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Message From The CEO
Shore Friends and Family,
I hope you and your loved ones have continued to stay safe and well. I must say that seeing the sunshine during these summer months certainly helps brighten the world outside! While our Day Programs remain closed for the time being, we deeply appreciate all of the energy, strength, and love that you continue to bring to Shore, whether near or far.
It is no surprise that people, businesses, communities, and organizations, just like ours, are in a state of uncertainty. Circumstances had us cancel our in-person activities and events, including our annual Spring Benefit and Golf Outing. Yet, on June 6, 2020, we held our first-ever virtual event via zoom! It was a great success and, although on a computer screen, it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and some new ones as well.
Our honorees, Dr. James and Mrs. Rita Sheinin, received the Thomas and Lois Lloyd Humanitarian Award, named after Shore’s founders. Mrs. Sheinin shared their journey with Shore, which started when their son Richard, or “Dick,” was just a toddler. Through the years, the Sheinins found that Dick was able to thrive with the support and services of organizations, like Shore. Dick eventually returned to us as an adult to explore his interests and develop skills through our Day Programs. He also found a home at Shore Homes East, where he has been living for the past 35 years! The Sheinins are a true testament to the impact that Shore has, not just on individuals, but on families as a whole.
Speaking of impact. Due to the generosity of our community, we raised nearly $150,000 for our mission through our virtual event! We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters, from in-kind donors and sponsors to individual givers and everyone who joined us for the zoom event! Special thanks goes to The Coleman Foundation and an Anonymous Donor, which together provided $50,000 in matching gifts!
Although we could not gather in person, and we still have many challenges ahead, it is clear that our Shore community continues to rally together for the benefit of our mission and the over 400 individuals with disabilities who are the heart and soul of our organization. We are stronger together. We are better together. We will get through this together.
Again, thank you for all that you do for Shore!
Yours in grateful appreciation,
India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
(847) 982-2030 ext. 215