CEDAR FALLS — Exceptional Persons Inc. hosted an exceptional fundraiser Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls. EPI board members, volunteers, clients and their families all joined together to host an event dedicated to the idea that it is important to look beyond the obvious and invest time to get to know all people, reinforced by the evening’s theme, More Than You See.
EPI was officially incorporated in 1957 to provide program planning, service coordination and advocacy for people with disabilities. In 1960 EPI established Goodwill Industries to provide vocational skills to those with disabilities. They also established Adults Inc., now North Star Community Services. Both eventually became separate and independent agencies.
Today EPI serves approximately 350 individuals, helping clients find employment and volunteer opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries or mental illness. EPI also offers in-home residential support at more than 100 sites with the goal to help clients live safely and independently in their community.
“This annual event is not only an important fundraiser to our organization, it is heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from the Cedar Valley community. It elevates our mission to connect people, create opportunities and nurture growth,” said EPI Executive Director Chris Sparks.