Jubilee’s Ribbon Cutting
President of the Association Board Karrie Peterson, Executive Director Tim Wiens, Senator Madaleno, Mayor of Kensington Tracey Furman, and Delegate Waldstreicher
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On July 10th, individuals, staff, elected officials, board members, family and friends gathered at Jubilee’s office to cut the ribbon of the newly renovated building. Proudly wearing their new Jubilee shirts, attendee’s fellowshipped amongst each other while enjoying dinner and touring the new building. Eivind Bjerke, Jubilee’s new Foundation Board member, started the official program by introducing his grandchildren, Kristopher and Kristiana, who entertained the crowd. Kristiana sang throughout the evening while her brother, Kristopher, played the accordion. Executive Director, Tim Wiens and President of the Association Board, Karrie Peterson, thanked everyone who made the renovations achievable, shining light on the employees who have been patient during the transition. Tim also acknowledged the Ruby Society and the first forty families who have agreed to include Jubilee in their planned giving efforts. Maryland Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. and Maryland Delegate Jeffrey Waldstreicher were also in attendance and gave remarks. They thanked Jubilee for being a part of District 18 and vowed to continue to support Jubilee’s efforts in the field of developmental disabilities. Senator Madaleno and Delegate Waldstreicher successfully advocated for Jubilee to receive the Capital Bond Bill that was necessary to raise funds for the renovations. The Capital Bond Bill provides Jubilee with $200,000 which Jubilee will match dollar for dollar. The Mayor of Kensington, Tracey Furman, was also in attendance and thanked Jubilee for our work in Montgomery County. Our mission is personal for her as her daughter is a person with a disability. The evening continued as Tim Wiens, Senator Madaleno, Delegate Waldstreicher, Mayor Furman, and Association Board President, Karrie Peterson cut the ribbon on the new building. To commemorate such a great evening, a group picture was taken with everyone in attendance.
We’d like to thank Senator Madaleno, Jr. and Delegate Waldstreicher for supporting the Bond Bill to fund our renovations. We also thank Kristiana and Kristopher for an amazing performance, and Eivind and Hans of Georgetown for providing invaluable personal care bags for each of Jubilee’s 135 individuals through the Look Good Feel Better initiative, and the “Day of Beauty” prize which was raffled at the event. We look forward to utilizing this new space to better serve our individuals.