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August 2017

BAC’s Takin’ It to the Streets

August 26 @ 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S Fiske Blvd
Rockledge, FL 32955 United States
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Road and Track calls this event "the one to steer to on the Space Coast." Motor Trend said it's a "hairpin turn away from being the perfect fun-raiser." Okay. No, they didn't. But if we had anything to say about it, the road masters of the magazines would definitely tell you to sign up for this brand new, unique BAC fundraiser. But, don’t take our word for it. Drive over to the event’s page for full details, sponsorship opportunities and a roster of the super sponsors that have already gotten their pole positions.

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September 2017

BAC’s Bunco Fiesta Fundraiser for Very Special Arts Florida-Brevard County

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BAC’s Cafeteria, 1845 Cogswell Street
Rockledge, FL 32955 United States
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$25

Make new friends, or join your own, at BAC's Very Special Arts Florida-Brevard County's (VSAF-BC) first Bunco Fiesta fundraiser! There will be food, drinks, prizes and a 50/50 raffle! Proceeds support this unique arts program for school-aged children and adults with disabilities in Brevard. $25 in advance or $30 at the door Call VSAF-BC Director, Lee Sorensen, at (321) 537-4243 or email her for more information.

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October 2017

BAC’s Very Special Arts Florida-Brevard County’s Performing Arts Showcase

October 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935 United States
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Free

Seven middle and high school Exceptional Student Education (ESE) classes will be chosen to participate in BAC's Very Special Arts Florida-Brevard County's 5th Annual Performing Arts Showcase. The classrooms and teachers will be named at the end of August. Among the group also will be adults with disabilities from BAC. Each classroom works with a visiting artist for eight weeks, one hour per week, to create a performance in either improv theatre, music or dance/movement which is then performed in front of a live audience on the main stage of the King Center for the Performing Arts. This year's Showcase also includes Karen Peterson Dancers (KPD), a Miami-based dance troupe with mixed ability dancers. Karen will share her expertise with teachers and students during the week of the Showcase and perform at the event, too. Simply click the web site below to register. See you at the Showcase!

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Cocoa Village Fall Art & Craft Fair

October 21 @ 10:00 am
Historic Cocoa Village, 319 Brevard Ave
Cocoa, FL 32922 United States
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Free

Like to get your holiday shopping done early? Then come see what our artists with disabilities from The Studio at BAC have created for one of the fall's best loved arts and crafts festivals. From handcrafted Halloween and festive holiday decor to decorative sea-inspired creations made of clay, to fused glass jewelry pieces, you're sure to find an item or two begging you to take it home. Got a collegian in your midst? Be sure to check out our collegiate-inspired rubber door mats perfect for any dorm room, apartment or home. Whatever you choose, we're sure all will be pleased with your selection. Proceeds from all art sales go directly back to The Studio. All major credit cards, cash or checks (with proper i.d.) accepted.

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BAC’s Inaugural E2A Community Awards and NDEAM Event

October 25 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Hilton Rialto, 200 Rialto Place
Melbourne, FL 32901 United States
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$20

As part of its National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) activities, Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) presents the inaugural E2A (Employ, Empower: Achieve) Community Awards.  The E2A Awards honors individuals and organizations across Brevard for creating opportunities that help persons with disabilities achieve personal success. The 2017 E2A Awards' celebration will be held October 25, 2017 at the Hilton Rialto at a community-wide breakfast. In addition to the Awards, the event will feature motivational funny man Brett Leake, a “sit-down” stand-up comic with muscular dystrophy and a stand-up wheelchair user. Leake, who uses humor as a problem-solving device, is the first comedian with a physical disability to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show. Jay Leno said, “He broke up the whole room. People realized here’s a man with a disability and he’s not gonna’ let it bother him.” Leake also has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, the American Comedy Awards and an hour-long comedy special aired on several public broadcasting stations. As a National Humor Treasure Award winner, he joins the ranks of, among others, Gilda Radner, Victor Borge, Sid Caesar, The Smothers Brothers, Art Buchwald, Steve Allen, Bob Newhart, as well as Leno. The E2A Award categories include: Employ, Empower Awards: Recognizes organizations that create work opportunities in the community for people with disabilities Moving Forward Awards: Recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made special effort to assist people with disabilities in gaining new skills Believe and Achieve Awards: Recognizes individuals with disabilities who have made significant personal strides in achieving success through their work or personal lives

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