CADES Fundraiser Mobilizes a Community

CADES super-volunteer Steven Allman, recipient of the Building Hope award, and Executive Director Julie Alleman. Photo compliments of Don Roman.

CADES super-volunteer Steven Allman, recipient of the Building Hope award, and Executive Director Julie Alleman. Photo compliments of Don Roman.

More than 200 friends and supporters of Swarthmore-based CADES joined together for the “Building Hope, Transforming Lives” dinner last week at Springfield Country Club. The annual gala raised more than $87,000 for the CADES Mobility Fund, which contributes mightily to the abilities of clients to get around safely and freely, improve their fitness levels, express themselves, improve confidence and enhance a sense of independence. Among the applications of this money, CADES will fund mobility programs and create a wheelchair repair workshop.

At the dinner, CADES leaders recognized some of its most dedicated volunteers, and thanked them for their essential and selfless contributions to improving the lives of others. Steve Allman was presented with the Building Hope award, in appreciation of the three days, week in and week out, during which he volunteers in the Adult Day program and provides respectful encouragement and assistance to clients. Four extraordinary siblings (and three spouses) in the Collins family have served for decades in directly helping adults and children, including those with special needs, within Delaware County and beyond. Executive Director Julie Alleman presented the award on behalf of CADES’s Board of Directors.

CADES is located on Rutgers Avenue in Swarthmore, and online at CADES.org.

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