At the 2016 Imagine Awards, Rauch soared past its $34,136 fundraising goal to more than $46,000 in contributions. Rauch couldn't have achieved such a resounding success without auctioneer Shaun Logsdon and his team, Rauch staff volunteers, the agency's important mission, and most importantly - so many incredibly generous supporters. "Thank you" does not do justice to such an incredible evening.Read More
Rauch is pleased to announce the 2016 Imagine Awards Leader honoree, Lucy VonRoenn. Lucy VonRoenn founded Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center in 2005, incorporating the not-for-profit organization in 2006 and opening its Lanesville operation in 2007. Lucy is making real and significant changes in the lives of those she serves.Read More
Rauch is pleased to announce the 2016 Imagine Awards Business honoree, Tasman Natural Pet. Tasman Natural Pet is a division of Tasman Industries, a Louisville-based family owned company founded by Goodman Tasman in 1947. Tasman Natural Pet was launched in 2010 to produce and market high-quality rawhide chews for dogs.Read More
This year, Rauch will treat attendees to the amazing voice and vibrant personality of season three The X-Factor finalist Rion Paige. As a contestant on the television show, 13-year-old songstress Rion bounced (quite literally) into millions of homes—ultimately blowing away the judges with her cover of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.” Judge Simon Cowell effused, “Rion, I think you are literally extraordinary!” He went on to compare Paige to Underwood and predicted the same stardom for Paige.Read More
We are pleased to congratulate 2015 Imagine Award Community Leader honoree Jill Valocik Smith!
Jill Smith has been a tremendous advocate for individuals with disabilities for over 25 years. Her varied career path has included positions as a behavior specialist, case manager, Family Advocate, and Executive Director of a Down Syndrome chapter. Jill is currently the manager of the “My Life, My Choice” project for The Arc of Indiana. Through this project, she has personally touched the lives of hundreds of individuals with disabilities, giving them the dignity and respect of asking about their lives and listening to their stories.Read More
Rauch is pleased to announce and congratulate 2015 Imagine Award Individual honoree Bryan Varner.
Born with cerebral palsy, Bryan Varner has had many hurdles to overcome, but he refuses to let disability stand in his way. He is an intelligent, hardworking problem solver, approaching challenges with a positive, can-do attitude.Read More
On behalf of the 2014 Imagine Awards judging panel, the Rauch Foundation is pleased to announce this year's Imagine Awards Honorees. Please join us in congratulating the following deserving recipients!
INDIVIDUAL: MS. TRACI REISTER HARDY
COMMUNITY LEADER: MS. JANA KIXMILLER
ORGANIZATION: THE COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIESRead More
The Rauch Foundation and Title Sponsor Horizon Wealth Management are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Imagine Awards will feature the talents of entertainer Sujeet Desai. An accomplished musician who was born with Down syndrome, Mr. Desai plays seven instruments: soprano and bass clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, trumpet, drums and piano. He graduated from high school with honors and completed a two-year residential post-secondary study in Music and Human Services at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in Massachusetts. Sujeet lives independently in his home in Niagara Falls, NY.Read More
Last year, Dr. Joseph A. Fleck, DDS; Mr. Andrew Ganote; and Ms. Kim Kruer had a moment in the limelight in recognition of their contributions for individuals with disabilities. Who will be honored this year?Read More