AUCD for All 2021 Virtual Gala: Celebrating 50 Years of Leadership: Looking Back, Moving Forward

The 2021 AUCD for ALL Gala took place virtually on April 14th. The event celebrated 50 years of AUCD leadership as well as amplified the voices of current and future leaders. See the About page for more information on AUCD’s 50th, the Sponsors page for our list of current Sponsors, and the Support AUCD page to learn how you can support AUCD in other ways. The AUCD virtual Gala was free to all!

View and download the Gala Participant Toolkit here:

Toolkit for Virtual Gala April 14, 2021

Virtual Event Details:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

7:00pm – Virtual social hour and networking on zoom
8:00pm – Virtual Program and Honoree Recognition on Facebook and YouTube public platforms
9:00pm – Close

8pm Program:
Tawara Goode (AUCD Board President & DC UCEDD) – welcome
John Tschida – welcome and committee/sponsor thank you’s
George Jesien (past AUCD ED) – AUCD history and important contributors
Carol Salas (AUCD Board & PR UCEDD) – Emcee and program start
Honoree Karen Irick (Jeiri Flores and Richard Ferrante intro)
Tim Shriver – featured speaker (Shawn Aleong intro)
Honoree Rep. Blunt Rochester (Bill Kiernan intro)
Gala entertainment – Peter Ogik
John Tschida – talk about AUCD current impact and moving forward
Carol Salas – program close

The Gala Social Hour provided both American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access in Realtime (CART) captioning. The Gala program included ASL, CART captioning and Audio Description (AD).