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Enhancing Lives ... Exploring Opportunities  ... News from ProAct, Inc.   

October 2017

Culver's, IMV are 'Employers of the Year'
Culver's Assistant Manager Zaide Lopez, left, and General Manager Marvin Martinez are congratulated by ProAct Employment Manager Heather Deutschlaender.

A well-known hamburger and frozen custard restaurant and a livestock industry medical supplier were named for ProAct's 2017 "Employer of the Year" awards. Both are strong partners that have helped the Eagan-based nonprofit better the lives of people with disabilities.

Honored at an annual recognition banquet in Oakdale were Culver's restaurants in Eagan, Rosemount and West. St. Paul, and IMV Technologies in Maple Grove.

Eric Salonen_ in supply chain and operations with IMV Technologies, Maple Grove, is congratulated by Mary McGeheran, ProAct business services manager.
"Work is something that brings dignity and satisfaction to the individual, and I cannot stress strongly enough that employers are crucial to the success of the people we serve," said ProAct President and CEO Steven Ditschler. "We are grateful for the efforts of the 2017 award winners, and truly value their partnership with us."
Winners were chosen for two Employer of the Year categories: Community Employer and Business Partner. The designations align with several of ProAct's services for people with disabilities.

Summer staffer, Red Wing Ambassador
Ashley Knowlton
Red Wing Royal Ambassador Ashley Knowlton is taking a love for her community around the state, and part of her experience includes working as a direct support professional at ProAct.
"I absolutely love ProAct," said Knowlton.  "The clients are so fun to work with and it's a super positive place."
She's promoting Red Wing in parades, pageants and other community events.  Knowlton often sports red clothing on her tours, and even boots from Red Wing Shoes. She studies nursing at St. Olaf College in Northfield. 

Satisfying careers, potential
If you've never considered a career in the human service field, maybe now is the time. ProAct is hiring. 
Call us at 651-686-0405, or 651-388-7108. Apply online today.
In case you missed it: The ProAct Golf Classic
A team from Grafix Shoppe won the ProAct Golf Classic event in late August.  View photos from the annual get together.  If you missed it in 2017, plan to join us in 2018 at Southview Country Club in August.  
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In This Issue
Red Wing Ambassador
ProAct Golf Classic
Christmas production coming
Make a dramatic entrance by supporting ProAct Playhouse

ProAct is helping dozens of individuals to enhance their communication and presentation skills while building self-esteem through ProAct Playhouse theater productions.  You can help them out through 2017 Give to the Max Day.   
You donation will help offset the cost of performance and rehearsal spaces, costumes and props.
On each day that you give, between November 1 and 16, you'll be eligible to win a $500 Golden Ticket .  And, one giver will win a Super-Sized Golden Ticket worth $10,000! 
One thousand gather for Annual Recognition banquets

Highly anticipated and thoroughly celebrated, ProAct Recognition Banquets gather individuals, family and staff for awards, fine food and dancing.  View photos from this year's big events by clicking below.

ProAct Playhouse planning Christmas production

ProAct Playhouse is riding the wave of a strong late summer performance, "Not That Special," into a completely new production for winter.

"The Greatest Gift" is playing at the Lakeville Area Arts Center on December 21 at 7:30 p.m.  Seats are first come, first serve, with a suggested donation of $10.

Several ProAct staff members were interviewed recently on KFAI Radio.  Listen to that program here.