VersAbility Raises More Than $76,000 at Signature Fundraiser

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VersAbility Resources raised $76,060 at its 15th annual gala presented by Old Point National Bank held Sept. 30 in Newport News.

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The funds raised support the nonprofit’s mission to empower people with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

More than 100 people attended the cruise-themed event held during the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

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“VersAbility is deeply grateful to all of our generous sponsors who help us create lives of purpose and opportunity for people of all abilities,” said Kasia Grzelkowski, the organization’s President and CEO. “We salute those who braved the remnants of Hurricane Ian to join us in celebration of our mission.”

Unique silent auction items at VersAbility’s signature fundraiser held at the Marriott in City Center included a guitar autographed by Bruce Springsteen, a Los Angeles Lakers jersey autographed by LeBron James, a sterling silver bracelet with white sapphires from Hauser’s Jewelers and a Lilly Pulitzer cooler and stainless steel tumbler from The Silver Box.

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The evening included dinner and dessert, live music from the band Revelation, dancing, a silent auction, casino games, and a raffle.

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VersAbility’s new Chief Development Officer Joe Harrow joined other leadership, staff, and supporters for the memorable evening.

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“I am really excited to be joining VersAbility in my capacity as its Chief Development Officer because I believe so strongly in the mission,” Harrow said. “The people who I met at the office on my first day, as well as the supporters at the Gala, further confirmed for me that I have made the right decision joining this organization.”

VersAbility serves more than 1,800 people and their families with disabilities with programs in early childhood, student services, day support and residential. Five diverse employment programs help people with disabilities find meaningful work.

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