The Fish-Abled Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving Rockford, Belvidere, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Rockton and Roscoe, since its founding in June 2012. Fish-Abled operates from grants, donations and two fund-raisers a year, which pay for the participants’ expenses of trips. Fish-Abled is for disabled adults in the cities listed above.
Participants go on what is called a “Day-Cation” once per month at no cost. The purpose is to get them out in the community for activities and networking with each other. The biggest fund-raiser of the year is the Second Annual Italian Sausage Dinner, which is from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at the SM&SF Club, 1010 Sandy Hollow Road in Rockford. The cost is $10 per ticket, which includes a sausage sandwich (the same as served at Festa Italiana), chips, salads and dessert. There will be a cash bar available. You do not need to be present to win a 42-inch flat-panel TV. Only 300 tickets were printed. Included is a very nice selection of donations by local businesses for Chinese and silent auctions. There will be a 50/50 raffle and bake sale. NFL games will be shown during the event.
Eric Fishe, the foundation president, said: “This fund-raiser helps us a lot for the next year, and it’s a popular one. We sold out at last year’s event! Our membership went from four last year to over 100 currently, so as you can see, this program is greatly needed.”
Check out the website at fishabled.com, which is currently under reconstruction. You can call the Fish-Abled Foundation at (815) 494-4998.
From the Sept. 4-10, 2013, issue