BENEFITING: Arc of Indiana Foundation Inc
On September 7th, 2015, nationally recognized activist Richard Propes heads out on his 26th Annual Tenderness Tour. This year's event includes a 62-mile wheelchair ride across the full-length of the Cardinal Greenway from Marion, Indiana to Richmond, Indiana along with community service days in Marion, Muncie, Randolph County, and Richmond, Indiana.
All proceeds from the 2015 Tenderness Tour will benefit Arc of Indiana's Erskine Green Training Institute.
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The Arc strives to empower people and inspire change in many ways , including expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We not only advocate for change, we are working to be part of that change by developing the Erskine Green Training Institute and the nation’s first teaching hotel – the Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center.
After receiving training at the institute, individuals will apply those skills through an internship at the Courtyard Muncie, developed by our for-profit affiliate, Arc Innovations. Other internship opportunities are available at the Thr3e Wiseman restaurant that will be located at the Courtyard Muncie and at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Construction is now underway. The Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center is slated to open in December, 2015. The Erskine Green Training Institute will open to students in January, 2016. It is the goal of the 2015 Tenderness Tour to raise enough funds, estimated to be between $9 - 12,000, to provide one full scholarship so that a person with a disability will be able to attend this groundbreaking opportunity for persons with disabilities in Indiana. Tenderness Tour Founder/Director Richard Propes, in addition to being a paraplegic/double amputee with spina bifida, is an eight-year employee of the State of Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and has long credited his own decision to leave life on Social Security Disability and enter the workforce as a vital step on his own road to healing and empowerment. After 25 years of the Tenderness Tour, Propes is working to establish the Tenderness Center, an art gallery and creative space celebrating "the art of social justice," in Central Indiana.
Since 1989, Propes has traveled over 4,500 miles in his wheelchair while helping children's organizations worldwide raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. A paraplegic/double amputee born with spina bifida, Propes began the Tenderness Tour in 1989 with a 41-day, 1086 mile wheelchair tour around the border of Indiana as a healing journey from his own childhood abuse. When he returned home that year, he knew he'd discovered hope and a lifelong mission along the way.
Since that first Tenderness Tour, Propes has wheeled to Chicago three times, Cincinnati, Lexington, and offered regional Tenderness Tours throughout the country. He's received numerous awards for his efforts including the Sagamore of the Wabash from the State of Indiana, the Order of Kentucky Colonels from the State of Kentucky, the Donna J. Stone Award (Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor), and others.
While Richard has always considered himself more of an activist than a fundraiser, he enjoys coming up with fun and creative ways to do both ranging from his goofy 15th Anniversary Tenderness Tour where he donated $15.00 to a children's organization in every country of the world to what was likely his most powerful Tenderness Tour to date last year when he traveled to the Southern Illinois hometown of Jessica Evans, a 17-year-old who'd been murdered along with her boyfriend while out camping, and he wheeled from the town where she'd been killed to her home.
Richard Propes is an award-winning activist, writer and minister from Indianapolis, Indiana whose life long devotion to creating a peaceful home for every child began with a 41-day, 1000 mile wheelchair tour of Indiana in 1989. Since then, he's traveled nearly 5,000 miles and helped organizations raise hundreds of thousands of dollars while speaking to churches, schools, civic groups, community leaders and more. Propes is the author of "The Hallelujah Life" and the founder/publisher of TheIndependentCritic.com. When he's not on the road, he works as a program director for the State of Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services.
2015 Tenderness Tour - September 7 - 11, 2015
September 7, 2015 - Arrive in Marion, Indiana, Possible Evening Event
September 8, 2015 - Wheel from Marion to Muncie w/Evening Event
9am Start: Miller Avenue Trailhead, Marion
14th Avenue Trailhead, Marion
Water Street Trailhead, Gas City
CR 400 Trailhead
McGalliard Road Trailhead, Muncie
McCulloch Riverview Trailhead, Muncie
Stop: Wyser St. Depot, Muncie
September 9, 2015 - Wheel from Muncie to Losantville w/Evening Event
9am Start: Wyser St. Depot, Muncie
Mansfield Park Trailhead
CR 534 Trailhead
Stop: Losantville Trailhead (Spend night in Losantville or Winchester)
September 10, 2015 - Wheel From Losantville to Richmond w/Evening Event
9am Start: Losantville Trailhead
Jacksonburg Road Trailhead
Newman Road Trailhead
SR 35 Trailhead, Webster
Tingler Road Trailhead
Union Pike Trailhead
Stop: D Street Trailhead, Richmond
September 11, 2015 - Return Home
For more information on the Tenderness Tour, you can visit the official Tenderness Tour website.
All participants in the Tenderness Tour, including Richard, are volunteers. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the cause. If you'd like to contribute to help cover tour expenses, you can make a donation out to "Tenderness Tour" and mail it to:
5115 Devon Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226
Find out more about the Erskine Green Training Institute by visiting the institute's website.