Expo fans, buckle up for an action-packed weekend in the Auti Angel Events Arena as local community leaders share a slew of adaptive sports, fun dance opportunities, info-packed service animal demonstrations plus more activities. We are pleased to announce that our longtime exhibitor, Hollister Incorporated, will be the exclusive sponsor of this hub of action and audience involvement on the Abilities Expo floor!
"Hollister is honored to sponsor the Auti Angel Events Arena at 2022 Abilities Expos, helping to spotlight community leaders and adaptive sports competitors as we uplift people with disabilities," said Charles Cush, Sr. Director, US Marketing for Hollister Incorporated. "The Expo celebrates opportunity, engagement and support, directly aligning with Hollister's mission to make life more rewarding for people who use our products and services."
Hollister manufactures quality medical products for ostomy, continence, wound and critical care markets, and will also be exhibiting in booth #416 at the Houston Expo.
"We are very excited to be expanding our relationship with Hollister to include their sponsorship of the Auti Angel Events Arena at our Houston, Phoenix and Dallas expos in 2022," said David Korse, CEO of the Abilities Expos. "The interactive demonstrations held in our Event Arena showcase examples of what members of the disability community can explore to expand their life experiences."
Make Plans to Enjoy an Expo Event or Performance
Abilities Expo showcases a wide range of special events to give you the opportunity to test your own skills, expand your interests and find programs in the local area. All events take place in the Auti Angel Events Arena unless otherwise noted.
Ready to have a lot of fun and work out at the same time, Houston attendees? Come experience a WOW Wheelchair Fitness Class! The class features movements for seated students and is taught by a seated instructor.
You also can learn all about service dogs including funding support, the process to acquire a dog and what to expect from your service dog provider organization.
Or you may want to try wheelchair tennis, adaptive lacrosse, seated volleyball or wheelchair fencing. The sky is the limit to your adventures at the Houston Expo!
Meet Your Master of Ceremonies, Madonna Long
The incomparable Madonna Long will serve as the Events Arena Master of Ceremonies on behalf of Hollister during the Houston Expo, taking place at the NRG Center on August 5-7, 2022. Madonna has been a force for advocacy and independence since 1981, when a school bus accident caused her to become a paraplegic.
A familiar face in the halls of Congress, Madonna's journey to our nation's Capital began in her twenties when she ran for the Nevada state legislature alongside former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
For more than 20 years, she has helped drive legislation efforts to protect access to health care and independence for people with disabilities nationwide. Today, she continues to serve her community from her home state of Wyoming where she serves on several disability boards while also assisting people who have medical supply needs.
When asked about the most rewarding aspect of her legislative advocacy efforts, Madonna says, "I am not just working for myself. I'm working for everyone like me who has a disability, while bringing the message to our leaders to ensure that medical and mobility products we need are reimbursed through Medicare or Medicaid."
Hollister Hosts Advocates for TIRR Community Service Program
If you have a friend or loved one who is undergoing rehab at TIRR Memorial Hermann, be sure to let them know about a special community service program taking place on Thursday, August 4, 2022. See the full details below.
The Abilities Expo and Hollister have teamed up with local Houston advocate Chad Waligura and our Master of Ceremonies Madonna Long to host this peer-focused event for TIRR patients and spinal cord injury community members-at-large.
More Lifestyle Support After the Expo Ends
You may have questions about your condition and how to keep living the life you want to live, but you don't have to figure things out on your own. Hollister is here to help!
Join Hollister SecureStart Services today and receive free personalized support regardless of the brand of ostomy or continence care products you use. Plus, you'll also get their community eNewsletter delivered right to your inbox.
To register, visit https://www.hollister.com/en/consumerservices.
Hollister is also unwavering in their longstanding support of organizations like Girls with Guts, the United Spinal Association and the United Ostomy Association of America, where members can discuss self-advocacy strategies and mental health resources peer-to-peer.
Beyond their active involvement with Abilities Expos held nationwide, Hollister also partners with leading Adapted Athletics programs at the University of Alabama and San Diego State University.
About Hollister Incorporated:
Hollister Incorporated is an independent, employee-owned company that develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products worldwide. The company develops and manufactures products for Ostomy Care, Continence Care and Critical Care, and also develops educational support materials for patients and healthcare professionals.
The company's global headquarters is located in Libertyville, Illinois, forty miles north of downtown Chicago, and Hollister has manufacturing and distribution facilities on three continents, marketing and selling its products in nearly 80 countries worldwide. As a wholly owned subsidiary of The Firm of John Dickinson Schneider Inc. (JDS Inc.), Hollister is guided by the shared Mission of JDS Inc.—to make life more rewarding and dignified for people who use the company's products and services. Learn more at https://www.hollister.com/en/consumerservices.
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