Sponsored by the Atlanta Foreign Press…

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

Golden Goals Awards

In case you were wondering, the title is somewhat sarcastic; however, it originates from a poster for “The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” brought to us by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association®.

The poster in question depicts a towering Golden Globe statue, set against a red and gold background, surrounded by palm trees. Why do I bring this up? Well once again, Georgia Community Support and Solutions will be hosting our “Golden Goals Awards,” honoring achievements of people with disabilities, this September. And no, the above picture isn’t what they actually look like…hopefully I can get an accurate photo soon.

Since the awards show was such a great success last year, we plan to make this year’s event even better.

First of all, we expect to have more awards categories than the previous year. Second of all, in addition to acknowledging only the winners, all of the nominees will be recognized in some way. Third, the venue for the awards will likely be changed (although the new one is TBA).

In any case, the Community Relations department and I are still brainstorming on how the program should be designed, what prizes will be awarded, what speakers will be featured, etc.

And although this event is hosted by our organization, nominees for awards can come from any disability support organization in Georgia. In fact, individuals can even be living independent of a support program and still be nominated.

Keep reading the blog…there will be more updates to come!


About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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