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Inspiring Stories and Events from the Society for disABILITIES 

September, 2017                                     
Hayven Smith, 9, being crowned Miss Stanislaus Spirit Princess

How You Are Making A Difference

There was definitely a magical spirit around the Miss Stanislaus Spirit Princess Pageant!   The Modesto 500 Lions Club proudly presented the first annual pageant on September 16 at Downey High School.   Once the flyers were out parents of girls with disabilities between 5 and 12 gave positive and grateful feedback.   Many parents said that they never thought their daughter could participate in a pageant.  
On the day of the pageant, eleven girls were registered.   They arrived and had their hair professionally styled then had a Princess Luncheon with Elsa and many area visiting royalty including the Oakdale Rodeo Queen, the Dairy Princesses,   Miss Central California, Miss San Joaquin County, Miss California's Outstanding Teen, Miss San Joaquin County's Outstanding Teen, Miss Delta valley's Outstanding Teen and Miss San Bernardino County's Outstanding Teen.    It was a very festive and royal lunch - perfect to make new friends.
During the pageant our eleven participants were on stage for the casual wear section and the party dress section which also included an interview on stage with Master of Ceremonies, Jeremiah Williams.     Feedback from the parents was amazing!   Amanda Kerr said that her daughter Norah meet many new friends and was thrilled that no one asked her about her wheelchair.    
Juliana Reyes was presented with the Best Friend trophy and Hayven Smith received the crown, sash, and title of Miss Stanislaus Spirit Princess.   Everyone will agree that all the eleven are beautiful inside and out!   They have more new friends and all are anxiously awaiting next year!
Next year's pageant will include a second division for girls with disabilities from 13 to 22.   Thank you Modesto   500 Lions Club for making   a difference and enhancing the lives of girls with disabilities.  Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, families, and attendees who made the pageant possible.
2017 Exemplary Program Award Announcement

The Society for disABILITIES is the recipient of the 2017 Exemplary Program Award for Adapted Physical Education 
presented by the State Council on Adapted Physical Education - a section of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  The award will be presented to us in November and we will share more information then. 
We are so excited to have our programs recognized at this level.  Thank you all who have made this possible.


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 

Miracle League
Only 3 games left in the fall season. Come out to watch the games or volunteer to get involved.

For more information, please go to , email at or call us at (209) 900-4515

Fall will also bring the TopSoccer program.

Soccer practices/games will be held from October 3rd-26th, from 6-7:00 PM. Applications for players and volunteers are available at the Society for disABILITIES offices or the MYSA / AJAX offices at 3509 Coffee Rd Suite D8, Modesto.

For more information, contact Channa at or call us at  (209) 524-3536

Players from the 2016 season kicking it up at Soccer. 

To see our programs, please visit our  Facebook page.   For more program information, please contact  Channa  Or call (209) 524-3536 

Saturday, October 21 at the Durrer Barn.  Less than 40 ticket still available.  Call today to sponsor and purchase tickets.  
The Wild West Gala is always a fun night with great food, live band, and auctions.  This year we have crowd favorities includig our Jail and a casino area.  All proceed benefit Society for disABILITIES' programs.
The auctions (both live and silent) are fabulous!  We have many new items as well as everyone's favorties returnng   Don't miss out on these great auction items.  Still time to donate, too!
Our $100 ticket raffle this year is a 2017 Kawasaki Mule.  Click here for Mule flyer.   Winning ticket for the Mule will be drawn at the Gala.   Need not be present to win.  Call Carolyn at (209) 525-3536 to purchase ticket or stop by the Society for disABILITIES. 

Volunteers are needed!  Your help is needed with set-up, during the event, and of course, everyone's favorite clean-up!  Committee and volunteers have a great time!  Click here for Gala Volunteer Application.
For more information about volunteering, please email Carolyn Gomes,  Director of Development . or call at (209) 524-3536
A Note from the Executive Director

Hello everyone,
Can you believe it is already October?  That means it's time for our Wild West Gala.  Tickets are almost sold out so get them fast.  You won't want to miss our 70th Anniversary celebration. 
Although this year has been going by very quickly, so many exciting things have been happening. 
  • It was just announced that we won the 2017 Exemplary Program Award for Adapted Physical Education by the State Council on Adapted Physical Education.  This means we have the highest quality of adapted recreation and sporting programs in the entire state of California. 
  • The annual Pacific Southwest Container Auction was held.  Their continued generosity is greatly appreciated and makes a gigantic difference in our programs.
  • Another exciting thing was the Modesto 500 Lion's club presented the first Miss Stanislaus Spirit Princess pageant benefitting the Society for disABILITIES.  Before this came along parents had to drive out of the area to participate in an event of this caliber.  One of the most touching statements one of the young ladies said was, "I'm not entering to win, but to make new friends."  The social aspect is such an important component of all of our programs and another reason why they are so needed in our community. 
  • We are excited to announce that we have recently expanded our loan closet of adapted equipment to include prosthetics and wigs for those in the community who have been afflicted by cancer or other diseases. 
  • Finally one of the most exciting announcement is we have been asked to partner with Renew Church to host a Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine Prom.  This will be held on February 9, 2018 with a Valentines' Day theme.  Since this will be several months earlier than our annual prom, make sure you get your application in soon as spots will fill up quickly!
As always, thank you all for your continued support of Society for disABILITIES.  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 of your time, talents, and treasures we wouldn't exist!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
Thank you, 
Marci Boucher
Executive Director

Easy Ways for you to help
  • Visit our thrift stores to donate or shop!
    We have two stores, one at 1129 8th Street and one at 700 Scenic Drive.  Both stores are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer?  Opportunities to volunteer with our programs, fundraising, office and thrift stores.  

For more information, Click here to contact, Carolyn Gomes, Director of Development.  Or call, (209) 524-3536.


September Recipe 
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins

Here's the perfect to welcome autumn!  A delightful blend of pumpkin and apple.