Picture yourself having fun with friends at the 2013 Charlie Smith Award

Get your best smile ready and attend the 2013 Access Press Charlie Smith Award banquet, Friday, November 1 at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington.

This year’s honoree is Cal Appleby from Augsburg College. He and two of his late collaborators, Vern Bloom and Wayne Moldenhauer, helped countless people gain access to college. They also pioneered a number of programs for people with disabilities.

One new feature this year is the chance to pose in front of a backdrop and have your picture taken. Gather your friends and smile for the camera. Of course there will also be the silent auction and pick-your-prize raffle, and social time before the dinner and program. Visit with friends, bid on lots of great items and enjoy seeing displays about the 2013 nominees.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a cash bar and punch available. The sit-down dinner and award ceremony start at 7 pm. The venue is fully accessible and spacious.

It has ample off-street parking for people with disabilities. Meal choices are vegetarian, chicken piccata or beef bourguignon. If mailing in one’s reservation without an official RSVP card, please note accordingly so the proper dinner is ordered.

There are several ways to reserve tickets. Go to www.testing.accesspress.org and click on the line for the awards event. Or mail a payment to: Access Press, Attn: Dawn, 161 St. Anthony Ave., Suite 910, St. Paul, MN 55103. A third option is to call the office and do the transaction over the phone, at 651-644-2133.

Tickets and table hosting opportunities remain, so don’t miss this always-fun event for Minnesota’s disability community. Cost is $45 per person or $325 for an 8-person table (save $35) in advance. Tickets are $50 per person day of the event, at the doors.