Auxiliary to The Ability Center


Auxiliary to The Ability Center members are dedicated ambassadors for our mission and organizers of a major fundraiser, the annual Style Show. Benefiting programs include life skills for youth with disabilities, training and placing of assistance dogs, equipment gifting, and college scholarships for local high school students.

Organized in 1936 and reestablished in 1984, the Auxiliary hosts an annual Style Show raising funds for initiatives supporting people with disabilities.

Auxiliary members also host luncheons throughout the year to connect with like-minded people, listen to informative presentations, and share ideas on how to make Toledo more disability-friendly.

View programs and initiatives supported by the Auxiliary to The Ability Center

Next Steps Summer Program:
The Auxiliary supported transportation costs, business clothing, and recreational activities during the time they are living and learning at the University of Toledo.

Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence:
Money donated purchased one mini-modular puppy playground will provide enrichment experiences for our puppies that are starting their training. Also, included is sponsorship of another puppy which is starting its journey to becoming a service or therapy dog.

Housing Resource Center:
Benefited one-time emergency assistance for funds towards purchases of disability-related equipment that will increase or maintain one’s independence. items such as grab bars, raised toilet seats, shower seats or handheld shower heads to help those with disabilities to live safer and easier at home.

Purchase of an aluminum ramp for a child, increasing their independence.

College Scholarships for Students with Disabilities:
The Auxiliary has assisted The Ability Center in providing scholarships to students pursuing college degrees since 2008. This year $10,000 will be awarded to students.

Auxiliary Leadership


Gwen Ames



Arlene Whelan

Vice President


Jan Zimmerman

Recording Secretary


Joan Tobias

Corresponding Secretary


Mary Tucker



Candy Vogel




Date Event Location Speaker
September 18 Auxiliary Fall Luncheon Highland Meadows Golf Club Toledo Zoo
October 2 Style Show The Pinnacle Sashem Brey

Schedule for all Luncheons

11:30 a.m. – Registration/Social
12:00 noon – Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – Program