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A SPARKLING TIME: Passages clients enjoy annual gala

April 17, 2012

Post and Mail photo / Robin Plasterer


FORT WAYNE — Everything sparkled, from the dresses and tuxedos to the sparkling grape juice in the engraved champagne glasses.

It took three limousines and one tour bus to take Passages clients to the Navigators Spring Gala Saturday at Come2Go in downtown Fort Wayne.
The prom-like atmosphere lasted until 10 p.m., with nearly 200 clients of Passages attending. The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Boutelle and Connie Brockup, board members of the Navigators at Passages, stepped out of their limousine, walked down the red carpet, into the dance hall and presented their tickets to the gala. Boutelle and Brockup, still arm in arm, walked under a gold, black and white balloon arch and into the darkened room. Boutelle took Brockup’s arm and asked her to dance. She, of course, said “yes.”

“I’ve been on the dance floor since the moment we walked in,” said Boutelle. “It’s wonderful to have this event for us.”
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