Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Advocate for the disabled wins Helping Restore Ability honor

Vicki Niedermayer and Josh Schilling.
Vicki Niedermayer and Josh Schilling. Courtesy photo

Josh Schilling of Dallas received the 2015 Sam Provence Award at the recent Hand in Hand luncheon hosted by Arlington-based nonprofit Helping Restore Ability.

The annual luncheon held at the Dallas Omni Hotel was a sellout crowd there to applaud the efforts of local advocates for those with disabilities who were nominated for the award and to hear the moving keynote address by father-son duo Dick and Rick Hoyt, who together have run the Boston Marathon 32 times, with Dick pushing his son, who lives with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair.

The award is named for the founder of Helping Restore Ability, Sam Provence, who was a tremendous advocate for disabled people. Helping Restore Ability provides personal attendant care for people who are disabled to help them remain self-sufficient and enable them to live in their homes, go to school or work, and most notably to maintain their independence and dignity.

Schilling was chosen over four other nominees to receive the honor for his remarkable work in serving and supporting people with disabling conditions. The other nominees were Matt Robinson, Marty Skinner, Jason Smith and David Tutt, all of Fort Worth.

“Josh is a true champion when it comes to assisting those with special needs and has dedicated his life to the cause,” said Vicki Niedermayer, the chief executive of Helping Restore Ability. Schilling is the founder of HEROES, an organization that offers a summer camp program for special-needs children and adults.

Niedermayer said the HEROES organization offers families respite weekends at least once each month so that families can have a worry-free weekend knowing their disabled loved one is getting excellent care and oversight.

“Being chosen as the recipient of the award is such an honor,” said Schilling. “Serving individuals with all different abilities is such a blessing, and helping them with the lifelong learning needed to become a contributing member of society is extremely rewarding.”

Schilling has two special-needs children at home and works as a behavioral specialist for Highland Park schools. “We are proud to call Josh a friend and truly admire the work he does in the community to advocate for persons with disabilities,” said Niedermayer.

Learn more about Helping Restore Ability at To inquire about nominating someone for the 2016 Sam Provence Award, contact Kimmie Hack at

Encore Club leaders ready for the new year

Members and guests at the final meeting of the Encore Club before their summer break enjoyed Allan Saxe’s installation of new officers for the year 2015-16 recently at Rolling Hills Country. Saxe is a professor at UT Arlington well known for his volunteer work and philanthropic efforts in Arlington.

Congratulations to Kay Bond, elected for another term as president. Other women installed as officers for the upcoming year are Christine Felton, Edna Collins-Harris, Shirley Binion, Patti Bryant, Jonette White and Nancy York.

The Encore Club was established in 1975 with the mission of “promoting friendship among women through social, cultural and philanthropic activities.”

More than 200 members can meet monthly for luncheons and a program and can participate in any of the club’s bridge or mah jong departments. Annual dues are $20.

To make inquiries, contact Shirley Binion at 817-275-5782.

At a glance

▪ Raffle tickets are now on sale to benefit the Arlington Board of Realtors Foundation (ARBOR). A drawing will be held on Sept. 10 for a suite for 10 people at the Texas Rangers game against the Houston Astros on Sept. 17. Suite includes three parking passes, soft drinks and popcorn. Winner need not be present to win.

Tickets are $20 each or three tickets for $50. Proceeds benefit the work of the foundation as it provides home repairs to those unable to afford them and also to help the scholarship fund for high school seniors. Learn more at To purchase tickets, contact Teri Woodson at 817-701-2490.

▪ Mama Won’t Fly opens at Theatre Arlington on Friday and runs through Aug. 23. This is the last show of the season. The hilarious comedy is about a determined daughter getting her mother across the country for a wedding coming up in three days — the big problem being that “mama won’t fly.” Their misadventures on the cross-country drive make for a wild experience. Contact the box office at 817-275-7661 or go online to to get tickets.

▪ Asian Business EXPO is Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arlington Convention Center hosted by the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce-Southwest. Visit or call 682-367-1393 for information.

▪ Leadership Arlington Prospective Member Mixer is Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at Rio Mambo, 6407 S. Cooper St. Anyone interested in learning more about the leadership training and camaraderie the leadership course provides is invited to attend. Direct inquiries to

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