Gov Palin Receives IGHL Award for Defending People with Special Needs

 

Gov Palin Receives IGHL Award for Defending People with Special Needs

Updated June 8, 2009 at 3:30 EDT.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin received the Independent Group Home Living, Inc. 30th Anniversary award on June 7, 2009 presented at the Flowerfield catering hall in St. James New York for her advocacy and defense of people with special needs. Just prior to receiving the award, Governor Palin joined thousands of walkers in a Autism Speaks’ “Walk Now For Autism” in Purchase, NY and saw part of a Yankee game.

Governor Palin Receives IGHL Award for Defending People with Special Needs

A fleeting moment….from left, Walter W. Stockton, CEO, Independent Group Home Living, Inc. (IGHL), Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and husband Todd. June 7, 2009, 6:17 PM EDT.

Gov. Palin said she was humbled to receive this award, because IGHL had been advocating for the disabled for 30 years; she had only started when she gave birth to Trig. Her sister Heather was present, along with her nephew Karcher who has autism. Gov. Palin spoke about the sanctity of life and the importance of respecting all human beings regardless of their abilities. Regarding her son Trig, Gov. Palin said, “God has blessed us, and we don’t ask why me? why us?….Without Trig, I don’t think we would ever have had our hearts, and our minds, our souls, and ourselves opened up to the passion that you all have and had for many years for the special needs community. Without Trig, I think that that would be absent from us.”

“Every single person has purpose, no matter what their developmental abilities….Independence and freedom: they’re cherished rights for every citizen regardless of their ability,” she said. The Governor renewed her campaign pledge to be a friend and advocate of anyone with special needs. Of the IGHL, Governor Palin said, “you were pioneers….you offered dignity, and you offered independence, instead of basically, candidly, just warehousing people.”

Also present were talk show host, Sean Hannity and Congressman Peter King, both staunch supporters of Gov. Palin’s. Hannity noted that Gov. Palin did her speech without a teleprompter. “Obviously, this was from your heart,” he said.”I know her passion and her commitment to this cause, which many of you have been involved in for over 30 years,” he said. “Whenever we serve other people in need, in our lives, we are serving a higher calling. I have been and continue to be as pro-life as anybody that I know…because…I believe as our founding document says, ‘we are all endowed by our Creator.'”

Gov. Palin’s time at IGHL was fleeting. Following a photo session on a footbridge in the main dining area, she went into another dining room where the podium was located, received the award, gave her speech, then left the building. As this story goes to press, Governor Palin is in Washington, DC to meet with Alaska’s Washington office (John Katz) regarding the AGIA natural gas pipeline.

New York Newsday was the only major newspaper in the New York metropolitan area that provided comprehensive, objective, and respectful coverage of this event, as well as a beautiful photo spread of Gov. Palin at Yankee Stadium and at the Autism Speaks walk (not a mention on Autism Speaks site, of Governor Palin’s participation in their event). The New York Newsday coverage and photo spread is now part of a reference list.

Sarah Palin receives IGHL Award

Most media were not allowed to access the room in which the speech was given, but this author was able to get this shot through the window outside, as his video camera was running inside a room away….so near yet so far away….June 7, 2009, 6:49 PM EDT.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

Gov. Palin receives IGHL 30th Anniversary Award for her defense of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of New York Newsday.

References

Lam, C. (2009, June 7). Sarah Palin speaks at fundraiser in St. James. New York Newsday. Retrieved June 8, 2009 from: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-sarahpalin0608,0,1640711.story

Sarah Palin at Yankees game, on LI. (2009, June 8), New York Newsday. Retrieved June 8, 2009 from: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-palin-pg,0,794332.photogallery

Janison, D. (2009, June 7). Is Sarah Palin running for prez? On Long Island, nobody’s saying no. New York Newsday. Retrieved June 8, 2009 from: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-pojanipalin0608-col,0,4798031.column

 


 

