Getting the Party Started: Ladies of 101 Countdown to Sunday’s Walk for Abilis

Ladies of 101

The Ladies of 101 got into the spirit ahead of time. The Walk for Abilis is Sunday, Oct. 18, 20915 at Tod’s Point. Credit: Leslie Yager

Sunday is a big day for Abilis. The annual Walk for Abilis will bring out a loving community for a fundraiser that helps make possible direct-care services for people with developmental disabilities, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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The Ladies of 101 got into the spirit ahead of time. The Walk for Abilis is Sunday, Oct. 18, 20915 at Tod’s Point. Credit: Leslie Yager

On Tuesday, the “Ladies of 101,” six gems graciously welcome a visitor to their shared home at 101 Orchard Street at Pomerance Park.

Walk for Abilis, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Walk for Abilis, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

The women share a pretty house surrounded by trees and a pond. They are busy during the week working at the Abilis micro greens greenhouse and the gift shop. But in their free time they enjoy movies, play games have occasional spa days and paint each other’s nails.

Ladies of 101

The Ladies of 101 call this place home. Credit: Leslie Yager

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The Ladies of 101 share this dine-in kitchen area where they enjoy casual meals. Credit: Leslie Yager

Barbara

Barbara shows off some of her creative projects at 101 Orchard on Oct. 13, 2015

Ladies of 101

The Ladies of 101 got into the spirit ahead of time. The Walk for Abilis is Sunday, Oct. 18, 20915 at Tod’s Point. Credit: Leslie Yager

barbara at 101 Orchard

Barbara shows off some of her creative artwork. In addition to painting, she is an avid knitter and enjoys making felt projects for the Abilis gift shop. Credit: Leslie Yager

They also have a plot at the Cos Cob community gardens on Bible Street, where this summer they grew zucchini, parsley, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce, to name a few.

On Tuesday, they got into the Walk for Abilis spirit a bit early. The six residents — Barbara, Rebecca, Joyce, MaryEllen, Ann Marie and Kathleen, along with program manager Donna Booth and counselors Michelle Laguerre and Tameca Reynolds  — all tried on their glittery top hats, and yellow feather boas and white gloves. The singing naturally ensued.

The Walk in the Park for Abilis is a fun day complete with face painting, a bouncy castle and music. The one-mile route is wheelchair and stroller accessible and there are activities for people of all ages. The event takes place Sunday, Oct. 18, with a 10:30 am Check-in & Children’s Activities, followed by a 12:00 pm Walk — all at Tod’s Point – 1 Tods Driftway in Old Greenwich.

Abilis is one of the few nonprofit agencies in Fairfield County region with the commitment, knowledge, experience and capacity to serve people with developmental disabilities throughout their lives.


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  • Vicki

    Community matters. Let’s all support the walk for Abilis.