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Countdown to 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Stephanie-JamieThe 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games is right around the corner. Dozens of athletes, families and coaches are already in the Republic of Korea, where the games will be held from Jan. 29-Feb. 5. Four athletes from Special Olympics North Carolina have been selected to participate, including 19-year-old Stephanie Jamie. Stephanie Jamie and her twin sister Jenifer, receive supports and services from Monarch.

Last month, Jamie traveled to Lake Placid for trials, and did a great job being independent and preparing for the Alpine Skiing competition. As part of the Special Olympics Team USA, she will join 3,300 athletes from 112 countries around the world competing in eight Olympic sports that include alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, short track speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and floor ball demonstration. To read more about Jamie’s experience – in her mother’s words, click here. To see photos and to follow the athletes journey in Korea, visit:

We wish Stephanie Jamie and the Special Olympics Team USA-NC – and all of the competing Special Olympians across the state – the best of luck. We are cheering for you all!

Ladies of Corvair vacation in the Bahamas

Cruise-Corvair 096Last month, residents of the Corvair Drive Home in High Point –affectionately known as “The Ladies of Corvair” – set sail to the Bahamas last month in pursuit of their dream vacation. The travelers, which included Corvair residents Joyce Lester, Regina Farabee, Pat Roach, Kim Smith, and Amy Urwick and staff Charlotte Montague, operations manager, and Mary Pratt, developmental specialist, departed from Charleston, S.C. and set sail on the high seas.

The women spent five nights at sea and did some sightseeing, swimming, shopping and had all kinds of fun adventures in Nassau and Freeport. The residents collected about $1,800 of the money for their trip and used recreational funds from proceeds raised from the Dreams Take Flight Golf Tournament.

Monarch, West Bend United Methodist blood drive supports Red Cross

Asheboro blood driveMonarch and West Bend United Methodist Church in partnership with the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive earlier this month at West Bend United Methodist in Asheboro. The initiative collected 28 pints that will provide donations for the area’s blood bank. More prospective donors showed up to give, but some were turned away because they exhibited cold-like symptoms, according to Cathy Herrera, operations manager, who helped to organize the event. People supported throughout Randolph County volunteered as greeters, worked in the canteen to distribute snacks and helped to set up and break down the event. Some also donated blood.

This event was sponsored by Region 5 in response to the Community Life Improvement Committee (CLIC) as part of its mission to foster inclusion of the people we support and to help identify opportunities for individuals to become more involved into the community by aligning them with other organizations to address very important needs.

Pictured: Joyce Whelan, qualified professional at Oakwood, Asheboro School Road and Corvair Homes, rolled up her sleeves to donate to the cause.

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