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Press Release: Announcing 2014 Award Winners

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For immediate release: November 4, 2014

Announcing 2014 Awards Program Winners

The Washington Access Fund will present awards to businesses, organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy efforts to include, serve, and help people with disabilities across the state. The awards will be presented at the Washington Access Fund 10 Year Anniversary Celebration & Benefit set to take place at Town Hall Seattle with featured guest speaker John Hockenberry, host of Public Radio’s International’s The Takeaway.


Best Practice Award: Ark Lodge Cinemas

When members of the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community requested open captioning at his theater, David McRae willingly incurred the additional expenses so it was available for the premier of “the Hobbit”. He has also purchased a close captioned system and a descriptive video system for all three of his movie screens.

Innovation Award: MagicWheels

The challenge of negotiating hills, ramps, curb cuts and door thresholds in a non-motorized wheelchair is made easier with MagicWheels. Invented and manufactured locally, they were perfected with federal and state research funds. They offer self-contained 2-to-1 gearing and hill holding, all built into the wheel.

Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award: Caryl Wolf

Caryl Wolf volunteered her counseling and training services when the nonprofit she had been working at closed its doors. She then founded a new nonprofit – Benefits Central – and she continues to go the extra mile to guide people with disabilities who want to work and become self-sufficient.

Recreational Engagement Award: Outdoors for All

Utilizing over 700 volunteers, Outdoors for All enriches the lives of children and adults with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. Their all season programming offers hiking, winter sports, boating, campind and rock climbing to thousands of people with disabilities each year.

Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award: Melissa “echo” Greenlee

echo’s participation in the Washington Access Fund’s Individual Development Account program allowed her to found a web-based business: With she guides deaf and hard of hearing consumers to welcoming businesses through reviews. She helps businesses learn how to become more deaf-friendly through articles and advice.

Award Event

Date: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Time: 5:00 p.m. VIP reception/Cocktail hour; 6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony. To be followed by 7:30 p.m. presentation in the Great Hall by John Hockenberry.

Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue

About the Washington Access Fund

The Washington Access Fund uses asset-building tools like Microcredit and Individual Development Accounts to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington State. Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). 

Andrea Dimond, Director of Communications & Marketing
Washington Access Fund
100 S. King St, Suite 280
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 328-5116

Click here to buy tickets to the VIP Awards Banquet.

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