Photography by Jamison Mosley
ACCESS IS THRILLED to announce the return of its highly anticipated event, Bingo Bash, for its sweet sixteen season. As the organization continues its legacy of building brighter futures, the evening promises to bring together friends of the organization for light bites, thrilling bidding, and of course, BINGO!
Hosted by the ACCESS in Action Young Professionals, Chairmen Danna and Andrew Kurrus expect this year’s Bingo Bash to be the biggest and best yet. The couple has not only embraced this planning process, but also the ACCESS mission. ACCESS Marketing Manager Krysten Levin emphasizes, “Their advocacy for individuals with developmental delays, language and learning disabilities is admirable. They have taken the time to truly understand our mission and the profound impact ACCESS can have on the future trajectory of an individual’s life.”
Andrew was initially introduced to ACCESS through his sister Sarah and “ACCESS All-Star” Kelly O’Connor. Andrew remembers, “In 2018, after moving back from Texas, I got involved in Bingo Bash. I had such a fantastic time that I wanted to stay involved.” Moreover, firsthand experience with their niece Maggie and nephew Charles, who attend ACCESS and have made significant progress, solidified the couple’s dedication to the organization. Danna expresses, “We love ACCESS because of the impactful work they do and the love and care they provide while doing it.”
While Bingo Bash is undoubtedly a fantastic social gathering, its true significance is the funding it generates for the resources that ACCESS provides to nearly 900 families annually. Proceeds benefit ACCESS in Expanding Individual Potential Through Innovative Instruction providing evaluations, therapy services, mental health support, education, vocational training and more for individuals with special needs. Krysten adds, “ACCESS is unique in our community, offering comprehensive services tailored to each individual, enabling them to reach their personal best and fully participate in their chosen community. The dedicated team at ACCESS works together to better serve the whole individual.”
ACCESS is committed to developing confidence, competence and opportunity for students like Maggie and Charles to thrive. Andrew affirms, “They offer services that go beyond traditional grade school learning, preparing students and young adults for fulfilling lives. They provide invaluable guidance to parents and families, helping them overcome significant barriers and challenges.” Danna adds, “You feel welcomed and cared for when you walk into ACCESS, and you can see and feel the love the staff has for the students.”
Danna and Andrew are excited to extend this same hospitality to guests at The Hall, a new < air-conditioned > venue for an evening of fast-paced Bingo that celebrates the role of ACCESS in our community. Their shared passion and dedication are the winning combination for unprecedented fundraising success. “ACCESS is making our city and state a better place every day by changing lives and providing opportunities to those who may not have them otherwise. They’re making our family stronger, and we want to keep living and giving here to continue building on that kind of foundation.”