Local non-profit Twin Palms Center for the Disabled plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 306 NW 35th St. in Boca Raton.

The program, geared toward enriching the lives of those who age out of the typical high school environment yet still require additional care, serves up to 24 individuals simultaneously.  This care includes a wide variety of activities to ensure the clients have a safe, secure place to stay while their parents work.

“One of the most important things as far as the parents are concerned is that they just want their kids to have some friends,” said Christopher Berens, executive director.  “[Twin Palms] is a place where all of our clients are a network of friends who protect and look out for each other like family.”

This family atmosphere has led the institution to grow in recent years.  Founded in 1958, Twin Palms has grown over time while revamping its facilities and strengthening programming for clients.  

At Twin Palms, one of the few locations nationally that caters to this specific demographic, Berens and his team are proud to make an ongoing impact in Boca Raton.  Fifty years years after the program’s inception, it has partnered with hundreds of families.

“Twin Palms is proud to have been serving the South Florida community for 50 years, helping more than 300 clients achieve their greatest individual potential,” said Berens.  “We are very proud to be working with this population and to see the good that we do.  What makes it all worth it is to know that these guys care about what we are doing for them.”

To honor 50 years of service in Boca Raton, the 50th Anniversary Picnic will feature a variety of entertainment and activities, including bounce houses, a D.J., a silent auction and a proclamation from Mayor Scott Singer.  With food provided by Mississippi Sweets BBQ COMPANY and 5-Spice Asian Street Market, the event is sure to please all.

“We’re getting the community involved,” said Paul Radding, senior program coordinator and Twin Palms’ licensed practical nurse.  “We have invited organizations that fit into our goals and vision as a company, allowing us to give back to those who have done so much for us and our clients.”

Tickets for the event cost $20 for adults and $15 for children; they include lunch and entertainment.Those interested in attending may visit or call (561) 391-4874 for more information.

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