Blackout Game Benefits Open Door


Pictured left to right: Tim Gipe (athletic director), Jack P. (Open Door client), Josh B. (Open Door Client), Renee Roop (Open Door staff), Brandon S. (Open Door Client), and Tom Sodaro (Sandwich High School Principal).

Clients of Open Door Rehabilitation Center expressed their gratitude to the Sandwich Indians Football Team and Sandwich High School, by presenting staff with a framed, thank you picture.

For the third consecutive year, these organizations have sponsored an event they call “Blackout,” where during a home football game, everyone is asked to wear a pre-purchased, Blackout t-shirt. All t-shirt proceeds benefit Open Door programs and services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The shirts were designed and printed by Laura Steele, of Fritsch Screen Printing.

At the game, Open Door clients were invited to join junior-varsity football players, band members, and cheerleaders, in forming a tunnel for the varsity football team’s grand entrance onto the field. Additionally, clients were treated to VIP seating with the Sandwich Band in the end zone, and presented with a check for over $1,500 from t-shirt sales.

Open Door Rehabilitation Center is located in Sandwich, IL. Open Door provides unrivaled, high quality, person-driven services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in order to promote independence, growth and an exceptional quality of life for those who they serve.

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