TAYLOR – Supporters of the Jo Brighton Center’s basketball teams and the Special Olympics packed the Taylor Moose hall on Friday night for an awards banquet and fundraiser that was attended by around 250 people.

Brenda Cains was the main organizer of the event, which targeted the organization’s seven basketball teams participating in the Special Olympics. The Jo Brighton Center, located in Wyandotte, was established in 1973 and services students with moderate cognitive impairments (ages 14-18) from across the Downriver region, along with work skills students ages 18-26. 

Along with a DJ and plenty of food, the event featured a large 50/50 raffle, donated gift baskets and a bike from Planet Fitness. Rodgers Chevrolet purchased new basketballs for all the teams. Taylor Chevrolet made a monetary donation.

The event was attended by Mayor Rick Sollars of the City of Taylor, along with City Council members Charley Johnson and Tim Woolley.

Members of the seven basketball teams signed a special basketball for the mayor. He took pictures with all the team members and addressed the crowd, telling them how important their efforts were in athletics and the Special Olympics movement. The teams, spurred on by Cains, gave the mayor a “group hug” at the end of the presentation.

For more information on the Jo Brighton Center, click on http://www.wyandotte.org/jobc/.