Businesses from Wilmette, Evanston and Northbrook will be honored Oct. 13 for their work in providing services, programming and employment to area residents with disabilities, at the second annual JJ’s List Bridge Builder Benefit.
Honorees at this year’s benefit, to be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at Pinstripes Bistro in Northbrook, are Forrest’s Duxler Complete Auto Care Service in Wilmette; Whole Foods Market Evanston South in Evanston, and the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook.
Owners and representatives of each organization have made noteworthy commitments to creating an environment that provides both service and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as in heightening general public awareness of disability issues, JJ’s List founder JJ Hanley said Tuesday.
“This is the first year we’ve honored people like this, who have really stepped up to the plate with their efforts, and it’s something we’re extremely glad to do,” she said.
The Bridge Builder project was developed in 2010 by Hanley, a Wilmette-based documentary maker who also started JJ’s List, a consumer-based business review website focusing on the disability awareness shown by local businesses.
JJ’s List and the Evanston-based Center for Independent Futures won a $20,000 grant from New Trier Township to create the Bridge Builder program to encourage North Shore businesses that demonstrate dedication to disability awareness, and to educational training on disability awareness.
Forrest’s Duxler Auto Care received the Bridge Builder nod because the company actively works to make its service comfortable and available to everyone, including consumers with disabilities, and because it hires adults with disabilities. Whole Foods Market Evanston South will be recognized for creating an environment that improves shopping and customer service for people with disabilities.
People can still purchase tickets for the Bridge Builder Benefit by going online at www.bridgebuilderbenefit2011.eventbrite.com.
Tickets start at $75, and all funds will help support JJ’s List and the Bridge Builder Project.