100 Men Who Care

100 Men Who Care

There’s a very special organization that’s helping non-profits in all across South Florida. They are 100 Men Who Care. This group of business leaders has banded together to support small non-profits in South Florida. They hold meetings every quarter and vote for a non-profit to receive a donation of up to $10,000 based upon attendance.

The organizations leaders are Joseph Costello, Paul Sallarulo, Margaux Fiori and Mara Kelly. The last meeting was held in May at the Capital Grille in Fort Lauderdale. The group allows three charities to speak in front of the entire organization, then they vote for one of the non-profits to receive this quarters donation. John Becker, IT Director at ScentsAbility made a heartfelt speech to the entire audience and discussed the effects that ScentsAbility has had on every individual with special needs that has passed through the doors of the candle shoppe. He spoke about ScentsAbility’s honorary membership into the National Candle Association, and it’s many achievements over the last decade. When the voting was over, ScentsAbility came out on top!

The ScentsAbility team would like to say thank you to all of the members of 100 Men Who Care for their generous support.100 Men Who Care is there to help non-profits survive, and give hope to those that are searching for funding to continue their mission. What their organization does is much needed in the community, and can single-handedly change the direction of a non-profit.

ScentsAbility will be using the funds received from 100 Men Who Care to develop a ScentsAbility flashcard app that will teach our special young adults how to read, learn and recognize the different scents they sell. It will be designed to be fun and engaging with multiple levels of achievement. ScentsAbility will always strive to spread the word about 100 Men Who Care so that other non-profits can have the hope that support is nearby.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of 100 Men Who Care!

A new scent at the NCA Expo!

A new scent at the NCA Expo!

It’s been a whirlwind at ScentsAbility since we attended last years NCA(National Candle Association) Expo. We’ve made so many important partnerships, and met incredible people along the way. The support we received since 2017 has been overwhelming.

Being invited back to this years Expo was the most important event on ScentsAbility’s to-do list, and we wanted to make it special. We flew up to New Jersey with team members Jessica and Lexy to meet with executives from Symrise the worldwide fragrance manufacturer, where they took a tour of the factory and learned all about fragrances. They also met with Wick-It who provides our candle wicks to see how wicks are made!

This years Expo was in South Florida and the theme was the Everglades. The team worked with Symrise to create a new candle scent. ScentsAbility had a Master Perfumer assigned to their account, and she created a truly remarkable scent called “Glow in the Glades.” The special young adults at ScentsAbility worked diligently to pour 350 of these amazing new candles to be included in the swag bags for every attendee at the Expo!

 

 

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

Another year gone by and another year at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. A great outdoor event celebrating the arts. Full of food, fun and entertainment. The ScentsAbility team looks forward to this event every year. It usually takes place around St. Patrick’s day which makes it extra fun year after year.

As always ScentsAbility is one of the busiest booths at the festival. The Make Your Own Magic Wax Candles are always a hit with kids. Some return year after year to make a candle again and again.

ScentsAbility is proud of all the products they make. All of which were named by the special young adults at ScentsAbility. ScentRocks air freshener, ScentSnaps wax melts, ScentsAbility Hanitizer scented hand sanitizer, ScentMe scented roll-on.

This year we had a very special visit from the young lady that’s on our banner. We took her picture 6 years ago! Today she is all grown up. That’s her picture to her left.  It was another great weekend at the ScentsAbility booth! Thanks to all those that came out for a great weekend of family fun!

A Visit to WICK IT!

It was special trip for special people. Jessica and Lexy took off for New Jersey to visit a company that has been more than supportive of ScentsAbility. Wick It has provided candle wicks to ScentsAbility for over two years now. The girls met with Joe Blythe, the owner of Wick It, and he took them on a tour of the factory.

 

Then the girls paid a visit to the candle shop next door to see their own candles on display!

Wick It has their own candle making experience behind the store and the girls jumped right in! They chose their own fragrances, then showed their stuff as they made their own creations!

At the end of the day the girls presented Joe with a very special gift! Thank you to Wick It for the amazing support you give to ScentsAbility candles! We are very grateful for the incredible trip to the Wick It candle wick factory!

