Richard and JoAnn DePolo, Amanda Bagby, Denise Johnson and Taylor Johnson

The signature fundraising event for Achievement Centers for Children (ACC), Sparkle: Bourbon & Blues, was held May 4 at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland. The event raised $530,000 (gross) with 350 guests in attendance, all benefiting children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Since 1940, ACC has empowered people with disabilities to achieve their greatest potential and remains committed to help its clients grow and develop.

ACC President and CEO Bernadette Kerrigan, Channel 19’s Tiffani Tucker, Pat Nobili and Sally Farwell

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music from Colin Dussault’s Blues Project, followed by a sit-down dinner in the hotel’s ballroom. Tiffani Tucker, Channel 19 News Anchor and ACC Board Member, served as emcee.
The program featured a presentation of ACC’s Champions for Achievers award to the Boland family. Jim Boland, ACC Board Chair, his father, and their entire extended family have created a decades-long legacy of community service and financial support for the organization.
A Middleburg Heights mother, Jennifer Vucenovic, a recent widow with four children, delivered a testimonial accompanied by her youngest daughter Ella, age 10. She discussed the tremendous impact that ACC’s Adapted Sports program has had on Ella, who plays both tennis and football. Ella enjoys wearing the Cleveland Browns jersey for each football game and consistently smiles every time she plays.
The year-round program also engages children and young adults in

Elle and Dennis Collins with Ryan and Sara Morley

competitive basketball, baseball, golf and soccer. Pride, self-confidence and friendships are built alongside skills through the encouragement of dedicated volunteers, coaches and instructors.
A live auction featured works by artist and River Rock participant Amanda Bagby as well as the Fund Achievement Paddle Raise with the debut of its Camp Reimagined Plan, all followed by dancing and dessert. James Kacic served as Event Chair. Presenting sponsors include the Boland family and EY. For more information about ACC, visit achievementcenters.org. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA C. TURNER