Invisible No More. That’s the goal of Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) founded by Wayne and Sherri Connell, because of her invisible illness, to provide encouragement, education and connection to people touched by illness, pain and disability. Even though their appearance may not reveal their illness and pain, their battles are very real. Costumes and masks were de rigueur at IDA’s annual gala held at Marriott Denver South and featured a fast-moving, entertainment-filled evening with silent and live auctions, entertainment by Biff Gore of The Voice fame, intriguing slight-of-hand and elevated illusions by internationally recognized illusionist David Laflin with participants from the audience and awards to seven outstanding individuals. Not pictured in the coverage were first ever Media Impact Award winner Jennifer Brea and Inspiration Award winner John O’Leary whose message via video was “Live it Up and Live Inspired!” Young Professional Co-chairs were Amber Adams-Schul and Drew Barnes. Brittani Sievers was auction chair. IDA high school intern Rebecca Zickerman was a guest speaker.
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