While 2022 was only the third year of our annual Picture Possibilities fundraiser, we at ADEC started the month of July off with high hopes. This year we had more sponsors, more businesses interested in partnering, and more individuals on board to help out with our online challenges than ever before, and it could not have gone better. Our final total is about $130,000, more than our past two years fundraiser totals combined.

To say we are grateful would be an enormous understatement. The amount of ADEC programs this year’s donations will help us fund is so, so exciting. Our Day Programs, our Transportation Department, Therapies, Employment Services, the list goes on and on. Over 1,000 individuals will benefit from the generosity of our community members and businesses. ADEC would like to thank our staff, our volunteers, our ambassadors, our fundraisers, our donors, our clients and their families, our sponsors, and our media partners. Everyone who gave of their time, resources, influence, and imagination. . . we could not do everything we do without you. Thank you.


We had been planning our Picture Possibilities at the Plaza month-end celebration for what we hoped would be a beautiful Saturday at the Civic Plaza in Elkhart, and it was! Our event ran from 11-3pm. Volunteers joined us early in the morning to help set-up and organize, for which we are so thankful! A huge thank-you as well to all the staff that assisted and to those who made it possible for so many clients to attend!

Two food trucks joined us, Acapulco Restaurant & Bakery and Sweazy Q Catering, who both offered delicious food and drink options, as well as an artist from TAG Art who created free caricatures and balloon animals for everyone. In addition, we had free face painting, a craft tent, the Art by ADEC tent, a big photo booth area with a balloon arch and props, and a prize table where they were pulling names of winners every half hour. There were multiple ways to enter, and over $2000 worth of gifts were given away that had been donated by participating downtown Elkhart merchants. Zach from Froggy 102.7 was there with the Padio to help us announce winners, conduct some interviews, and keep the fun music playing for everyone.

WNDU even came out to get some interviews and take some video for a news story and their story was wonderfully done, with so many great shots of the occasion. The biggest hit with the kids and clients, however, may have been our guests from the Hall of Heroes Museum cosplay group. So many people got to take pictures with Princess Ariel, The Mighty Thor and Spiderman! It was such a wonderful time. We are already looking forward to next year’s event and celebration!