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UOD Spring Benefit 2024

2024 UOD Spring Benefit Banner that reads "Moving Forward Together" Spring Benefit May 9, 2024

THANK YOU for joining us in celebrating Understanding Our Differences in Action.  It was wonderful to connect with our attendees in person.  UOD greatly appreciates the generous financial support and faith in our mission and goals.

The UOD Spring Benefit was on Thursday, May 9th 

at UMass Mount Ida ~ Shaw Hall
100 Carlson Ave, Newton, MA 02459

Missed the event, but still want to give? 
Thank you for your support!

There are many ways to give to help us with our mission to educate children and communities to actively respect, include and empower people of all abilities through interactive disability awareness programs.  Find out more on our Ways to Give page.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

Empowerment Sponsor

Village Bank logo

Allyship Sponsor

Main Street Bank logo

Honorary Co-Chairs

Mary-Ellen Efferen and Katherine Read

Program Speaker

Close up photo of UOD program speaker Jacob Myers, a smiling 27 year old white man with glasses and a mustache and beard.

Jacob Myers is 27 and lives with his family, including his dog Cosmo, in Bedford, MA. He began speaking for UOD with the Lexington program and has since shared his story and answered questions in Newton, Wakefield and North Reading.  He also speaks for the Best Buddies program.  He loves speaking because he gets to meet people, form real connections, and interact with students and answer their questions.  Jacob works at Whole Foods in Bedford, MA, and encourages everyone to say hi to him next time you see him there!

UOD Ambassadors

Brenda Noel, Executive Director, Pathway to Possible
Ima Jonsdottir, Co-Chair, Newton Commission on Disability
Susan Paley,
Senior Vice President, Community Relations, The Village Bank
Jackie Daley,
Principal, Harrington Elementary School, Lexington
Colette Powell,
Parent Coordinator for Understanding Our Differences, Lexington
Maureen Ryan and Heidi Watters,
Parent Coordinators for Understanding Our Differences, 
North Andover
Sean McIntyre,
Newton Public Schools graduate, JFK 50 Mile Race Runner
Gabrielle Barker, Boston Marathon 2024 Runner

Please Enjoy Some Photos from the 2024 Spring Benefit (click image to enlarge)

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