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Wellspring joins to inspire, and give thanks

The Wellspring Wonders Choir performs for guests.

By Elizabeth Wood West with photo by Damon Edmond

Wellspring Community’s third annual “Evening of Inspiration” exceeded all expectations regarding attendance, impact, and donations.

Wellspring founder Mary Lou Fenton said, “We have received amazing feedback from guests – that the evening was truly ‘honoring’ to our participants and inspiring to guests as they learned about Wellspring’s innovative programs. This is a place where adults with special needs have the opportunity to produce marketable products, experience a broad range of enrichment classes, enjoy the warmth of friendship, and even perform before audiences. Wellspring gives these adults the opportunity to experience a sense of pride in their accomplishments and learn about their significance in God’s eyes,” she said.

Three hundred guests attended the event hosted by Cielo at Castle Pines. All were treated to a buffet dinner by Tony Rosacci Catering and desserts from Wellspring’s Best Buddies Bakery. Holiday music by the Memories Ballroom Dance Band included a performance by the Wellspring Wonders Choir (pictured right). The program also included testimonials from staff, parents, and Wellspring’s young adults.

Contributions continue to come in, and thus far this year’s event has raised more than $65,000, including a $10,000 matching grant from Mission Increase Foundation.

Wellspring Community is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to young adults with special needs. Its mission is to provide ongoing educational and enrichment activities to foster intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth; to create specially modified and supported business enterprises where participants can enjoy meaningful, successful employment; and to provide a variety of long-term, supervised residential options.

Fenton encourages businesses and organizations to consider purchasing Wellspring’s Best Buddies Bakery products for clients and customers. “When you purchase from Best Buddies Bakery, you’re not only getting delicious, made-from-scratch baked goods, you are empowering a life,” said Fenton. For information about Best Buddies Bakery, call 303-880-6000.

Wellspring’s 2012 Work and Enrichment Program will begin January 3. For information about the 2012 Work and Enrichment program or general information, call 303-660-1935 or visit www.wellspringcommunityonline.org.

Wellspring founder Mary Lou Fenton

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