Lincoln Training Center’s 32nd annual Affair of the Heart

Lincoln Training Center’s clients of the year and its honorees were recognized at the 32nd annual Affair of the Heart, held at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 9, 2016, themed the Great Gatsby Gala.

Many of the 350 guests came in 1920’s-era attire. Among the dignitaries in attendance were California Assemblymember Ed Chau and representatives from the offices of L.A. County Board of Supervisors Hilda Solis, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Assemblymember Chris Holden.

The late Jim Davis of National Certified Insurance, the event’s presenting sponsor for the past 9 years, received the President’s award for his generous donations to LTC for more than 27 years, including several vehicles used to transport clients to their work sites in the community. The award was accepted by family members Roxanne and Eric Harvey.

The Board of Directors award was presented to Georg Fisher Signet, providing employment opportunities to LTC clients over the past 21 years.

Annually, LTC pays tribute to the Client of the Year, with this year’s honor going to the Fenner work crew, who service the rest areas and grounds off of the I-40 near Essex, in San Bernardino County. The crew of fifteen and their supervisors ensured the restrooms were well stocked and immaculate and the grounds were kept spotless. The honorees included Joseph Armijo, Ina Bunch, Martin Cansio, Dontay Franklin, Curtis Goodin, Virgil Hunt, Heidi Keddie, Andrew Knox, Zacharia Murphy, Garrett Rice, Stephen Ruiz, Jvonte Scott, Martha Washington, Cory Williams, and Adam Yanez.

LTC’s retired Rehabilitation Counselor Lehn Tenedora received special recognition for her countless contributions to Lincoln over her 30-year career, including the formation and directing of the Center’s “Signs of Music” client group, who performed to songs using American Sign Language.

The night was filled with dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a live silent auction.

Silent auction items included weekend getaways, tickets to local attractions, gift certificates, and services. All proceeds from the event will be used to support LTC programs.

The Center was founded in 1964 by a group of parents for the purpose of providing meaningful employment for adults with disabilities. In 2010, LTC was honored as nonprofit of the year by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) for its work helping adults with disabilities find meaningful work.

For more than 50 years, LTC has provided the independence that comes with employment for thousands of adults with disabilities. Living into its Mission Statement – Lincoln Training Center turns disabilities and disadvantages into possibilities through employment, independence and community participation.