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ST. LOUIS (September 2021) — It’s not every day that an organization gets to celebrate its 50th birthday (a second time), and it’s an honor when the Mayor proclaims it a special day to recognize the occasion!

Jared Boyd, Mayor's Chief of Staff

Last week, St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones issued a proclamation declaring Friday, September 24, 2021, “Paraquad Day in St. Louis.” The Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Jared Boyd, delivered the honor at Paraquad’s Shine the Light Jubilee REDO.

Due to the coronavirus-19 pandemic, Paraquad presented its gala virtually in 2020, the organization’s 50th year. In 2021, Paraquad President Aimee Wehmeier and CEO Jerry Ehrlich decided to call a “redo” and hold

a live, in-person celebration.

The gala raised more than $240,000 to champion equity and independence for people with disabilities through services, partnerships, education and advocacy.

Shine the Jubilee REDO attendees heard stories about the impact Paraquad has in the community, such as how the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad provides members such as Don Pokorny with adapted equipment to improve his strength and ultimately increase his independence.

“Thank you to Mayor Jones for honoring Paraquad’s legacy in the community. We’re so glad we could gather our supporters together to celebrate our rich history and the possibilities for the next 50 years,” said Wehmeier.

About Paraquad: Founded in 1970, Paraquad is a leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest Centers for Independent Living in the country, Paraquad’s mission is to champion equity and independence for people with disabilities through services, partnerships, education and advocacy. A key focus is to make St. Louis more accessible for all people by advocating, building awareness, and delivering comprehensive services.

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