A community of over 230 supporters came out Saturday, February 11, for DNMM's seventh annual Feathers and Fedoras fundraiser. The event, hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Riverfront in Bay City, included immersive roaring 20s art-deco décor, heavy hors d'oeuvres, casino games, auctions, giggle waters, and live music by Stone Street Revival. Also featured during the evening were a “Newsies” stand, a red-carpet experience, and 1920s era dance instruction by Dance By Angela.
Proceeds from the event benefited DNMM’s programs that support the independent living goals of people with disabilities throughout twelve counties in mid-Michigan.
“Everyone in this room is making a critical difference in the lives of so many in our communities,” said DNMM Executive Director Kelly PeLong. “Their support directly influences our core services that provide peer support and mentoring, independent living skill building, community transitions, advocacy at the individual and systems level and information and referral services.”
Feathers and Fedoras is a celebration of community. Whether it is a young adult with disabilities gaining the skills and confidence needed for life after high school or someone with disabilities transitioning from a nursing home back to an independent living environment, they are able to fully access and participate in their community. As advocates for people with disabilities, it is DNMM’s vision to remove barriers to success for every individual, every organization, every commercial enterprise, and every community.
“The success of Feathers and Fedoras is due to a community of dedicated and diverse individuals,” added PeLong. “From our corporate sponsors and supporters throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, to our passionate volunteers, staff, and the consumers we serve, we are working together to create accessible and inclusive communities where all people can fully participate and belong.”