July 2018
Summer at Bishop Grady Villas
We roll into summer with a grateful heart as we have one successful fundraiser behind us and one just around the corner! As always, thank you to our benefactors, volunteers, and friends for continuing to support our mission and vision.
Inaugural Project SEARCH Class Graduates with 100% Employment Success!

On May 17, 2018, we had a lot to celebrate with the graduation of seven extraordinary interns from our inaugural Project SEARCH site at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center!

After nine months of rotations in groundskeeping, food service, facilities' maintenance, human resources, and customer service, we are proud to announce that all seven are gainfully employed and thriving by Publix Super Markets, Walt Disney World, Lowe's Home Improvement, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Universal Studios, and the Hyatt Hotel.

"On a national level, Project SEARCH has an 80% employment placement average, so this accomplishment in our inaugural year is extraordinary," said Jeannie Martin, Skills Trainer at Project SEARCH Gaylord Palms. "We certainly could not have done it without our phenomenal partners at the Osceola County Public School District, the incredible mentors at the Gaylord Palms Resort, and our generous funders from The Able Trust."

Due to the success of our initial Project SEARCH site, Bishop Grady Villas will be expanding to two more sites in Seminole County beginning in August 2018 - Florida Hospital, Altamonte Springs and Hilton Hotel, Altamonte Springs.

For more information about Project SEARCH or how your business can participate, please contact Desi Robles, Employment Programs Manager, at (407) 361-7710 or drobles@bishopgradyvillas.org
Generator Update
Thanks to the ardent championship of our our supporters, donors, and friends, Bishop Grady Villas has raised more than $100,000 in support of fulfilling ALF ratification bill, SB 7028 requiring that all assisted living facilities install a back-up power source with enough fuel to power 96 hours of air conditioning at 80 degrees Farenheit to critical living areas by December 31, 2018.

In addition to more than $20,000 raised in donations by individuals, Bishop Grady Villas also received generous grants from Dr. Phillips Charities, the Diocese of Orlando's Shepherd's Fund, and Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

Tenth Annual Achieving Their Dreams Breakfast Another Success!
On April 6, 2018, more than 200 people attended Bishop Grady Villas' tenth annual Achieving Their Dreams fundraising breakfast, one of our signature special events to help raise money and awareness of our mission and vision.

Thanks to our Table Captains, donors, friends, staff, and volunteers, this special event raised more than $50,000 to help support our residential, vocational, and employment programs.

"Bishop Grady Villas is truly blessed to continue to merit the generosity and kindness of our benefactors, friends, and volunteers," said Kevin Johnson, Executive Director. "Personal philanthropy plays a crucial role in allowing us to continue to provide the support, care, and services to those we serve from throughout Central Florida."

If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved in next year's Achieving Their Dreams, please contact Andrea Mayorga at (407) 892-6078 or
The Fifteenth Annual Harvest Ball is Just Around the Corner!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek for our fifteenth annual Harvest Ball!

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Harvest Ball go to support our Residents Scholarship Fund, which provides invaluable financial assistance to those who may not be able to fully afford our services. Last year, our benefactors, friends, residents, volunteers, and staff came out to help raise more than $250,000 for this crucial fund.

We are currently accepting auction items, and particularily appreciate the following:

  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Retail Gift Gift Cards
  • GIft Baskets
  • Golf Packages
  • Attraction Tickets
  • Christmas and Thanksgiving Items
  • Jewelry and Handbags

Sponsorships and tickets are currently on sale at the following levels:

Presenting Sponsor
Includes print invitation, website, electronic, and program recognition, 2 stage announcements, and 3 premium placed tables for 8

Golden Sponsor
Includes electronic and program recognition, stage announcement, and 2 premium placed tables for 8

Crimson Sponsor
Includes electronic and program recognition, stage announcement, and 1 premium placed table for 8

Pumpkin Sponsor
Includes electronic and program recognition and 1 table for 8

Individual Ticket

To purchase Harvest Ball tickets or sponsorships, please visit our Harvest Ball website.

For more information about sponsorships, ticket sales, or auction item donations, please contact Andrea Mayorga at (407) 892-6078 or amayorga@bishopgradyvillas.org
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