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Curtain Call takes friends of Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled back to the golden age of entertainment. This Hollywood-inspired evening features a dinner theater production; the stars are the clients of the organization. With a legacy that is 50+ years strong, the values of AEDD remain as steadfast as the auxiliary members that bring the production to the stage. Chairman Lisa Warren will welcome guests to Argenta Contemporary Theatre later this month for another heartwarming performance.

Lisa was initially introduced to Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled through friends and quickly realized the important work of the organization. “I love giving back to the community and the rest is history!” She is looking forward to the return of clients in the original skit The King of Peanut Butter. “I am thrilled that the AEDD in the Rock drama troupe is back!” Proceeds from the festivities support the Jobs 4 You Program – providing vocational training, job coaching, job placement and transportation to adults with disabilities in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Cabot. This translates into a workforce of more than 150 individuals across a variety of industry sectors in
Pulaski County.

The story of Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled is one of empowerment. Since 1971, programs and resources have helped individuals gain independence to improve quality of life. The results are measurable and continue to impress. The current capital campaign has generated $6.5 million from federal grants and support from elected officials. This provides funding for expansion with a new Jobs 4 You – Cabot Workforce Training Center, Non-Congregate Shelter Housing and new + renovated Affordable Community Housing. Director of Development Debbie Grooms elaborates, “This helps ensure sustainability of current programming and expansion into underserved areas.” Debbie also notes that there are always reasons to celebrate AEDD and continued mission fulfillment work. “The bottom line is … everyone can be a part of helping better the lives of people with disabilities.”

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