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6:00pm – Networking Reception and Honoree Recognition
8:00pm – Dessert and Entertainment

Attire: You are invited to wear professional attire for this event. Formal dress is not required.

This Event is Fragrance-Free: For the comfort of all, we discourage all attendees from wearing perfumes, colognes, or scented hair or body products before or during this event.


21 and Able
21andableThe United Way of Southwestern PA’s 21 and Able initiative supports people with disabilities who are transitioning out of high school and youth-serving supportive services systems to pursue further education, work, live independently, and participate actively in their communities.  As part of 21 and Able, there are two major employment projects:  The #IWantToWork Campaign, a social media self-advocacy campaign that is effectively moving Pennsylvania policies to ensure employment success for people with disabilities and 21 and Able’s Career Transition Project, an innovative employment and training initiative that works with young people with disabilities and the Human Resources departments of companies and organizations to secure work experience and paying jobs.
During the gala, you can visit with those involved in the 21 and Able initiative, learn about #IWantToWork’s efforts to make Pennsylvania an Employment First state, and learn about the Career Transition Project. Also view photos and stories, take pictures with friends and colleagues and participate in social media advocacy with the #IWantToWork campaign!

The Poses Family Foundation (PFF)

PFFlogoThe Poses Family Foundation (PFF) works to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, in large part by influencing private sector hiring practices through their Workplace Initiative. This initiative includes three main parts: a national program that supports advising services, alongside nonprofit partners, and large corporations on how to create or expand disability inclusion programs; a local program building coalitions to assist companies in hiring people with disabilities in communities across the country; and a field-building initiative to accelerate learning and funder collaboration.  The Workplace Initiative has over 250 national partners including funders like Autism Speaks, ICD NY, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Kessler Foundation, NY Collaborates for Autism, The Craig H. Neilson Foundation, The Ruderman Family Foundation, and 100% Wine.
Transition to Work
ttw-banner_resize1524__1_1Transitions to Work trains young adults with disabilities, helping them develop job skills to launch their careers.  Program participants receive intensive job-specific training, followed by job placement and coaching services.  Graduates are prepared and qualified for the jobs to which they are hired.  Transitions to Work also builds relationships with employers to create job opportunities, promote inclusive hiring practices, and raise awareness about the benefits of inclusive employment. Transitions to Work is made possible through a collaboration among CJP, the Ruderman Family Foundation and Jewish Vocational Service. At the gala, visit with representatives from the Ruderman Family Foundation and Transition to Work project and learn about upcoming initiatives as well as watch or listen to a video explaining the program.

Entertainment: Eddie Baccus Jr. and Straight to the Point

eddie-baccus-jrAUCD sincerely thanks Eddie Baccus Jr. and the Straight to the Point musicians for their in-kind donation in the form of a generously discounted fee to play at the AUCD Gala. 

Eddie Baccus Jr. is a powerhouse saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who initially made his mark on the music world touring with jazz sensation Pieces of Dream. He has graced stages in every continent except Antarctica! As a touring member of the group for a decade and a half, Baccus had the opportunity to perform with and alongside a virtual who’s who in the traditional jazz, urban jazz, and R&B worlds, most notably including Luther Vandross; Jeffrey Osborne; War; Rick Braun; Grover Washington, Jr.; George Duke; Lester Bowie; Earth, Wind and Fire; India Arie; and Stevie Wonder. Baccus also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied Music Performance & Education.

As the son of famed blind organist and pianist Eddie Baccus Sr, Baccus has a unique connection to both music and the disability community. He is humbled to perform for the 2017 AUCD for All Gala and does so in his father’s honor.

Straight to the Point features:
Micah Smith and Karen Linette on vocals, Alvin White on guitar, Craig Alston on keys, Kevin Walker on bass, and Tim Steele on drums.