Easterseals Louisiana hosts Sabine’s Got Talent

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(From L to R) Hunter Paddie 1st place. Chloe Meshell, Harper Luster & Kam Meshell 2nd place. Kinslee Sepulvado 3rd place.

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The local community Easter Seals Louisiana committee
(Seated) Donna Ammons, Frances Hopkins  (Standing L to R) Brandy Mitchell, Jamie Vincent, Jana Smith,  Jan Varnado and Bernie Bitting
 Kristy Sandel Knippers                by Kristy Sandel Knippers (Columnist at Around The Town)

“We are Easterseals Louisiana and we are taking on disability.”
On Friday, February 16, 2018, people from Sabine Parish gathered at The Sabine Theater for the third annual Sabine’s Got Talent. This even was hosted by Easterseals Louisiana, and is a vital way the local committee raises funds to benefit the disability services Easterseals Louisiana provides. With 15 acts and over 120 people in attendance, Sabine’s Got Talent raised $5,000 for disability services. The judges definitely had a difficult time choosing the winners, as all the acts were truly talented. Hunter Paddie blew us away with his amazing yoyo tricks, and took 1st place. Chloe Meshell, Harper Luster, and Kam Meshell kept us moving with their energetic hip-hop routine; they came in 2nd place. Kinslee Sepulvado came in 3rd place with her precious solo dance routine.
Founded on April 16, 1951, Easterseals Louisiana has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families live better for nearly 100 years. It is a Louisiana based nonprofit organization helping children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities achieve independence. Easterseals Louisiana currently offers the following services support coordination for children, adults, and seniors: mental health services, camping & recreation, transitional housing and military family respite care.
I had the privilege of meeting Bernie Bitting at the talent show. She is the director of development at the Easterseals Louisiana Shreveport office. I can truly say that Bernie is a very caring, dedicated individual, and is very committed to helping people with disabilities. This year, the monies raised by Easterseals Louisiana will be heavily invested in autism training. The Shreveport office is the only one in the state that is doing this. Dr. Laugeson will be coming from Florida for a 14-week class. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
In 2017, Easterseals Louisiana served 231 people, just in Sabine Parish. The Shreveport office alone served over 2,000 people and over 9,000 people in the state of Louisiana was served. For more information on how you can help Easterseals Louisiana, or to learn more on how you can benefit from their services, please contact Bernie Bitting at 318-221-8244 or visit them online at http://www.easterseals.com/louisiana/.


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