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Easterseals Northeast Central Florida offers life changing supports and services for over 5,000 local children annually, partnering with their parents and physicians to improve lifetime success. Children receive early intervention and developmental screening, early childhood education, autism diagnoses and functional assessment, pediatric specialty therapy interventions and family supports such as respite, wrap around care and adaptive technology focused on helping children reach their full potential in how they live, learn and play. During the early stages of COVID, Easterseals never closed its doors completely, but rather expanded child care to offer free and discounted child care to essential workers, and our early intervention and pediatric specialty clinic and therapy programs redesigned their service models within just a week or so towards telehealth so that clients would not regress from missed appointments.

Over the Edge Honorary Co-Chair Sheryl Cook rappels 102 ft down the International Motorsports Center to show love and support for children with special healthcare needs.

The business community helps make our work possible. We’d like to recognize Sheryl Cook, our 2020 Agency Champion and the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Association Fundraising Professionals’ Corporate Philanthropist of the Year; Tom Cook Jeweler and The Rotary Club of Daytona Beach for their ongoing generosity. 

Santa spreads some holiday cheer at the Annual Client Holiday Party.

We’d also like to give a shout out to these great corporate partners for helping us to redesign and host our Annual Client Holiday Party! – Security First Insurance Company, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Cobb Cole Law Firm, Paul Schandel, and Reames Benefits Solutions.

Thanks to ALL of them, we were able to host a safe, outdoor party and delight our families with gifts, warm blankets, stuffed animals, holiday crafts and games, hot chocolate, cookie making kits, an enchanted forest, a petting zoo, and of course, SANTA! 

In March 2020, the Museum of Arts & Sciences, like most organizations and businesses, was thrown into a whole new world. After closing on March 18th, the Museum remained closed to the public for two whole months before guidelines for reopening, which contained specific advice for museums and science centers, were issued by Governor DeSantis.

Cici and Hyatt Brown on the opening day ribbon cutting of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

The ambitious construction program MOAS had undertaken in the past eight years meant that once safety guidelines were issued, we found ourselves in the envious position of knowing we had museum buildings perfectly suited to reopening safely. At the main MOAS building, we realized that once past our entrance door into our new lobby the whole museum was accessible touch-free. The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art enjoyed similar benefits and again the wide, spacious galleries and the obvious safety measures implemented, including mask-wearing, hand sanitizing stations and a touch-free entry experience, have seen patrons returning to enjoy the museum experience in confidence and safety.

Lowell and Nancy Lohman pictured with MOAS Executive Director, Andrew Sandall in what is now the Lowell and Nancy Lohman Family Planetarium at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

Crucial to the successful operations of the Museum in a year that saw attendance dropping at times below 60% of our usual levels were the large endowments the organization has been focusing on raising over the last few years. The generosity of local philanthropists such as the Root Family, Lowell and Nancy Lohman, Gale Lemerand, and of course Cici and Hyatt Brown have seen MOAS now overseeing one of the largest endowment portfolios in Florida museums, managed by a committee of trustees and advisors that ensured that the organization was able to survive the closure and subsequent downturn in attendance with no layoffs, furloughs or cuts in service. 

Gale Lemerand after the unveiling of his portrait displayed at the entrance of the now L. Gale Lemerand Wing at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

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