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One of the keys to happiness for the developmentally disabled is finding fulfilling job opportunities to lead to empowerment and independence.

One very special organization called Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI) brings this vision to life by allowing the developmentally disabled to lead productive lives by providing vocational training and employment services.

Each year, OBA hosts its Mardi Gras fundraising event.  This annual event has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars.  I had the distinct pleasure of serving on OBI’s planning committee for its 13th annual Mardi Gras event, which took place on February 5th at its 40,000 sq-ft facility.


The event was a resounding success with almost 400 people attending who enjoyed the “street” party-like atmosphere that included live music, food, entertainment, casino games, bingo, and a silent and live auction.  It really was an amazing set up and the early word is that the event exceeded last year’s revenues.  In addition to my time, I was also honored to be able to donate items for the silent auction and bingo.

Having little knowledge of OBI prior to this event, I can say that working on this event was truly a worthwhile experience.  It was uplifting to see OBI’s clients participating in the event and having such a wonderful time.

At NetLink, we firmly believe in being active in organizations that lift up those who need help.   And we urge others to do the same.  If you are interested in donating funds (or your precious time) to a great organization, OBI is a great option.  You can learn more about this organization here.