Unlimited Opportunities, Inc. held their annual banquet at the Isle of Capri Friday evening. According to Jennifer Waibel, executive director of UOI, it was a record breaking evening with approximately 350  people in attendance.

Following the meal, Waibel introduced special guests Julie Doerr, Cooper County public administrator, and Mr. Roy Cary, who has provided many extras including meal tickets, circus, etc. Others who were recognized included CCBSS board members, CCBSS case managers, and UOI board members.

This year's highlights included:

•Currently 130 employees

•Currently supporting 211 individuals in UOI programs

•Three year International Accreditation by CARF, June 2020

Increased started wages and five percent wage increase to direct support employees who have been there at least six months

•Memberships of civic organizations: Rotary, Kiwanis, Human Services Council, Boonville Housing Authority Board, Lions Club, Boonville Women's Club, Annual Community Prayer Breakfast Planning Committee, Fraternal Order of Eagles 1022

•Bll Recycling Center diverted 3,839,365 lbs of recycling from landfills

•Bll has a safety program to document the number of days since a lost time injury occurred, as of today it is 702 days

•Volunteer activities: collection of school supplies for children in need, collection of supplies for a local women's shelter, activities at schools and local nursing homes, cleaning area parks, collect recycling, and Buddy Packs. UOI Food Drive collected and donated 706 lbs. of food to Neighbors Helping Neighbors

•Many clients attended the Shriners Circus, the “Night to Shine”, vacation to Nashville, Mother's Day Tea Party, NASCAR races, Big Surf, Worlds of Fun, and several clients submitted artwork to the Directors Showcase in Jefferson City, with artwork purchased by those attending

Lastly, UOI lost a family member, Beth Ann Rackers. Beth had lived at Hillcrest since its opening in 1991.

Waibel also announced an upcoming event to be held on July 14. There will be a Blood Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The main part of the program was the presentation of awards. Recipients were nominated by employees within the agency and selected by a committee based on the number of nominations he or she received and his/her accomplishments, contributions and attributes. In alphabetical order, the recipients were: Derrick Breashears, Kelly Derendinger, Deanna Hodges, Lisa McLandsborough, Sara Morrison, Matt Roettgen, Joey Vollmer, and Brue Waibel.

Entertainment was provided by Marie Perry who sang “One Moment in Time,” and Rusty Pliers and Meatball (a puppet), who performed stand-up comedy with audience participation.

The evening ended with four clients doing Karaoke following by dancing.