Cape Abilities Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Cape Abilities Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Hyannis MA, August 29, 2019 – A capacity-filled ballroom of more than 250 friends and family of Cape Abilities recently gathered to celebrate the organization’s fifty-year legacy on Cape Cod.

“A Celebration in Story” was a special salute that capped off a year-long celebration and reflection of Cape Abilities’ five-decades journey as a flagship provider of services and life-changing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Cape Abilities Board Chairperson Marion Broidrick

“The engine that has motivated us has been one of courage, perseverance and fulfillment for our participants,” said Cape Abilities Board Chairman Marion Broidrick, as she addressed attendees at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. “The passion, the professionalism and dedication of the employees. The devotion and support of the families. The tireless efforts and commitment of the volunteers and the generosity and support of our community partners and donors. Together we have built an unstoppable force over the past 50 years that will continue to gain momentum and provide even more life-changing opportunities for the individuals we proudly serve.”

Cape Abilities Henry Svirsky

The voice of those who benefit most from the mission of Cape Abilities – its participants – was represented by Henry Svirsky. Served by the organization since 2012, Hank spoke about his experience working at Cape Abilities Farm. “Cape Abilities has helped me feel like I am part of the community, giving me more self-confidence and an opportunity to learn and grow. Our greatest challenges are our greatest lessons, and with kindness and patience Cape Abilities has given me the tools to be successful.”

The event also celebrated one individual who was an integral part of the legacy and achievements of Cape Abilities when Larry Thayer was presented with the Cape Abilities Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thayer, a former President and CEO of Cape Abilities, was honored for his contributions during his 25 years of service and commitment to our mission.

Larry Thayer and wife, Beth

Cape Symphony’s Jung-Ho Pak (left) with Cape Abilities President & CEO Jonathan Sproul

Also highlighted in the legacy of Cape Abilities was the important role of community partnerships, like that of Special Guest Speaker Jung-Ho Pak and the Cape

Symphony, who recognize the importance of supporting and making the Cape community more inclusive.

“We’re probably two of the most beloved organizations on the Cape, with Cape Abilities celebrating 50 years of public service meeting an incredible need,” said Pak. “Cape Abilities creates opportunities, the Cape Symphony inspires joy, and that’s why we came together for this special, rare event. It was an evening of beauty, joy and love.”

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Proceeds from the 50th Anniversary Celebration benefit the programs and services provide by Cape Abilities to more than 400 individuals with disabilities across Cape Cod.

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About Cape Abilities:
Cape Abilities is a 501 (c) (3) Massachusetts nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve individuals with disabilities by educating, counseling, providing residential, social, therapeutic and employment supports so as to empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in society.

The organization operates programs in Hyannis, Eastham, and Falmouth.

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