Journeys in Community Living - 2015 Annual Celebration and Silent Auction set for June 11

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Local nonprofit Journeys in Community Living is asking for the community's support at its 2015 Annual Celebration & Silent Auction, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Murfreesboro.

Tables and tickets are on sale now at the nonprofit's website (events section at www.journeystn.org) or by visiting the facility at 1130 Haley Rd. Arrangements can also be made by calling 615-890-4389 and asking for the development department.

This year's celebration will once again benefit the more than 120 people with intellectual disabilities that are served by Journeys' programs 365 days a year, aiding them in leading more independent lives. Vocational rehabilitation, residential and healthcare oversight services are just a few of the programs offered at Journeys.

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The silent auction portion of the event will kick off at 5 p.m. sharp, with an appetizer buffet and awards ceremony following soon after. The awards ceremony will be emceed by Kelli Beam with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

Kelli has long been known in the community as someone who supports people with disabilities, said Mark Bell, Journeys development coordinator.

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"She is always heartfelt in her approach at our event, which is why we've asked her to serve as emcee for the third year in a row," Bell said, via a press release.

Among those awarded this year will be one very special honoree who is served by Journeys. This person has made serious strides over the past year towards regaining independence.

An internal panel at Journeys is still working to determine who this year's award winners will be, but if you have a suggestion for an award and recipient, please email mark.bell@journeysincommunity.org.

Bell said this year's event is expected to build on the successes of the 2014 event, which raised approximately $35,000 for people with disabilities, A few "tweaks" have been made to make things even more enjoyable, he added.

"The event is entering its fourth year now and is really beginning to mature into something more than we could have anticipated," he said, in the release. "We have an excellent crew of volunteers this year who are spending their time hunting down some very awesome auction items. There are going to be some real treasures this year."

Bell said he and his staff of volunteer fundraisers learned a lot over the past couple of years about what it is that makes an event successful. He and the staff are also taking advice from those who attended last year's event to make things even better.

"We have definitely streamlined some things," he said. "Even faster auction checkout times. Access to one's seat upon arrival. A more condensed and focused awards program. These are all things we've heard about from guests and we are addressing them head-on."

More information on this year's event can be found on Journeys Website at www.journeystn.org.

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