Award Ceremony

Courageous Community Services has held this gala for the past forty years. This year, we invite you to attend this fun-filled evening to recognize individuals and companies that have gone above and beyond to support the advocacy and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our community. Individuals who encourage and assist others, endorse legal changes, provide educational services, and offer equal opportunities, including employment, are among those nominated for these annual awards.

We welcome the opportunity for you to join us on October 23rd, 2020 to honor our awardees and enjoy an interactive evening of singing and dancing to a pair of dueling piano players while raising money to support the individuals served by Courageous Community Services.

Proceeds from this event will ensure the continuation and expansion of the quality programs we offer daily for people of all ages with disabilities.

 

Information

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

6:00 – 10:00 pm

2592 Parkway Plaza Maumee, Ohio

Honoring

Steve Taylor, Outstanding Community Service

Steve Taylor Jr. is a proud member of the class of 1994 from St. John’s Jesuit High School. At St. John’s, Steve played tennis and baseball. After high school Steve attended Wittenberg
University, and graduated with a history major. After college Steve took a job at the
Taylor Automotive family business. Steve took over the Kia dealership in Toledo and
through hard work and determination he made it the number one Kia Dealership in the
area. Then with a myriad of very inventive advertising concepts, which Steve
developed, he pushed Taylor Kia to new heights. He went on to make Taylor Kia the
number One Kia dealership in the state of Ohio.
Continuing his quest for success elevated the Toledo Kia Dealership to number one in the United States. Steve believes that his success is not really the art of selling cars, but the art of understanding people. He believes the car business is more about people than cars. Steve and his father Steve Taylor Sr. have been incredibly active in
the Toledo, and surrounding communities by giving to many philanthropic endeavors.
Steve and his father have created a tipping point in our community to help people in
need. Steve Taylor Jr. is the perfect example of a man for others. This past April Steve
Taylor held an art exhibition for Unruly Arts at Taylor Hyundai in Perrysburg. Unruly
Arts is a non-profit organization that lets individuals with disabilities express their
creativity through art. He is an outstanding husband, and father as he lives the
mantra…. Family First…. He truly believes that we all should give back, and be of
service whenever given the opportunity. To Steve he believes the life work we choose
should have great passion attached to it.

Ryan Wichman, Outstanding Media Award

Ryan Wichman grew up in Bowling Green and has been a meteorologist with WTOL 11 for the past 8 years. Ryan lives in Perrysburg with his wife, Kaley and three-year-old son, Grant. This past spring Ryan and Kaley started Wood County Plays. An organization that is dedicated to building inclusive play spaces so all kids have the chance to play together. The playground consists of a poured rubber surface, equipment and benches, landscaping, and a splash pad.  His initiative to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all children is commendable. Courageous Community Services is proud to have an advocate like Ryan in the community. 

Thomas Rich, Outstanding Self-Advocate

Thomas Rich is an extraordinary individual whose self-advocacy is to be admired. Thomas goes above and beyond to not only stand up for his rights, but for all individuals with developmental disabilities. He is physical proof that if you want it bad enough and work hard, anything is possible.

 

Thomas’ recent accomplishments include his video at the 2019 CommUNITY Film festival.  He worked with a local video production company to share his life story, and the struggles and triumphs along the way. Thomas is a member of the Human Rights Committee at the Anne Grady Foundation as well as the People First of Toledo Self-Advocacy Group.  Meeting once a month at both groups he listens to individual’s stories, and discusses rights issues and resolutions.

 

Thomas takes great pride at his opportunity to sing the national anthem at a Toledo Mud Hens game in front of 6,000 people.  He states that he wanted to do it to show himself and others that even if you have a disability, there is a purpose for being alive and if you put your mind to it, you can achieve your goals.  

Steve Taylor, Outstanding Community Service

Steve Taylor Jr. is a proud member of the class of 1994 from St. John’s Jesuit High School. At St. John’s, Steve played tennis and baseball. After high school Steve attended Wittenberg
University, and graduated with a history major. After college Steve took a job at the
Taylor Automotive family business. Steve took over the Kia dealership in Toledo and
through hard work and determination he made it the number one Kia Dealership in the
area. Then with a myriad of very inventive advertising concepts, which Steve
developed, he pushed Taylor Kia to new heights. He went on to make Taylor Kia the
number One Kia dealership in the state of Ohio.
Continuing his quest for success elevated the Toledo Kia Dealership to number one in the United States. Steve believes that his success is not really the art of selling cars, but the art of understanding people. He believes the car business is more about people than cars. Steve and his father Steve Taylor Sr. have been incredibly active in
the Toledo, and surrounding communities by giving to many philanthropic endeavors.
Steve and his father have created a tipping point in our community to help people in
need. Steve Taylor Jr. is the perfect example of a man for others. This past April Steve
Taylor held an art exhibition for Unruly Arts at Taylor Hyundai in Perrysburg. Unruly
Arts is a non-profit organization that lets individuals with disabilities express their
creativity through art. He is an outstanding husband, and father as he lives the
mantra…. Family First…. He truly believes that we all should give back, and be of
service whenever given the opportunity. To Steve he believes the life work we choose
should have great passion attached to it.

Ryan Wichman, Outstanding Media Award

Ryan Wichman grew up in Bowling Green and has been a meteorologist with WTOL 11 for the past 8 years. Ryan lives in Perrysburg with his wife, Kaley and three-year-old son, Grant. This past spring Ryan and Kaley started Wood County Plays. An organization that is dedicated to building inclusive play spaces so all kids have the chance to play together. The playground consists of a poured rubber surface, equipment and benches, landscaping, and a splash pad.  His initiative to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all children is commendable. Courageous Community Services is proud to have an advocate like Ryan in the community. 

Thomas Rich, Outstanding Self-Advocate

Thomas Rich is an extraordinary individual whose self-advocacy is to be admired. Thomas goes above and beyond to not only stand up for his rights, but for all individuals with developmental disabilities. He is physical proof that if you want it bad enough and work hard, anything is possible.

 

Thomas’ recent accomplishments include his video at the 2019 CommUNITY Film festival.  He worked with a local video production company to share his life story, and the struggles and triumphs along the way. Thomas is a member of the Human Rights Committee at the Anne Grady Foundation as well as the People First of Toledo Self-Advocacy Group.  Meeting once a month at both groups he listens to individual’s stories, and discusses rights issues and resolutions.

 

Thomas takes great pride at his opportunity to sing the national anthem at a Toledo Mud Hens game in front of 6,000 people.  He states that he wanted to do it to show himself and others that even if you have a disability, there is a purpose for being alive and if you put your mind to it, you can achieve your goals.  

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