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Programs for Exceptional People Gala on September 13 at Sea Pines Country Club

Programs for exceptional peoplePrograms for Exceptional People (PEP) is having their Annual PEP Gala on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Sea Pines Country Club. The Gala will begin at 6:00 pm with live music and cocktails and the beginning of the silent auction. Dinner, a live auction and dancing to a DJ will follow. Tickets ($75 per person) are available at PEP’s offices (10 Oak Park Drive, Bldg C-1, Hilton Head, SC, 29926) or call 843-681-8413.

Programs for Exceptional PeopleMission is to Empower

Programs for Exceptional People is a non-profit whose mission is to empower adults with special needs by promoting independence and offering opportunities for social growth and maturity. PEP is the only organization serving adults with special needs in Southern Beaufort County.

Founded in 1995 to Help Special Needs Adults

The Programs for Exceptional People organization was founded in 1995 by six families with special needs adults and has grown to serve around 50 current members. About half of PEP’s costs are paid by waivers from the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs with the balance met through fund-raising events, donations and grants. After high school (age 21), there are limited avenues for special needs adults. Many families are responsible for full-time supervision and do not get any needed respite. PEP, to a special needs adult and their family, means an active life in the community – working, volunteering, recreational events and a caring family of friends.

PEP Offers a Fulfilling Work and Social Life

Programs for Exceptional PeoplePEP members (Peppers) work and volunteer at Carrabba’s Restaurant, the Hilton Head Hospital, many thrift shops and are available to visit the sick and elderly. Members also make pottery and sell their wares at the Bluffton Farmers’ Market. Through PEP’s Recreation and Respite Program, members attend baseball games, plays, movies, and go bowling.

Programs for Exceptional People Needs Your Help

The Programs for Exceptional People organization and all their volunteers offer a fulfilling life to their members and  families. Please considering attending their wonderful Gala, volunteering to help, or donating to their worthy program.Programs for exceptional people

About the author: Janet Turley is a freelance writer and speaker who lives on Hilton Head Island. She blogs about all the wonderful things to do on the island at janetturleyhiltonhead.com and about her tennis game at hiltonheadlovestennis.com. Contact her at janet@janetturleyhiltonhead.com

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