By: Ashley Logsdon
This past Friday, Dreams with Wings hosted its 13th annual Jack O Lantern Stroll at The Louisville Slugger Stadium. The Dreams with Wings Foundation helps individuals with mental and developmental disabilities accomplish their everyday tasks. Currently, Dreams with Wings is serving people from the age of three to seventy four. The Foundation helps its clients find jobs and provides them with behavior support and therapy sessions, as well as anything else that the patrons may need to lead normal lives. Dreams with Wings has a day program for the benefactors to be involved in the community through volunteering with the Humane Society. These volunteers go shopping in the mall, go bowling, and much more. Brooke Watts, a Dreams with Wings employee, stated that this is the clients’ favorite event throughout the year. The Jack O Lantern Stroll is free, family-friendly event to the public and is the foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser. This year there were over three thousand pumpkins that were carved by volunteers throughout Louisville. The week leading up to the event, residents of Louisville were invited to Bardstown Road to carve pumpkins for this event. “It is a way for the clients to say thank you and give back to the community. This is their way of saying, ‘Look what I can do,’” Watts said. The patrons of Dreams with Wings helped carve pumpkins, set up for the event, pass out candy, and volunteer with different jobs for the occasion. They were all very excited to see the thousands of attendees having fun and enjoyed having fun as well.
Photos by: Taylor Parks