 

 

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

The team had another great year at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. It was an early morning rise for Michael, Billy, Shaun and Kim. They’ve proven that they’re becoming experts at setting up the tent and tables for every ScentsAbility event.

Everyone works together as a team to put up the tent then Michael is in charge of setting up Essential Oils, while Kim lays out the candle tins. On the other side of the booth Billy and Shaun setup the table for making your own magic wax candles!

What a team!

The team saw “The Rodeo Clowns” perform and also “Roll the Stones” a tribute band to the Rolling Stones! You guys are lucky!

The team sold their new signature wood wick soy candles, Happy Hands hand sanitizer, Essential Oils, Scent Rocks air fresheners, Scent Silk body lotion, and make your own magic wax candles! We’ll see you next year!

Miami Dolphin James Pruitt visits ScentsAbility!

ScentsAbility received a very special visit from retired Miami Dolphins wide receiver James Pruitt. Mr. Pruitt was a natural with the team. He discussed what it was like to be different and how we have to hold our chins up every day. The team took him for a tour of the shop and showed him everything they do to keep the shop running. Then Mr. Pruitt gave each member an “I C.A.R.E” button and autographed everyone’s shirts. Mr Pruitt is a class act!

 

Bright Horizons Magic Candles

Bright Horizons Magic Candles

It was a very special day for ScentsAbility. We visited the Bright Horizons school for special education, some with severe disabilities. The candle making process was modified with automatic pouring machines that assisted those that don’t have the ability to hold a scoop with their hands. The student presses the color they want to use. The tablet they use speaks the command that the student selects. Team ScentsAbility helped each and every student make a magic wax candle to bring home for Valentine’s Day! Great job team! Thank you to the staff at Bright Horizons for all of the incredible work you do for individuals with special needs.

ScentsAbility’s First Fundraiser is a Smash Hit!

ScentsAbility’s First Fundraiser is a Smash Hit!

Painting for a Purpose was an amazing event and so much fun! Thank you for helping us on our mission to provide job training, employment and housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special thank you to Joy Carter, Jennifer Pollack Percival, Temple Dor Dorim Palm Caterers, Lucky’s Market of Coral Springs, Dan Marino Foundation, Arlotta Entertainment, Naomi Alzate-Martin, Denise Anderson, Jodi Cohen, Jill Alter, Donna Davila, Robyn from A Painting Fiesta of Weston, all attendees and our amazing Team at ScentsAbility!

ARC National Convention

ScentsAbility was invited to attend the ARC National Convention in Orlando, a joint event on the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families hosted by The Arc of the United States and Inclusion International. The team attended seminars on The Future of Advocacy & Inclusion, and also took part in Entrepreneur Alley!

 

The General Session included the full cast of Born This Way for an exciting conversation about public perception of people with disabilities, community inclusion, employment, family, and much more. Team ScentsAbility took photos with the cast and also received autographed pictures. Later that night the team enjoyed food, fun and dancing with the cast of Born This Way! Watch their video on youtube!

Thank you to ARC for inviting ScentsAbility to this very special event!

 

 

Painting for a Purpose Fundraiser!

Painting for a Purpose Fundraiser!

Scentsability Candles is excited to host its first annual Painting For A Purpose fundraiser at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston on December 11th from 4 pm – 7 pm!

Click Here to See Event Details and to Purchase Tickets!

Scentsability Candles is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide job training, employment and housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Join us for a guided painting lesson by Painting Fiesta, Weston and paint a custom ScentsAbility candle. Wine, hors doeuvres, raffles, silent auction, painting AND ScentsAbility’s “SCENTsational” products at special prices just in time for the holidays!

For 10 years, our young adults have made and sold candles and other scented products for body and home. Through this process they are given a “scents” of purpose, fulfillment, and inclusion. By 2017, our goal is to grow even more. We want to expand into Weston, with the leadership of our newest employee, Alexis, and begin our Independent Housing Fund.  Please support the young adults of ScentsAbility on their path to independence.

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