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November, 2017        Happy Thanksgiving 
Isaac Croyle, 13 TopSoccer Player - Engaged in Being an Active Kid

How You Are Making A Difference

Isaac's mother, Alana Croyle, will never forget the day his teacher Robert Godfrey mentioned to her Miracle League and how Isaac should participate. She wasn't sure how Isaac would react to to a sports activity since he didn't walk until age 5. Alana will always remember the first Miracle League game she went to...because she cried. She watched her son become energized and engaged in the game. She was able to sit back and enjoy,  "Miracle League is really a miracle," said Alana. It involves the community from the kids being buddies to the coaches, volunteers and all the parents involved. Each game, Alana invited family members, friends, church members and fellow teachers to experience the feeling she had watching her son participate in a sport as well as the community being involved to be there for kids.  Alana now finds herself more connected to her community as she talks about the Miracle League experience.  

Issac is also involved in the TopSoccer and Bowling programs and is looking forward to Winter Ski. Recently at bowling, Alana was worried if Isaac would keep his shoes on, to her surprise not only were his shoes kept on, he didn't want to leave the building!  His involvement gives him a chance to be active as well as interact with other kids and other adults. Until Alana found the Society for disABILITIES she had not found a forum like this in Modesto,  

Alana summed up that Isaac's experience is a spiritual shot in the arm for her. She gets to see her son being viewed as a kid, not a kid with a disability. She is thrilled to have found a program that celebrates Isaac for being Issac. She is grateful for the programs that have helped Isaac become active and also brings the community together.   
Exemplary Program Award

The California State Council on Adaptive Physical Education has awarded the Exemplary Program Award to Society for disABILITIES. The Exemplary Award acknowledges the Society for disABILITIES for providing individuals with disabilities the highest quality adaptive sports and recreational programs that maximize skill development and cultivate a desire to lead an active, healthy and productive lifestyle.  This honor was presented at the 46th National Adapted Physical Education Conference held in Sacramento, November 17.  The Society is thrilled and humbled by this recognition.  Pictured left is Heidi Aufdermaur from the Conference Committee presenting the award to our Board President, Richard D. O'Brien.

Warren Miller Film 
December 1 & 2

Don't miss this year's amazing Warren Miller Entertainment Film - Line of Descent. This annual event kicks off the holidays or winter ski for many families.  There are two shows this year, Friday December 1 at 6:30 pm and Saturday December 2 at 7:30 pm.  Both are the State Theatre.  

This year's film travels the globe including British Columbia, California, Colorado, France, Montana, New Zealand, Norway, and Wyoming.  Come see great skiers and snowboarders.

Bear Valley Ski Resort will exchange your movie ticket (one person, per ticket, per show) into a free ski lift ticket. Movie tickets are $25 per person and support our Adaptive Winter Ski and other Society programs.

Please tell your friends and family about this great film. Raffle prizes currently being accepted.  Click here to buy Warren Miller Tickets!

Night to Shine
Society for disABILITIES is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Renew Church and Shelter Cove Community Church of Modesto to host Night to Shine, a special needs prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs, ages 14 years and older. This worldwide movement is already set to take place next year in all 50 states and 15 countries around the world...and the numbers continue to grow!

To register as a GUEST, click HERE
To register as a VOLUNTEER, click HERE

For more information, go to,  email Channa at  or call us at (209) 524-3536

Winter Ski
As the weather is changing, along comes our Winter Skiing Unlimited Program.

Our ski dates are listed below, with the first date fast approaching. Sign up now to either be a participant or volunteer. We look forward to seeing you out on the slopes!

Winter Ski Dates:
Dec: 16
Jan: 20, 27
Feb: 3
Mar: 3, 10

To sign up to be a  PARTICIPANT , click HERE
To sign up to be a  VOLUNTEER , click HERE

Adaptive Bowling
Our Adapted Bowling Program is run year round on the  FIRST  and  THIRD  Thursdays every month. On the third Thursday we have a small celebration in honor of all participants' whose birthdays are in that month. Come join us for some bowling fun!

All bowlers MUST pre-register in order to reserve a spot for the bowling program. All reservations are  FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

If you haven't been to bowling lately, come join the fun and friendships.

To register for the program, click  HERE
For more information, please go to

To see our programs, please visit our  Facebook pageFor more program information, please contact  Channa o r call (209) 524-3536 

Thank you to our many sponsors, donors, attendees, and volunteers for the 2017 Wild West Gala - Jeans and Jewels!  As always those in attendance had a great time and raised needed funds for the Society for disABILITIES. Feedback from the event was extremely positive. The rib-eye steak was delicious. Rodeo House kept the dance floor hopping. There were quite a few gamblers enjoying the casino area. The live and silent auctions were wonderful and there are many auction winners with travel in their future.  Click here to see our 2017 Gala sponsors and donors.  Pictures from Gala will be on our Facebook page soon.  Please check on our Facebook page in a few weeks.  Many thanks to our fabulous Wild West Gala Committee! Your hard work was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.  

A Note from Marci Boucher,
the Executive Director

Hello everyone,
At this time of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for your continued support of Society for disABILITIES. As an independent not for profit agency we rely on the financial support of the community to keep our doors open and programs up and running.  We are also grateful for participants and their families' involvement in helping to promote our programs as well as support our fundraising activities. To date in 2017 we are seeing increases in our existing programs.
Thank you to those who helped plan and attend our 2017 Wild West Gala - Jeans and Jewels!  If you missed this event, you missed a great event. Don't worry, there will be a Wild West Gala in 2018. Each year the Gala grows with more fun things to do. Thanks again to our many sponsors (see article), auction item donors, attendees, and volunteers.

The 2017 Exemplary Program Award for Adaptive Physical Education is proudly hanging in our reception area. We are truly humbled to receive this honor. Our partnerships with area school districts and the adaptive physical education teachers are priceless to our programs. This award is given to programs which have the highest quality standard of adapted recreation and sporting programs in the entire state of California. 

Our board of directors and staff want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Please know we are all grateful for your continued support. It is because of your support we are able to offer all of our programs and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in our community. Without you giving your time, talents, and treasure we wouldn't exist. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
Thank you, 
Marci Boucher
Executive Director

Easy Ways For You To Help


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SaveMart shopper can click here to sign up for the Shares Program.


Donate Your Car

Donate your car, truck or boat today!  When you donate your car to Society for disABILITIES you not only help support our programs, but you receive a tax deductible receipt.  It is easy to donate, call Carolyn at 209.524.3536 to schedule your pick up. 

For more information

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Save the Date: Saturday February 24, 2018

Live Music, Raffle, Beer Tasting, Prizes

Participate - Donate!

More information soon.

Save the Date
Crab Fest February 10, 2018

Society for disABILITIES is pleased to be the benefactor of Crab Fest '18.  This event is coordinated annually by Dallas Marsh and Nancy Breshears and their committee.  

Sponsorship and ticket information will be available soon.
November Recipe 
Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla

Are Thanksgiving leftovers in your future?  Here's a new twist for your leftovers!