It was a fantastic event by all accounts! This year’s summer celebration featured food trucks, DJ and karaoke, games, good cheer, and most meaningfully of all, a dedication and remembrance of the late Rep. John Dingell.
Congressman Dingell, who served more than 59 years in Congress before passing earlier this year, was one of the original sponsors of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990. Once enacted, he also continued to advocate for it, as well as numerous other laws that define the lives of people with disabilities, including medicaid, social security, and affordable housing.
Congressman Dingell was a zealous and tireless advocate for the rights, needs, and humanity of people with disabilities. And closer to home, he was also a champion of the Ann Arbor CIL. He was more than a Washington leader who changed lives on a national level – he was a friend, advocate, and supporter of our community.
He touched us on a personal level, and we will forever remember him with honor and pride. Congressman Dingell visited the Ann Arbor CIL during his tenure in office many times and got to know our community. He voiced our needs to fellow government leaders, advocated for our funding during turbulent times, and regularly attended our events.
Throughout all he did, he brought a deep sense of personal commitment, sincerity, and passion. Simply put, the Ann Arbor CIL would not be what it is today without him. He was a beloved figurehead for all of us and a champion for our organization’s advancement.
At the event on July 26, we planted a tree to establish an enduring way to remember him and honor his work and impact. To Congressman Dingell, thank YOU. Your legacy lives on.