Members of the Max Starkloff Society gathered to celebrate a milestone year for the organization on June 22nd, and revel in the achievements of SDI and the Dream BIG pilot program. They met on the lovely terrace of Meadowhill, the home of SDI board member John Jay Meier III. Guests included Society members, Board Members, Career Academy graduates, a Dream BIG family and new friends to introduce to the organization.

Jesse Rudolph, a Dream BIG participant, was on hand to tell guests about his whirlwind week and how their gifts to the Institute make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.   He was joined by other individuals who have benefitted from the life-changing programs of Starkloff.

The Starkloff Disability Institute Young Friends also made their debut to the party and mingled with guests to share their mission to support SDI. It was a very special evening for all in attendance.

The spirit of disability rights pioneer Max J. Starkloff lives on with recipients of the Pioneer Award, presented each year at this Society gathering. These extraordinary individuals forge a path through often difficult terrain so that people with disabilities can live full and independent lives.

Pioneers are courageous; they are dreamers who believe in a better life; they are hopeful and optimistic, ready to face challenges. Max Starkloff was a pioneer. This award is given only to those special individuals who understand his mission and his journey, who help carry on his legacy.

Colleen Starkloff and Society President Ray Hartmann presented the Pioneer Award to Stephen Jones, trustee of the Orthwein Foundation.

Check out photos from the night here.

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