“Making the Difference”-Volunteer of the Year: Mrs. Wanda Swift
Mrs. Wanda Swift has lived and served in the Jackson Deaf community for many years. She is married to Bobby Swift who serves on the JCIL Board and is the president of Jackson Chapter of Tennessee Association of the Deaf. They have one son, Matthew who is hearing however his first language was American Sign Language.
This year Wanda donated many hours of service to JCIL. She volunteered in our offices helping with the data entry and daily duties. She also helped to organize, promote, and even cook for our annual Deaf Awareness Luncheon. This spring she took on the challenge of teaching 11 beginning students sign language.
We greatly appreciate her willingness and gracious spirit- she is a great example of volunteerism and the impact it has on the mission of JCIL.
Therefore we are pleased to award
Wanda Swift our “Making the Difference”- Volunteer of the Year
“Making the Difference”-Volunteer Group of the Year: Jackson Ballroom Dance Club
Waltz, Samba, Foxtrot, Swing and Tango are just a few of the dances that the members of the Jackson Ballroom Dance Club enjoy. But did you know that between “cutting a rug” their members also volunteer throughout the West Tennessee Community.
In the past they have performed at nursing homes, Relay for Life events, and participated in fundraisers.
This year in addition they reached out to JCIL and offered to provide our consumers with free dance classes. And boy did the fun begin. We learned to bop to ‘50’s classics and Rumba- the “dance of Love” The club taught two sessions of classes that both ended with pizza parties- one complete with belly dancers!
The Ballroom Dance Club then went a step farther and organized a fundraiser to benefit JCIL- The Harvest Moon Gala. The night was a Dinner/Dance complete with a live Band and Silent Auction. Over $5,800 was raised.
And they have committed to the event again this year.
Please accept our thanks and the JCIL 2014
“ Making the Difference” Volunteer Group of the Year Award
Jackson Ballroom Dance Club
“Making the Difference”-Business of the Year: TB Lighting- Terry Baker
Terry Bakers motto is “Let us light your dark spots” and it describes both his business and his commitment to the community.
This year JCIL partnered with the Jackson Ballroom Dance Club to put on our first Harvest Moon Gala. Northside United Methodist Church had graciously offered us the use of their gym and we were faced with the challenge of turning it into a venue for a dinner/dance.
We called TB Lighting and met with Terry. He immediately started describing the beautiful lighting that he could provide and we unfortunately had to share our budget- which was 0.
But that did not deter Terry- he provided us with the most magical evening and transformed an ordinary gym into a 1920’s ballroom. His lighting was the “highlight” of the event in more ways than one.
JCIL is proud to present the
“Making the Difference”-Business of the Year: TB Lighting