ECVC celebrating 52nd anniversary with inclusion banquet

GREENVILLE,NC (WITN) - October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the Eastern Carolina Vocational Center (ECVC) is celebrating inclusion with its 52nd anniversary banquet.

ECVC’s mission is to help persons with disabilities attain a higher quality of life through the achievement of their vocational goals.

The banquet will be on October 12 at 6:30pm at the Rock Springs Center. You can make reservations until October 6.

Every year, the banquet features a successful person with a disability as a role model to inspire people with disabilities.

This year's special guest speaker is Dr. Ronan Tynan, who organizers describe as 'a modern day “Renaissance man.”'

'Born with lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood, Tynan was still “as wild as a March hare” when he was a growing boy, riding horses and racing motorcycles. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multi-talented athlete. His ability to simultaneously console and inspire with his singing is well known. Just a few of his performances are as follows: “Amazing Grace and Ave Maria” at President Ronald Reagan’s funeral at the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan; “God Bless America” at the Yankee Stadium; In the wake of 9/11, benefits and memorial services for New York's’ Finest and Bravest.'

You can find more information by calling (252) 758-4188 or visiting www.ECVCinc.com.