Ripley Rotary “Gives a Flick” about the Jackson County Development Center’s latest endeavors.
The JCDC, whose mission is to provide employment and other opportunities individual with disabilities, visited the Ripley Rotary Club during its meeting Wednesday, May 23, at the Jackson General Hospital Learning Center.
Sara Rose is development and communications specialist at JCDC, while Jessica Burch is production supervisor. The two talked about JCDC’s upcoming second annual Give a Flick Charity Disc Golf Open.
The 24-hole, two-round event is a Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned event set for Oct. 13 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. There are divisions for both men and women. Just as traditional golf tournaments raise funds for nonprofit organizations, this tournament is designed to do the same.
JCDC specializes in recognizing the potential in individuals and new opportunities, Rose and Burch said. Disc golf is an excellent example of an opportunity to match the people the JCDC serves with a fully inclusive sport that can be incorporated into their daily lives, thereby improving their quality of life.
Rose and Burch said supporting the event helps JCDC’s programs for individuals with disabilities and their life choices.
“We encourage and support employment,” Rose said. “The individuals who are not able to work are supported through other programs such as Medicaid Waiver Services. Extra activities and supplies for such services are not budgeted by the fee for service reimbursement system of West Virginia.”
JCDC is also involved in Special Olympics. The day after the disc golf event, experienced disc golfers will be leading workshops and clinics for athletes of Special Olympics. Twenty four athletes from Jackson County are anticipated for the event, Rose and Burch said.
Rose and Burch said JCDC expects 120 disc golfers from across West Virginia and Ohio.
There are two categories of sponsorship – corporate and individual/small business. Their are four levels in each category. In the corporate category, the sponsorship levels are $500 for birdie, $750 for eagle, $1,000 for albatross and $2,000 for ace. At the individual/small business level, the sponsorships are $25 for JCDC caddy, $50 for rookie, $75 for amateur and $100 for professional.
More information on the event, including the cost for each division, can be found at jcdcwv.org, or by emailing rose at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 304-210-5506.
Based out of Millwood, JCDC offers six types of cleaning cloths and bar towels for retail and wholesale purchase. Products are available on Amazon and Ebay. The integrated work facility employs more than 180 people, with and without disabilities, throughout a multi-county region.
In other Rotary business:
• Christy Crowell, director of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, received the club’s Service Above Self Award.