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Holiday E-Newsletter

Christmas Barbecue

On December 11, 2012, over 400 hundred community members came together for the 4th Annual Christmas Barbecue. The night consisted of great home-made barbecue food, delicious desserts, and the special celebration of Loveland Center’s 50th year of service.

Venice Mayor John Holic and State Senator Nancy Detert made proclamations in honor of Loveland Center’s 50th year of serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

Guests purchased student mosaic work and handmade jewelry, and also perused and bid on silent auction items. After beautiful performances by the Loveland Players, guests bid on a variety of items, including several get-a-ways. A very special piece of jewelry, designed by Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold, made of gold, emeralds, and rubies and showcasing Loveland’s logo was auctioned off as well.

Over the past four years, the Annual Christmas Barbecue has become a strong fundraiser for Loveland Center. We want to thank all of the guests and table sponsors for attending, volunteers for helping ensure its success, and silent and live auction donors for their generosity. A special thank you to Brent Pinkerton of Purpose Employer Solutions and Jeff French of Peacock & French CPAs for donating and preparing the delicious food! We are so grateful to everyone who helped make the 4th Annual Christmas Barbecue a huge success!

To see pictures from the event, CLICK HERE.

Lovelanders Luncheon & Fashion Show

Fashion hit the Plantation Golf and Country once again for the Lovelanders Luncheon and Fashion show. Not a seat was empty as models graced the stage in attire from Patchingtons.
“The Fashion Show was just wonderful, everyone had a great time. There were great items in the raffle and silent auction, and the modles were so beautiful.” said Ann Graybeal, a member of the Loveland Center board of directors. “The best part is that community members can come and support the students at Loveland.”

Your contributions and attendance at the fashion show help the Lovelanders’ continue to provide meaningful activities and support to Loveland Center students.

Gulf Coast Gives

Help Loveland Center students achieve creative accomplishments, increase self-esteem, and advance social and communication skills through art therapy! Donate to Loveland’s project on Gulf Coast Gives, and help us raise $250. To donate, click here.  Find out more!

Thank You!

Loveland Center is very fortunate to receive grants from local and national funders.

  • $25,000 awarded from the Montei Foundation to complete the Snoezelen Room and purchase vehicle wraps
  • $200 awarded from the Community Foundation at the Venice Golf and Country Club for the Supported Living program


New Faces     

As the end of the year comes around there are several new faces now walking the halls and standing in front of the classroom at Loveland Center. Jocelyn, a former caregiver and teacher, now teaches students at Loveland Center important life skills that they can utilize in their everyday life, such as washing dishes and sweeping. Additionally, she assists students in nutrition and healthy eating as well as math and reading. Jocelyn loves working at Loveland Center because she says, “the people I work with are great. I love the students. They are all so dynamic and have something special to offer.” Another new face at Loveland Center is Lisa. After moving here two years ago, she became involved with the Loveland follies as a volunteer and continues to do that. Along with volunteering with the follies, Lisa works at Loveland by filling in for classes and administration work—dealing with student files, paperwork and resolving any other problems that may arise. When asked what about working at Loveland Center Lisa enjoys, she simply states, “It’s just fun to be here.”


A Year of Growth      

What started out as a trial has blossomed into something grand! Earlier in the year, Contracts Instructor Frank Mitton decided to introduce students to beading projects during slow contract sessions. Students truly enjoyed learning the process, and slowly graduated to more intricate styles of beading. They began to sell the student work at Loveland events, and the program has truly grown!

All of the students enjoy the challenges that are associated with constructing pieces of jewelry.
Julie and Jim are two of the top earners in the program. Their work is quickly sold because of the intricate workmanship and beautiful designs.
“Necklaces and bracelets are what I like to make the most. I like to work on the layout of the designs.” Julie said about her favorite part of making jewelry.
“I like to work on the hard ones,” Jim said  “The harder ones that I make turn out better, and the better they are the more money it costs which reflects in what I receive.”

“I am amazed to see how much the students have progressed in a year,” said Frank, the creator and instructor of the beading program. “I am surprised how easily that the students picked up the sequence and symmetry. The skills that the students are learning can help them obtain employment within the community. Prioritizing tasks and taking complex instructions are just a few skills that students take away from beading class.” To commission a piece, please contact . To view samples already created, check out our Facebook page.


Thanksgiving Recap     

The staff and students of Loveland Center always say that Loveland is like one big family. So, then, what better place to spend Thanksgiving dinner than with your family?

Each year for the past five years, the staff puts on a Thanksgiving dinner for the students. For the Phase II students, the staff prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in the large kitchen, receiving assistance from some of the students during preparation. This meal provides Loveland Center students and staff to come together to enjoy and celebrate the holiday together. “For some, this will be the only Thanksgiving dinner that they have,” Karen Hodges, Phase II Instructor, said of the event. “Some of these students don’t have a family to celebrate with and after a certain time we are their family.”

One of the students who enjoys the Phase II meal is Janice.  For the past four years, Janice has enjoyed coming together with students and beloved staff members and celebrating Thanksgiving with them. “I like the people the most,” Janice said when asked why she loves the Thanksgiving dinner. “And the gravy.”

On the main campus, students, staff, and the Lovelanders come together and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner

that is served by Loveland’s staff.  “This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the Lovelanders and enjoy a delicious meal withs students”, said Daniela Poinsett, Program & Grant Specialist. The staff of Loveland Center is happy to be able to provide a meal such as this, summing up their feelings with the meal’s mantra, “One big family.” Check out our Facebook album of the Thanksgiving festivities on the Loveland campus.