Project HIRED Celebrates 10th Annual Harvest Moon Dinner with Keynote Speaker Actress and Disabilities Advocate Geri Jewell

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NBC Bay Area News Reporter Damian Trujillo to emcee; event to honor achievements of job seekers with disabilities, supporters, and corporate partners

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Project HIRED, whose job assistance services, training, career development and employer services have helped thousands of people with disabilities find the right job with the right company for more than 30 years, today announced its 10th Annual Harvest Moon Recognition Dinner and Auction scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Villa Ragusa in Campbell, California. This year, the annual dinner and live auction fundraiser celebrates a decade of bringing together Project HIRED's corporate and individual Bay Area champions in support of job seekers with disabilities. Project HIRED will also announce breaking news about its newly restructured organization which is allowing it to further its efforts to meet the Project HIRED mission.

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Harvest Moon event, Project HIRED welcomes keynote speaker Geri Jewell. Introduced to millions as “Cousin Geri” on the NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life,” Jewell was the first person with a visible disability to become a regular performer on a national, prime-time television show, and is a leading force in disabilities advocacy. Project HIRED is also honored to announce NBC Bay Area News Reporter Damian Trujillo as the 2012 emcee.

Entitled “Celebrate History, Recognize Achievement, and Commit to the Future,” this year's Harvest Moon dinner is among the Bay Area's first events in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Among the program's highlights is the recognition of key clients and volunteers. In addition, Project HIRED will honor its outstanding employees, Business Collaborative members Brocade, Oracle and US Veterans Magazine, and the following key corporate supporters: Bank of America, Comerica, Juniper Networks, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Wells Fargo and Yahoo!.

“The Harvest Moon dinner continues to be a cornerstone tradition for Project HIRED and the community, and we welcome Ms. Jewell and Mr. Trujillo as our 10th anniversary guests,” said Gwen Ford, executive director for Project HIRED. “Not only is this event our foremost fundraiser, it also recognizes the achievements of notable Project HIRED champions. Most importantly, it unites all our supporters in recognition of our core mission to assist all job seekers with disabilities gain and sustain employment.”

For more information about the 10th Annual Project HIRED Harvest Moon Gala, visit

About Project HIRED
Founded in 1978, the mission of Project HIRED is to help persons with disabilities gain and sustain employment. Project HIRED offers an array of job placement, training, and employment services designed to promote self-sufficiency and independence, and has helped hundreds of people with disabilities get good jobs at competitive wages. Project HIRED has received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons, the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Innovative Partnership award from the HR Symposium, and the 2008 AbilityOne/NISH National Award for Performance Excellence in Government Contracts. Through reciprocal relationships with industry, Project HIRED develops and maintains a range of services to the community, which includes outreach, employment training, job placement, education of employers and advocacy. Learn more about Project HIRED at

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