two government grants totaling $1.2 million over three years  Break the Barriers announced the planned expansion for the second year of the $1.5 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)

About Break the Barriers
Fresno-based Break the Barriers is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1985. Through sports, arts, aquatics, health and fitness programs for the able bodied and the disabled, Break the Barriers is recognized as a "National Role Model for Inclusion" by the U. S. Department of Special Education, acknowledged throughout California, the United States, and abroad for its equity advocacy. For more information, please visit www. breakthebarriers. org.

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