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10 Years of Search Trailblazers: Our Honorees

10 Years of Search Trailblazers: Leading the Way in Inclusive Adventures will be held on Friday, June 7th at Venue West. 

Our 2024 Trailblazer Award honorees make our unique, inclusive travel program, Search for Adventure, possible. Search for Adventure (SFA) is our one-of-a-kind program that provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities travel experiences to destinations near and far. These adventures create rich opportunities for people to explore the world beyond their door, expand their horizons and experience the joy of a vacation. These experiences strengthen our commitment to our mission by empowering the inclusion of people with disabilities in communities nationwide and creating more accessible, welcoming communities.  

Our 2024 honorees embody innovation in this area and have allowed us to grow SFA through their efforts. Learn more about our 2024 honorees below! 


 Toad&Co., under the leadership of Gordon Seabury, CEO

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Our 2024 John Lipscomb Trailblazer Award honoree is Toad&Co under the leadership of Gordon Seabury. The John Lipscomb Trailblazer Award is given each year to an honoree with an innovative vision for partnerships and collaboration, amplifying positive connections with those we support year after year. Gordon2.JPG

The partnership between Toad&Co. and Search began in 1997, when John Lipscomb, Search CEO at the time, met Gordon Seabury, Toad&Co.’s CEO. John observed Toad&Co administrative staff picking and packing orders in their office headquarters and the rest is history. The two men developed a plan to open a mutually-beneficial third-party logistics warehouse, the Planet Access Company, that trained and employed adults with disabilities. Using revenue generated from warehouse operations, in 2004, Toad&Co. and Search partnered to launch Search for Adventure, taking the first trip to Graceland in Memphis, TN. 

Under Gordon Seabury’s visionary leadership of Toad&Co., the partnership flourished. Search for Adventure has reached over 200 individuals with trips to over 43 destinations, creating countless positive connections for those we support. For his many years of visionary leadership of Toad&Co and his work in making Search for Adventure come to life, we are excited to honor Gordon and Toad&Co. with our 2024 John Lipscomb Trailblazers Award. 


1% for the Planet

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1% for the Planet began in 2002 to accelerate environmental giving by corporations through a certification. 1% for the Planet member organizations commit to donating at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes. Over the 20 years since its founding, 1% for the Planet has certified over $600 million in environmental giving and has become well-known globally. 

Search Inc. is one such recipient of environmental giving through Toad&Co’s 1% for the Planet commitment. In 2013, Search for Adventure joined the 1% network after being connected through Toad&Co’s support.  

This was a milestone in the 1% community as SFA was the first ever human services environmental partner in the 1% for the Planet network! 1% for the Planet recognized human services agencies like Search play an essential role in creating a healthy, sustainable planet that cares for each person on it.  Their visionary link between people and planet gets to the very heart of SFA.

For 1% for the Planet’s dedication to opening the lives of people with disabilities to memorable and transformational experiences, we are thrilled to honor them with our 2024 Trailblazer Award! 


Search for Adventure

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Finally, we are honoring our program Search for Adventure (SFA) and the many staff who have made it possible through the years. As an innovator in improving the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, SFA is a one-of-a-kind program. Since 2004, our staff have empowered over 200 people to explore their communities and the world beyond through their dream vacations. SFA digs deep to identify the bucket list trips and special connections that drive truly personalized, unique vacation experiences.

Under the leadership of our Community Inclusion Coordinator, Jennifer-Anne Gledhill, Search for Adventure has dreamed bigger each year and provided more people with the unique travel experiences they seek. Search for Adventure has truly led the way in inclusion for the people we support and those who come after them. 

The impact of Search for Adventure in creating a more inclusive world cannot be understated. For going above and beyond to make our vision come to life, we are proud to honor the Search for Adventure program with our 2024 Trailblazer Award. 

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Join us on June 7th to celebrate our honorees in person! On our event page, you can purchase your tickets and learn more about 10 Years of Trailblazers. Many thanks to our two Diamond Sponsors this year - Wintrust and Toad&Co!

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