Red Wing resident Bale celebrates 50-year anniversary with ProAct

Red Wing resident Larry Bale was honored in October by ProAct, Inc., a non-profit providing in-center, virtual and community-based services […]

Bale standing with friends from the Red Wing Men's Chorus who came to sing and surprise him as part of the celebration.

Red Wing resident Larry Bale was honored in October by ProAct, Inc., a non-profit providing in-center, virtual and community-based services for individuals with disabilities, Bakle and ProAct celebrated Bale’s 50 years of service. 

Bale was recognized as part of ProAct’s annual service awards tradition, which celebrates the achievements of participants. 

Gloria Solsaa, director of programming at ProAct’s Red Wing site, said, “Throughout his five decades with ProAct, Larry has demonstrated a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and a genuine passion for helping others. He is an inspiration to all who meet him and lights up every room he walks into. We are incredibly fortunate that Larry is part of our Red Wing ProAct community.” 

Larry Bale and Gloria Solsaa, Program Director at Red Wing’s ProAct facility, celebrated at the event.

Bale was pleased and excited to be honored. “ProAct has offered me the opportunity to work fun jobs and meet new people over the years. I have seen so many positive changes during my time at ProAct,” he said. “I have loved all of the classes and outings that I have been a part of.” 

Outside of his involvement with ProAct, Bale is well-known in the Red Wing community, most notably for his participation in the Red Wing Community Men’s Chorus. He is also an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Red Wing Lions Club.  

Bale standing with friends from the Red Wing Men's Chorus who came to sing and surprise him as part of the celebration.
Bale was surprised by friends from the Red Wing Men’s Chorus who came to sing and surprise him as part of the celebration.

Bale’s 50 years with ProAct is a testament to the power of determination and the importance of inclusion. He is also a reflection of ProAct’s mission, which is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through enrichment programming and activities, employment and support services. For more information about ProAct, Inc. and its services, go to ProAct Inc

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