Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will be honoring Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski and Kevin Casey, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, at its Annual Gala Dinner Dance, being held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.

CAU is a statewide Elizabeth-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

Kowalski has been a longtime supporter of CAU. She has been an ardent advocate for parks, libraries, public transportation and community service in Union County during her 14 years as a member of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. As Freeholder Chairwoman in 2007, she promoted initiatives for shared county-local services to reduce costs and increase efficiency and continues to work to ensure high quality, cost-effective services for county residents.

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Casey leads the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Casey in its mission to advocate for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in New Jersey. Prior to joining the council he spent 11 years leading the Illinois and Pennsylvania state divisions that oversee services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Previously he served as the director of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

The cost for the gala is $135 per ticket, $1,300 for a table. Tickets can be purchased online at www.2017caugala.eventbrite.com or by calling 908.354.3040, ext. 4376. Ad journal opportunities are available starting at $50 and may be placed by Oct. 18 by sending camera-ready art to Cara Pavia at cpavia@caunj.org. Ads can be created for an additional $25 fee.

 

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.