Highlights of the Year (2016)


By:Lisa Goodman


Food….how could that relate to this month’s topic, “highlights of the year” Here’s how- At DIG we celebrate the highlights with food!


All jokes aside the highlights of this year has been in the cases we were successful in and the positive changes that were made as a result. Unfortunately, confidentiality prevents me from disclosing the specifics so I resorted to talking about food! (Haha)


We’ve converted the Friday pizza parties from the days of school to celebratory morning bagels after a case settles. Who am I kidding? We still celebrate with pizza parties. Sometimes pizza is also a must after a very difficult week.


2016 Highlights:


January- Our first Lunch and Learn. Debbie Dietz and Sharon Langer presented information about domestic violence to our office to educate us on the subject matter they were working on for one their grants. Since it’s almost a fact that people listen better when there’s pizza involved, pizza was served!


February- Welcome Lunch for the Spring Interns. We took the spring interns to lunch to get to know them a little out of the office. The best way to open up is over food!


March- Much needed  stress relief pizza.


April- H.O.P.E.  Luncheon at Jungle Island.


May-FAWL’s Third Annual Leadership Summit. While this event did not technically revolve around food, lunch was served. The highlight was being there to hear Sharon Langer speak. This counts!


June- “Welcome Lunch for our summer interns at Flannigan’s.


July- 3rd Lunch & Learn.


August- “Thank you lunch” with our interns at Sergio’s.


September – The WalletCard Fund Raiser at Shake Shack


October- Cupcakes from Veritext


November- Breakfast bagels


December – Stress relief Pizza / Holiday Lunch


As you can see, there’s been many highlights throughout this year. I hope 2017 brings many highlights for us and for each of you!




Balloons and Tunes Party!


5 8 DIG staff with kidsOn Friday, December 13, 2013, Disability Independence Group held its first annual ‘Balloons and Tunes’ Holiday Party at Broward Children’s Center. To make the holidays special for the children who live at Broward Children’s Center, DIG staff met with the children and gave each a shiny Mylar balloon, with balloons ranging from SpongeBob Squarepants to the Little Mermaid, a CD or DVD, depending on each child’s preference, and stickers. It was a festive day full of smiles and laughter, with DIG staff and the children having wheelchair races down the halls, playing games with the balloons, and adorning the children in stickers.

DIG staff was determined to help make the holidays great for the children at BCC, but it was not only the children who were rewarded, the Balloons and Tunes Holiday Party with the children at BCC left a lasting impression on the DIG staff. DIG plans to make the Balloons and Tunes Party a holiday tradition and is already thinking of ways to make the party bigger and better for the children at Broward Children’s Center next year.