Individuals with Disabilities

Donell & Becky Lauters. The reason this all started.

Not just ”special needs” Special people


In 1999, we passed the hat to help a family of a Special Olympian. This simple act of charity has blossomed to over $2.3 million in donations, much of it to individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities, and to organizations that support them.

As we prepare for the opening of Mel’s Village at Northern Gateway, our commitment will grow from financial support into a place to live, a place to work, a place to play and a place for everyone to enjoy.



Mel’s Day at Blue Lotus Center

Mel’s Magic Moments Dinner Dance

Mel’s Day at Concordia University