Written by Jess Paniszczyn
The Citizens Development Center (CDC) brought a sense of fun and family to the Urban Center when they hosted their 20th Annual Dash for Dignity, a 5K race and 1 mile fun run/walk/roll and family fair near Lake Carolyn on Sep. 14. More than 600 participants took part in the activities which included bounce houses, carnival games and raffles.
“We are getting the word out about what Citizens Development Center does, which is to provide vocational training services and job placement services for adults with disabilities,” said Diane Jones, Associate Executive Director of the CDC. “We’ve been doing it for over 60 years. It is our goal to help individuals with disabilities to have a sense of purpose and dignity in their lives.
“I think this has been one of the best turnouts we have had in many years. So it has been a very successful event today. Just seeing everybody and having a good time has been wonderful.”
Deanna Polner, one of the runners, celebrated achieving a personal goal through the event.
“I’m having a great time. This is my first 5K,” Polner said. “I did really well. I didn’t croak or anything, so I’m very proud of myself actually.