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Annual ball to honor local volunteers

Community Living, hosts its 20th Annual Legacy Ball on Saturday. Feb. 29 at the St. Charles Convention Center. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. followed by a live auction, awards presentation, dancing and music provided by My Friend Mike.

Julie and Dan Dozier [Photo provided by family]

Community Living supporters Dan and Julie Dozier will receive the agency’s Legacy Award. Dan and Julie, both retired, served 31 years in public education and now lend their time and talents to the St. Charles community. 

Julie is a volunteer at the Mahon Center and assists with many fundraisers that support Community Living, Inc. Together, Dan and Julie own two renovated accessible homes providing a quality living environment for eight Community Living, Inc. clients. 

Dan has always been an advocate for children and adults in need. He has served on the board of directors for the St. Charles County YMCA, the Cooperating School Districts, the St. Charles County United Way, and the city of St. Charles Economic Development Commission. Dan is currently the longest serving member of the St. Charles County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board [DDRB]. Through his 20 years of service to the board, he has helped leverage tax dollars to create equity investment programs supporting agencies, individual case management services based in St. Charles County for clients and families, facilities for the DDRB staff and county agencies and effectively distributed more than $10 million of tax revenue annually to 37 agencies providing services to St. Charles County citizens with developmental disabilities.

Dan and Julie have four children. Their second son, Joseph Gerard, 30, has a developmental disability but is thriving thanks to the support of family, friends and programs offered by agencies throughout the community. He is currently attending the Community Living, Inc. day program at the Mahon Center. 

Mike Elam will be presented with the organization’s Community Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Mike Elam [St. Charles County photo]

Elam is being recognized for his tremendous dedication to supporting the St. Charles community and people with disabilities. Mike is recognized as “the Voice of St. Charles!” He is an active member of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries, where he recently was honored with the Sue Proost Person of the Year award. 

Additionally, Elam is a county council member and a past or current volunteer for the Mayor’s Charity Ball, Disabled Athletes Sports Association, Greater St. Charles Chamber Santa Dash, Streets of St. Charles Street Run, MO Cowbell, St. Charles Realtors Association Gala, St. Charles City-County Library Foundation Gala and the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries Firecracker Run on July 4th. 

Mike and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Dardenne Prairie and are the proud parents of three children.

“Over the past two decades, The Legacy Ball has become a highly anticipated event that plays a vital role in helping our organization continue to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in St. Charles County,” said Barb Griffith, president and CEO of Community Living, Inc. “As we prepare to host our 20th annual gala, we look forward to celebrating that milestone along with the incredible contributions of Dan and Julie Dozier & Mike Elam, whose leadership and advocacy are positively impacting so many in our community.” 

Legacy Ball tickets, at $150 per person, are available at bidpal.net/legacyball2020. 

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