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2017 Advocacy Awards tickets now available

We invite you to join TARC in recognizing those who have provided outstanding service and advocacy for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and for dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at the Marriott Southern Hills Hotel, 1902 East 71st Street, in Tulsa beginning at 6 p.m.

Joey Travolta
Joey Travolta

The TARC Advocacy Awards & Volunteer Recognition will include keynote speaker Joey Travolta who will share his passion for helping students with  intellectual and developmental disabilities develop self-esteem, confidence, and creativity through acting and digital film making.

In addition, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to brothers James and Joe Meadours, pioneering self-advocates who more than 20 years ago were instrumental in organizing the first People First program in Oklahoma and have gone on to earn national acclaim for their support of self-advocacy throughout the U.S.

Master of ceremonies for this year’s event will be KOTV’s “6 In The Morning” personality LeAnne Taylor.

LeAnne Taylor
LeAnne Taylor

For more information, please call 918-582-TARC (8272) or 800-688-TARC (8272).

Please RSVP/purchase tickets no later than Nov. 30.

Please click HERE to RSVP and/or purchase guest/general admission tickets for the 2017 TARC Advocacy Awards & Volunteer Recognition presentation and dinner.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Advocate – Case Manager
Recognizes the OKDHS/DDSD case manager who has surpassed job requirements to advocate for his or her clients.

Advocate – Direct Care Provider
Recognizes the direct contact staff person working for a community provider, who has gone beyond job requirements to advocate for people with disabilities.

Advocate – Educator
Recognizes a public school educator who has promoted the inclusion of children with disabilities in regular school settings.

Advocate – Professional Provider
Recognizes any professional such as a therapist or physician who advocates for people with disabilities beyond their professional responsibilities.

Advocate – Volunteer
Recognizes the volunteer or group of volunteers who, in a program serving people with developmental disabilities, has gone beyond the call of duty to advocate.

Recognizes the self-advocate who has spoken out for all people with disabilities.

Media Advocate
Recognizes the media professional who has effectively promoted better understanding and integration of people with disabilities living in the community.

Advocate – Board Member
Recognizes a member of the board of directors of any non-profit, community based service provider who has gone beyond the interest of his or her agency to become an advocate for all people with disabilities.

Parent Advocate
Recognizes the parent(s) of a person with developmental disabilities who has been a voice for all people with disabilities.

Special Achievement in Advocacy
Recognizes the individual, business, or organization not included in other categories, which through a significant advocacy effort has improved the lives of people with disabilities.

Catalyst of Change
Recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have been catalysts for significant positive change in improving the lives of Oklahomans with developmental disabilities over a long period of time.