2018 Gala FashionAbility Event

Inclusion Connections’ annual signature fundraising event, Gala FashionAbility, was one for the books! Local celebrity Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, pitched in to help raise record funds with the help of a sold-out crowd of supporters who bid on Silent and Live Auction items including an unexpected, last-minute addition of a behind-the-scenes Royals’ experience with Rex. Inclusion Connections’ participants and volunteer peers performed in an exciting fashion show which shines the spotlight on hopes, dreams and future job ambitions. Proceeds from the event support Inclusion Connections programming for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, including the highly touted PawsAbilities employment training program. Inclusion Connections is a KCTV5 Take 5 to Care partner – here’s the story .



PawsAbilities Employment Training in Kansas City

Joe Chiodo, KCTV5 anchor in Kansas City, provided a powerful story on PawsAbilities job training program for individuals with special needs in Johnson County, Kansas. He featured the opening of our new store on Santa Fe in Olathe, KS, and profiled our mission and how the program equips participants with skills to become more independent. Visit ICPawsAbilities.org to learn more about the dog treats and products available online, at our store, and at various locations throughout the Kansas City area.  Click and Enjoy!

Kansas City Star PawsAbilities Feature Story

The Kansas City Star featured Inclusion Connections’ job training program, PawsAbilities, in a December 10, 2017 article by Beth Lipoff. You can read the full article here.

Fox4 KC Covers PawsAbilities Program

Fox4 KC came to visit Inclusion Connections on December 6, 2017 to help spread the word about our job training program for teens and young adults with disabilities in Kansas City. Enjoy the story!

First National Bank Partners with Inclusion Connections

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We are proud to announce that First National Bank has partnered with Inclusion Connections, providing a grant to support the EmployAbility Program. This program offers young adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to learn job skills which will translate to community employment. Training is offered through PawsAbilities, in which participants make and sell dog treats, toys and bandanas in the Kansas City community where they live. This program is designed to equip trainees with necessary job and self-advocacy skills in order to obtain jobs. First National Bank joins other Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities partners in helping people with disabilities become more independent. Thank you, First National Bank!

Inclusion Connections 2017 Wicked Wine Walk Charity Recipient

Inclusion Connections is pleased to participate in the Kansas City Power & Light District’s annual Wicked Wine Walk as the beneficiary of event proceeds! This event is sold out every year, and features the District’s restaurants which provide attendees with various small bites and a selection of wines to taste. Tickets are offered starting at $30, with VIP experience tickets available as well. The event is from 2-6 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

KCTV5 Features IC Fundraiser Bowl-O-Rama

2017 Bowl-o-Rama sponsorship flyer2Inclusion Connections’ 3rd Annual Bowl-O-Rama fundraiser will be held at 11:00 am on June 24, 2017 at Olathe Lanes East. The event will feature teams of bowlers, a Silent Auction, raffle, and other ways to support IC’s programming for young people with disabilities. KCTV5’s anchor Joe Chiodo invited everyone to come out and support the Bowl-O-Rama – Watch Here!

KCTV – Fashion with a Purpose

Joe Chiodo from KCTV5 visited Inclusion Connections’ Activity Center on February 15, 2017, to give viewers a chance to see up-close what the Johnson County nonprofit is doing to serve teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. This year IC was chosen as a KCTV Take 5 to Care partner, which helped promote its 2017 Gala FashionAbility. Watch the video.

Fox 4 Morning Show Appearance

Jennifer Bertrand, HGTV Design Star Winner, helped Inclusion Connections promote this year’s Gala FashionAbility fundraising event by appearing on the Inclusion Connections on Fox 4 Morning Show on February 13. She was joined by models Rachel Zink and Emma Lenguist, and also peer mentor Maryn Brown. Tickets are still available for the event by visiting our website.


Better KC Promotes 2017 Gala FashionAbility

KCTV5 promoted Take 5 to Care partner Inclusion Connections’ Gala FashionAbility event on the Better KC live program on Monday, February 6, 2017. Jack Lewis, IC’s Volunteer of the Year, and model Nora Stoy, joined Board Member Shelly McVay to tell viewers about the February 14 event at Ball Conference Center in Olathe. This event is the premier fundraising event for the Johnson County, KS nonprofit which serves teens and young adults with developmental disabilities.