The Damar Difference is what we call the extra mile – providing the extra care, reaching beyond what’s expected and offering solutions where none existed before. This happens every day at Damar because of individuals we call Difference Makers.

This inaugural award ceremony honored those dedicated individuals and organizations who make life better for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Difference Makers Award Winners

Good Shepherd CYO
Remarkable Volunteer

This year’s volunteer recognition is being bestowed on an organization rather than an individual. For over 40 years, The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Good Shepherd Catholic Church has developed a special relationship with the children of Damar.

Shay Daily
Remarkable Team Member

The Damar Charter Academy (DCA) is Indiana’s first public charter school to provide intensive, individualized, educational programs and behavioral support services to students with autism and other intellectual and developmental challenges. This year’s Remarkable Team Member is a teaching assistant at DCA. Shay Daily is always the first one to jump in and assist with any issue or needs; he demonstrates a true passion and commitment to each and every DCA student and strives to make even a small impact every day.

Sharp Business Systems
Remarkable Corporate Partner

Since early 2012, Sharp Business Systems has been fulfilling Damar’s copy machine and printer needs. But they are certainly more than a trusted vendor; their commitment to service within the Damar organization has evolved and grown over time; they continuously demonstrate to be a collaborative partner in helping fulfill Damar’s mission. This past year, through both time and treasure they chose to sponsor Damar’s High School Prom which is a remarkable and anticipated campus event each year.

Gail Shiel Mahoney
Remarkable Philanthropist

The selection of the 2016 remarkable philanthropist was easy to choose. What wasn’t as easy was getting her to accept. This quality signifies just one of the countless reasons that make Gail Shiel Mahoney the perfect person to receive this recognition. Throughout Damar’s tenure, there is probably not one more influential individual in supporting the ongoing mission and clients with both time and treasure. She is relentless in her support, always first to help but gives all the credit away; she is an exemplary selection for Damar’s first remarkable philanthropist.

The Foster Family
Remarkable Damar Family

Damar often enters into a family’s life on their darkest day. Cortez Foster was declared a child in need of service when he was nine. He had many medical problems, trouble walking and his weight was out of control. His autism limited his language and many times, his aggressive behavior was the only way he could make himself understood. Through diligent work, collaboration, partnership, and heart, please see why The Fosters were named this year’s Remarkable Damar Family.