Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan and education advocate Antoinette “Toni” Hill will headline Washington PAVE’s annual fundraiser Sat., Oct. 20. PAVE supports families and individuals with disabilities, an often forgotten segment of our community severely impacted by funding cuts. By attending this event, guests will help make sure vital services remain to support families in need. Guests may purchase tickets online at www.paveauction.org.
Chauhan, “Iron Chef” competitor and “Chopped” judge, will prepare the evening’s meal and teach the audience about Indian fusion cooking. Hill, the wife of Gen ret. (James) Tom Hill – a 4-star who was the Commander of Fort Lewis, will share her expertise learned through years of work advocating for her 28 year-old daughter with severe disabilities.
State budget cuts affect many of the resources families in our community need to survive and thrive. Families with children or loved ones with disabilities face challenges everyday ranging from mobility to education hurdles. Whether a parent is in search of an advocate to ensure their child’s educational needs are met, or a military family is struggling to understand the regulations on their installation concerning their family with special needs, PAVE has been here to support them since 1979.
Programs that address these issues, like the PAVE 360 Military Family Center and the Response To Intervention (RTI) Parent center, are being cut due to lack of funding. Pierce county families may continue to lose services if the financial gap is not met, leaving countless families unaware of their rights and services guaranteed by law.
PAVE is turning to the community for help maintaining these critical services. “Families affected by disability need to know that they’re not going it alone,” said Tracy Kahlo, Executive Director of PAVE. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have such women of note contribute to the cause, helping us help the greater community.”
About PAVE – Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment:
PAVE is a parent directed non-profit organization based in Tacoma that exists to provide support, advocacy, training, and informational resources to empower families and individuals with disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has helped more than 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents, community members, and professionals throughout the state. Learn more about PAVE at www.wapave.org or call (253)565-2266.