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Tacachale Celebrates 30 years of Holiday Lights

GAINESVILLE, FL—Tacachale Center in Gainesville is hosting two community events to celebrate the Holidays and is inviting the public to come and enjoy the fun. Tacachale is located at 1621 Northeast Waldo Road and is home to 404 people with developmental disabilities.

On December 9, the center will host its annual Holiday Parade beginning at 10 a.m. School bands, ROTC units, law enforcement agencies, antique cars, floats, and Santa will ride through the Tacachale campus.

On December 11, Tacachale will host its 30th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:45 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony is a festive event with tree trimming and holiday songs. There is a strong chance that Santa Claus may make a surprise appearance. The festivities are free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the fun activities including tree trimming. Joyce Smith, Coordinator with the University of Florida Health Office for Regional and Governmental Affairs, will serve as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.  Father Roland Julien from St. Patrick Catholic Church will provide the invocation. Performers include the Duval Elementary Choir and the Tacachale Carolers.

Tacachale is seeking sponsors for its Christmas Home Adoption.  Individuals or groups who would like to sponsor a home are asked to provide a gift for each person living there and to throw a small party with light refreshments. For more details, contact Erin Saunders at (352) 955-5973.

Additionally, the generosity of the Gainesville community is sought to help meet the Holiday wish list of Tacachale residents. Tax deductible donations can be made to Tacachale Christmas 2014 and mailed to:

Tacachale Volunteer Services

1621 NE Waldo Road

Gainesville, FL  32609

For more information about the tree lighting ceremony activities, contact Cindy Boyd at (352) 955-5981 or cindy.boyd@apdcares.org. For details about the parade or donations, contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Paula Hawkins at (352) 955-5958 or paula.hawkins@apdcares.org.

Tacachale is operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. To learn more about the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273) or visit APDcares.org.


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Tacachale’s Upcoming Spring Events

Guest post by Tacachale Center Administrator Michael Mayfield

 

Tacachale is a Developmental Disabilities Center located in Gainesville, and is operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.    We recently celebrated the return of warmer weather with the annual Spring Fling event.  There were games, prizes, music, sno-cones, cotton candy, and other treats!   Several volunteers from the University of Florida helped make it a fun day for our residents.

Tacachale has many exciting upcoming events, too.  Several residents of Tacachale are involved in AKtion Club, which is a service oriented club under the umbrella of Kiwanis.  The residents and staff are busy preparing 40 Easter baskets to be presented to children from a local domestic violence shelter on April 16.  Everyone involved has been having a great time, and we have invited the children to receive their baskets at a pizza party held in one of our activity centers.  This way the residents and staff can see the excitement and joy of the children firsthand, reinforcing the belief that giving pays off!

Controlled Chaos is back from their well-deserved hiatus.  This talented and enthusiastic singing and dancing group comprised of residents and a few staff members have performed at a local theater in Gainesville, outside the Capitol in Tallahassee, in addition to many other places.  Their next performances will be April 19 at the Alachua Arc’s Disabilities Day celebration, before heading up to Fanning Springs on May 10 for performances at the Disability Expo being co-sponsored by APD and the Florida Disabilities Outdoor Association.  In all, April should prove to be an exciting and fun-filled month!


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Tacachale Prepares for the Holidays

GAINESVILLE, FL—Tacachale Center in Gainesville is hosting two community events to celebrate the Holidays. Tacachale is located at 1621 Northeast Waldo Road and is home to 417 people with developmental disabilities.  On December 6, the center will host its annual Holiday Parade beginning at 10 a.m. School bands, ROTC units, law enforcement agencies, antique cars, floats and Santa will ride through the Tacachale campus.

On December 11, Tacachale will host its 29th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony is a festive event with tree trimming and holiday songs. There is a strong chance that Santa Claus may make a surprise appearance. The festivities are free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the fun activities including some tree trimming. David Snyder of WCJB-TV 20 will serve as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.  Father Roland Julien from St. Patrick Catholic Church will provide the invocation. Performers include the Duval Elementary Choir and the Tacachale Carolers.

Additionally, the generosity of the Gainesville community is sought to help meet the Holiday wish list of Tacachale residents. Tax deductible donations can be made to

Tacachale Christmas 2013 and mailed to:

Tacachale Volunteer Services
1621 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL  32609

For more information about the tree lighting ceremony activities, contact Cindy Boyd at (352) 955-5829 or cindy.boyd@apdcares.org. For details about the parade or donations, contact Rosa Williams at (352) 955-5958 or rosa.williams@apdcares.org.

Tacachale is operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information on iBudget Florida, visit iBudgetFlorida.org. To learn more about the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273) or visit APDcares.org.

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The December Champion is Here!

This month’s stories:

APD Director Barbara Palmer gets into the Holiday spirit. APD customers and their families talk about the benefits that iBudget brings to their lives. More stories are shared about the success of Disability Mentoring Day activities all across Florida. Governor Scott makes appointments to the Area 15 Family Care Council. Tacachale prepares to welcome the Holidays with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. And a fraternity helps families in need. These and many more stories are in the December issue of The Champion—APD’s monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy it!

http://apdcares.org/champion/

If you’re interested in reading past editions, please visit us online at: http://apdcares.org/news/newsletters/