Aloha, August 16th, 2013. Edwards Center‘s supporters gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Lampros-Hedinger Hall at Edwards Center’s Aloha Community Center for people with developmental disabilities. Milt Lampros and  Howard Hedinger have been friends for over 50 years, spending many of those years as colleagues in the steel industry. The two honored friends joined the evening’s musicians in song next to a newly unveiled portrait by Annie Heisey. The photo shows Marc Gremm, Howard Hedinger, Milt Lampros, Janet Chvatal, and Aaron Meyer. Lead gifts from both men helped build the Aloha Community Center, which provides meaningful daily activities for people with developmental disabilities and seeks to increase their interactions with the wider community. 

Longtime friends Milt Lampros, Bill Furman, and Howard Hedinger enjoy the Community Center garden patio.

Longtime friends Milt Lampros, Bill Furman, and Howard Hedinger enjoy the Community Center garden patio. 

Host Howard Hedinger greets guests and performer Tim Whiting along with Edwards Center Executive Director Jessica Leitner.

Host Howard Hedinger greets guests and performer Tim Whiting along with Edwards Center Executive Director Jessica Leitner.

Pianist and Edwards Center family member Tom Grant performs.

Pianist and Edwards Center family member Tom Grant performs.

Marc Gremm performs to a rapt crowd in the newly inaugurated Lampros-Hedinger Hall.

Marc Gremm performs to a rapt crowd in the newly inaugurated Lampros-Hedinger Hall.

The event hosted local musicians including Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer, Smooth Jazz pianist and Edwards Center family member Tom Grant, and Opera singers Janet Chvatal and Marc Gremm with special accompaniment by Tim Whiting. 

The evening kicked off in the garden of the Aloha Community Center and featured wine and hors d’oeuvres from Wildwood Restaurant.

The Lampros-Hedinger Hall will act as an events space, dining hall, and meeting room hosting activities such as dances, yoga classes, community meetings, barbeques, seminars on disability issues, and corporate events.

About Edwards Center:

Edwards Center has served adults with developmental disabilities since 1972, when there were few services outside of the state institution, the Fairview Training Center. Edwards Center began as a day program that served just 6 individuals and in 1975 opened the first group home in Washington County housing disabled adults in the community. Today they provide homes, jobs, and recreational opportunities in 18 locations serving over 300 Oregonians with disabilities in Washington and Clackamas Counties.

Edwards Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them reach their highest potential through training, education, employment, housing and social opportunities in safe, healthy and stimulating environments.

http://www.edwardscenter.org