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Our Trailblazers 2023 Honorees

Trailblazers 2023: Empowering Creativity will be held on Thursday, June 1st, at Café Brauer in Lincoln Park Zoo.

Our 2023 Trailblazer Award honorees remind us of the power of collaboration, creativity and community partnerships, which are at the core of our services and supports. Their contributions over many years have helped grow the impact of Search’s mission and programs for the communities we serve, and for that, we are grateful.

Learn more about our 2023 honorees below:

The Revada Foundation

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The Revada Foundation of the Logan Family of Alexandria, Virginia, was founded in November 2016.  Since its inception, the Revada Foundation has offered an impactful partnership with Search and the JJ’s List Disability Awareness Players. Liz Logan, Board Member of the Revada Foundation, has been a great connection between the Foundation and Search for many years. Liz Logan Headshot 2 copy

Search has received over $200,000 in grant funds to support self-advocacy for people with disabilities.  Through their commitment, we have expanded our community education and advocacy efforts to a larger audience and expanded new initiatives across our organization, including the NeurodiVERSED awareness campaign this past year.

Because of the Foundation’s commitment to advocacy and ongoing support of our mission, we are thrilled to honor the Revada Foundation with our 2023 Trailblazers Award!

Dr. Angela Lyonsmith

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Our 2023 John Lipscomb Trailblazer Award honoree is Dr. Angela Lyonsmith. The John Lipscomb Trailblazer Award is given each year to an honoree who has an innovative vision for partnerships, collaboration and amplifies positive connections with those we support year over year.

Angela an art therapist, artist and educator, as well as a registered art therapist and a licensed clinical professional counselor. She has been connected to Search for over 15 years, helping to expand the Search footprint and impact in the Evanston community through her innovative view on collaboration. Angela has created significant opportunities for the individuals we support to explore, learn and create in their local communities. my family

For her many years of partnership and her support of the Visibility Artists, we are excited to honor Angela with our 2023 John Lipscomb Trailblazers Award.

Join us on June 1st to celebrate our honorees in person! You can purchase your tickets here and learn more about Trailblazers 2023 on our event page. Many thanks to our two Diamond Sponsors this year - Wintrust and Toad&Co!

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