What: Celebrating Abilities 2017 with Special Screening of Award-Winning Short Film: Learning to Drive
When & Where: Sept. 16, Noon at Century High School, Rochester, MN
Admission to the Event: Free
Movie Admission: $10.
Ability Building Center (ABC) will hold the first annual Celebrating Abilities at Century High School on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The event features activities for all ages, including a special screening of the award-winning short film, “Learning to Drive.”
“Too often we hear what persons with disabilities cannot do. With Celebrating Abilities we wanted to focus on the amazing things they can do and are doing each day,” said Bruce Remme, ABC Executive Director. “The event offers a fun way for the whole family to learn more about the remarkable achievements of these individuals and the immense contributions they make to our communities.”
Doors open to the public at noon on Saturday, with food and beverages from local restaurants, face-painting and henna booths, a driving simulator challenge, games, success stories, displays, raffles, a silent auction and more.
Guests will have the opportunity to have photos taken with the cast and crew of “Learning to Drive” as well as Miss Minnesota USA International 2017, Rochester’s own Zoey Jantsan.
Admission to the event is free. Tickets to the film screening are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Admission to the after-party with director and cast is $25. Tickets can be purchased online at http://abcinc.org/celebratingabilities. All proceeds go to enriching the lives of persons with disabilities in the community.
A highlight of this year’s event is a special screening of “Learning to Drive,” beginning at 4:00 pm in the Century Auditorium. This heartwarming, upbeat film tells the story of two brothers, one with Down syndrome, who embark a road trip to take their mother’s ashes to the Grand Canyon.
The film has been screened at numerous festivals and has won several awards. Director Roderick E. Stevens, II and lead actor Connor Long will be present to introduce the film and answer questions. Guests can spend more time with both at an exclusive after-party beginning at 6:30 pm.
Celebrating Abilities is made possible through the generous support of gold-level sponsor Think Mutual Bank, silver-level sponsors Minnesota Autism Center, Minnesota 97.5 FM and the Sadler family, and nine bronze-level sponsors.
Ability Building Center (ABC)
1911 14th Street, NW
Rochester, MN 55901