GREENFIELD — FUSE, Inc. is kicking off a busy year with a couple of major events, including a casino night later this month and a comprehensive learning expo in March.
The casino-themed fundraiser will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Adaggios in Greenfield.
The night begins with a pasta dinner followed by lively casino games like roulette, blackjack, Texas Hold ’Em and craps.
Players can use their game winnings to participate in a raffle, win cash prizes by playing 50/50 or pull tabs or win a prize or two at the silent auction.
Tickets are $50 each, and attendees must be at least 21 to attend.
Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the annual Spring Inspiring Abilities Expo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at JB Stephens Elementary School in Greenfield.
Past expos have brought more than 60 vendors together under one roof.
FUSE program coordinator Courtney Locke said about half that number have signed on so far, but vendors have through Feb. 28 to register.
This year’s list includes Lighthouse Autism Center, Special Olympics of Hancock County and many more, with new vendors being added every day.
“We’re looking for anyone who interacts with those with disabilities or mental health needs,” said Locke.
FUSE will also host a second abilities expo in the fall.
The expos offer families and professionals an opportunity to network with organizations and service providers who meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.
Guests at next month’s event will have the opportunity to meet and talk with therapy and service providers, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, recreation programs and other agencies serving adults and children with disabilities.
FUSE, Inc. — Families United for Support and Encouragement — is devoted to helping such families and individuals by providing information, training, support and encouragement.
“The expo is my favorite FUSE event because it has so many people that interact in one room. Families can find all the information they need and make those connections in one room, instead of making a lot of different phone calls,” said Locke, who thinks the information gleaned at the expo can be life changing.
“The best thing is when someone thinks there aren’t local services available, then they come in and see a room full of providers all in one room who are in the area or willing to come to your area. There’s a lot more available for families (nearby) than people think,” she said.
Admission and parking to the March 9 expo are free.
To register for Casino Night or the Abilities Expo, visit FUSEinc.org.
For more information on the expo, or to become a vendor, contact FUSE executive director Sara Cummins at 317462-9064 or [email protected].