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  • reaganiterepublicanr

    If Sarah Palin is so silly and irrelevant, why the obsession? Clearly the Left noted her appeal, and are out to eliminate the threat- it's not like it's not obvious.Palin has been highly successful in life while ignoring the left-wing feminist model… this helps to explain the extra dose of venom in the attacks.Democrats are plenty afraid of Palin coming-back at them in 2012 with a dynamic and complementary VP like Bobby Jindal… or visa versa. And they surely have reason to fear her-Palin is the most popular governor in the country… are all those people idiots? Alaska was a pretty corrupt system until she stepped in. Her reforms took on entrenched politicians (inc. Republicans), a mafioso-style union boss, and Big Oil.Wouldn't it have been nice if Obama had been principled and brave enough to confront the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine?Or shady political operators like Tony Rezko?Racist preachers?Instead of doing business with every last one of them?Go get em, Sarah- and don't mind the press, nobody will be listening to them anymore after the pending Obamamania implosion- and the ties of GE and others are fully exposed.http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/

  • Rocky2

    DAVID LETTERMAN'S HATE, etc. ! Speaking of anti-Semitism, it's Jerry Falwell and other fundy leaders who've gleefully predicted that in the future EVERY nation will be against Israel (an international first?) and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed, right? Wrong! It's the ancient Jewish prophet Zechariah who predicted all this in the 13th and 14th chapters of his book! The last prophet, Malachi, explains the reason for this future Holocaust that'll outdo even Hitler's by stating that "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this" and asks "Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother?" Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and Jewish persons? Then please explain the recent filthy, hate-filled, back-stabbing tirades by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard) against a leading evangelical named Sarah Palin, and explain why most Jewish leaders have seemingly condoned Palin's continuing "crucifixion"! While David and Sandra are tragically turning comedy into tragedy, they are also helping to speed up and fulfill the Final Holocaust a la Zechariah and Malachi, thus helping to make the Bible even more believable!

  • Ron Devito

    Rocky2,I had some serious reservations about publishing this, because I don't want to turn a blog about Governor Palin's accomplishments into a holy war or into a forum for religious debates. I published it because I wanted to address one salient point you raised and that is the treatment of Governor Palin by some — not all — but some Jewish community leaders.I cannot account for why some Jewish leaders behave as they do. A good number of them vote Democrat — this has always been. You can put a biblical spin on that I guess, but is the reality we deal with. There is a phenomenon called the "self-hating Jew" – perhaps that would account for why some of them would vote for a character like Obama — who is quite frankly their worst enemy and why they would spit in the face of a friend like Governor Palin.Governor Palin is a leader for ALL people and if you read her Twitter feed — which is posted on this blog on the right-hand side — you'll see that she supports our Jewish community — and when she was in NY last September, she was to speak out in support of Israel — it was craven leaders who dis-invited her because Hillary Clinton made a flap over it.Governor Palin has simple Christian faith, which she tends to keep private and she does not mix it up with her work. In fact, she was in Juneau the weekend her home port church was firebombed. Doing her state's budget took precedence — as it should have. Bill McAllister said she's the "governor, not the preacher in chief." I would not call her a leading evangelical — she's nothing like Huckabee who wants to shove his religion down people's throats and who wears his religion on his sleeve. She tends to live and let live….and that is one of the many things I love about her. One of the bedrocks of Christianity is TOLERANCE — a point lost on many evangelicals — the "holier than thou" types — which is a class I think Huckabee fits squarely in. This is why he always will only be able to win Bible Belt states. Governor Palin is not just for evangelicals. She's for all of us. She celebrates Hannukah. She mourned with the Sikhs in their temple following the Mumbai terrorist atrocity. She celebrates Juneteenth Day.What we need to do is reach out to the Jewish community and educate these leaders that Sarah Palin is the best friend they have — and should be treated as such. Quoting the Bible and concocting a story about how her mistreatment will lead to a final holocaust is NOT the way to do it; and is not the kind of support she needs — in my opinion.

  • Peach

    Most of my Jewish friends,relatives,and professional contacts are liberal. Most just dismissed Sarah without spending one moment to learn her political views.Too bad many voters just assume a candidate's position and vote accordingly.