Every year, MICC's Champion's Breakfast is more than a ceremony. It's a heartfelt tradition that underscores the values and purpose of MICC. The gathering revolves around the spirit of unity, recognition, and hope. It envisions a world where individuals on the autism spectrum and those with learning differences are not on the periphery but are central, thriving figures, recognized and valued for their unique talents and contributions.
As attendees settled into their seats, the atmosphere was electrified by the charisma of Grant S. A proud representative of MICC as a first-year Community participant, Grant’s journey to becoming a camera operator for the Neighborhood Sports Network exemplifies the mission of MICC.
Perhaps one of the most touching segments was the recognition of those marking milestones of independence. As Alexis Ries and Dominic Ficocello took the stage for their 10-year recognition, their pride was palpable. Sara Owen’s commendation for 20 years of independence was met with a booming ovation, exemplifying the very essence of MICC’s mission.
It wasn’t just external champions who were in the limelight. Amy Gudmestad, with pride in her eyes, recognized employees like Ben Lentz, Erik Hatlen, David Marcis, and Clare Schmid-DeBo for their 5-year dedication to MICC. Board members Nikki Fetter and Becca Meinz were lauded for having passionately served MICC till the end of their terms.
In essence, the MICC's Champion's Breakfast was not just an event; it was a tapestry of stories, achievements, and dreams, weaving together a brighter future of inclusivity and recognition for the autism community.
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