Blind ‘American Idol’ Finalist Inspires Crowd at Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus PossAbilities Celebration Dinner

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The PossAbilities Celebration Dinner featured a performance by the first blind finalist on American Idol, Scott MacIntyre, and the launch of major PossAbilities initiatives.

PossAbilities Celebration Dinner

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians presented a check for $300,000 to support programs and services offered by Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus PossAbilities.

More than 800 people attended the annual PossAbilities Celebration Dinner, hosted by Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, on Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring a performance by the first blind finalist on American Idol, Scott MacIntyre, and the launch of major PossAbilities initiatives.

The PossAbilities Celebration Dinner, presented by founding partner San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and hosted by Doug “DJ Frog” Vincent, of K-FROG radio, was held at the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino. At the event, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians also presented a check for $300,000 to support programs and services offered by PossAbilities.

Highlights of the event included a feature on the accomplishments of the PossAbilities members and the growth of the program; a silent auction benefiting the program; recognition of sponsors; announcement of grant and scholarship awards; a giving opportunity to support PossAbilities; and the launching of a new Paralympic training program, “Road to Rio.”

“The event was a reflection of the beauty, passion and courage of our members. It also gave us an opportunity to unveil our new Paralympic training program, ‘Road to Rio’. The purpose is to afford our athletes the best chance of competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This four-year program will provide our athletes much needed training, coaching, and financial assistance to give them the best opportunity to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in their respective sport,” PossAbilities Manager Pedro Payne said.

PossAbilities is an outreach program at Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus that provides for the physical, social and emotional needs of the region’s physically-challenged community.

MacIntyre, who has toured and headlined concerts all over the world, entertained the audience with songs from his latest CD “Heartstrings.” MacIntyre, who has shared his unique and dynamic life story with many different audiences, authored his autobiographical book “By Faith, Not By Sight” in 2012.

Photo Caption: The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians presented a check for $300,000 to support programs and services offered by Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus PossAbilities at the PossAbilities Celebration Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 2. In the picture, from left to right: PossAbilities Coordinator Cotie Williams; Faun White, program officer - education program area at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Lyndon Edwards, vice president and administrator of Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus; and PossAbilities Manager Pedro Payne.

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About Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) East Campus
Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus is 23-acre campus dedicated to providing a healing environment that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient health-care services. East Campus includes a hospital with 118 licensed beds, two physician and diagnostic office buildings, and an ambulatory service center. Physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedics, neurosciences, and family medicine services are the specialties incorporated into the overarching goal of East Campus.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments, it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today, San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment.

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