*We will return to award students in September 2018!*
SupportAbility, a 5o1c3 non-profit corporation, is a grass roots organization. We award high school seniors for their trmendous and extraordinary courage. In our early years, we raised money any way we could. We wanted to succeed - our mission was to reward courage to deserving students who overcame tremendous obstacles to graduate high school. As an example, I would buy candy bars at Costco once a month, at bulk prices and resell them for full price to UCI students on a bridge over Campus Drive in Irvine, CA. Often times, I would double my profits!! We were established in 2001. Our fundraising has changed to include our annual Appeals Letter and our gala reception. Over $700,000 has been given to very deserving and courageous high-school seniors who have overcome obstacles to graduate. Courage is a virtue of great importance!
High school seniors who have faced extraordinary obstacles to graduate (i.e. a disability, the loss of a parent, etc.) deserve recognition and praise. Their spirit, fortitude, and drive to succeed is inspiring. Courage is like an angel without wings.
In 2018, we began our SupportAbility four-year college scholarship! One very generous couple donated $25,000 a year to give a physically disabled student a "college experience." Another foundation matched this year's $25,000 donation.
In March 2019, we will begin participating in the LA Marathon - stay tuned for more information!
Many award recipients of The Julie Inman Courage Award by SupportAbility, have gone on to professional careers. We are so proud of them! They have gone into fields such as nursing, education, sports medicine, law and other careers, and have continued their education in Masters programs. Some even have children and spouses. You are invited to the strength of SupportAbility see for yourself! The power of encouragement and recognition is the key!!
Julie is passionate about sharing her story and journey! Contact me for more info, (949) 854-3331.
In October, 2018, we will send our annual Appeals Letter. October is Disability Awareness month.
*** Thank you all for joining us June 27, 2018 at our Reception! $20,100 has been raised to date for next year's recipients - many past winners returned to share their stories!
Bich Nguyen is a recent graduate of Saddleback High School, and will be attending USC in Fall 2018.
Bich was the 1st recipient of the SupportAbility Scholarship, a $100,000, 4-year college scholarship opportunity offered to a physically disabled student. Life-altering!!
The Julie Inman Courage Scholarship, given at a high school's Senior Awards Night, is given to a high school senior who has displayed tremendous and extraordinary courage to graduate, i.e. illness or loss of a parent, etc.
In June 2018, 49 recipients were selected!!! Awards totalled $34,500
In May 2018, Brenda Longo, winner of our Hawaiian raffle, tremendously enjoyed her one week stay at a private cottage, located on a seven-acre orchard on the Big Island. An authentic Chinese dinner was included and prepared by the property owner. Our second prize winner, Adreus Eulenstein, won a weekend in Catalina Island. Our third prize winner, Bill Campbell, won a weekend at a vacation home in Carmel Valley!
Wine dinner door prizes totalled $1,130!! It was such a fun event! Many thanks to all!
***FINISHED DEC. 13, 2017- SPINNING FOR COURAGE- JULIE RODE 1000 MILES! YOU ALL PLEDGED $4,355!!
THANK YOU! THE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE ALL OF THIS AS THEY RECEIVE AWARDS FOR THEIR COURAGE *****
Julie is continuing to ride. Since October 2017, she has gone over 2,700 miles. Another Spinning for Courage event will begin in September. Click the link below to Donate and be part of the team.
P.O. Box 4885
Irvine, CA 92616
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