Access Press awards gala makes a successful return

With music from In Solid Air echoing throughout the halls of the majestic McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota […]

Self-advocate Karen Loven congratulated U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank after he received the Charlie Smith Award.

With music from In Solid Air echoing throughout the halls of the majestic McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus in Minneapolis, it was clear upon entering that there was a party going on. Access Press hosted the 2023 Awards and Fundraiser Event honoring U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank with the prestigious Charlie Smith Award. We also remembered the late Tim Benjamin who led Access Press for more than 20 years.  

The November 3 event marked the first time since 2017 that the award was presented. 
Award-winning journalist Boyd Huppert from KARE 11 emceed our event and shared some of his stories, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar gave an inspiring speech, and former Gov. Arne Carlson greeted guests via video. We are honored to hear their works on encouragement for the Minnesota disability community. It was indeed an evening to remember! But none of it would have been possible without the support of our readers. 

We thank everyone who supported us through the gala and also those who gave through the recent Give to the Max day. 

If you still want to support Access Press with a 2023 tax-deductible gift, December is the time to participate in the Institute for Nonprofit News NewsMatch program. Gifts made before year’s end will be matched, which will be a great help to us. Go to www.accesspress.org for details. 

To everyone who has supported us, we thank you. If you have supported us financially, we applaud you. Access Press exists to connect people in the disability community to information that matters to us, but it would not exist without you, our readers, and our donors. We appreciate you beyond measure! 

– Access Press Board of Directors

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