Breakfast, Story Soiree events help celebrate another year of Starfire accomplishments

Starfire is celebrating another year of building better lives for people living with disabilities with two events this week, a breakfast fundraiser and Story Soiree.

Starfire helps adults with disabilities uncover their talents and interests, which inevitably helps them thrive in their communities.

"This celebration is about all the great work our community partners have done," says Mariah Gilkeson, Starfire's marketing and special events coordinator. "It's a way for us to showcase the work that's been done in the last year." 

The June 16 breakfast celebration is a chance for community members and business professionals to view the stories of Starfire's members through film. Keynote speakers will talk about their experiences and how to build relationships.

The following night, Starfire will host its Story Soiree, which is free and open to the public. The event will feature a collection of 20 different stories in 1-minute clips that showcase the progress members made during the past year (see an example here).

"Our annual celebration truly showcases the work we've done to make Cincinnati a more inclusive city," GIlkeson says. "I think that's important. It shows how important relationship building really is. It shows the impact it can have on someone." 

Do Good:

• Register for the Starfire Breakfast Fundraiser, which begins at 7:30 a.m. June 16 at the 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. Tickets are $100.

• Attend the free Starfire Story Soiree at 7 p.m. June 17, also at the 20th Century Theater. Admission is free.

• For more information on Starfire and its mission, visit the organization's website
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