Echoing Hills celebrates 50 years

| August 2, 2017

WARSAW – Buddy Busch, president/CEO of Echoing Hills, was very thankful for all those who turned out for the organizations 50th anniversary celebration.

“We have a full house and so many friends are being united after many years,” he said.

Supporters of Echoing Hills were invited to a dinner and presentation held Sunday, July 30. The evening started off with music by Sheldon Mencer. Then Busch recognized board members, representatives from their program in Ghana, West Africa, staff members and volunteers, Lions Club representatives, who have supported Echoing Hills with fundraisers since the very beginning, and local, state and federal officials. Once Busch was done thanking everyone for their years of support, he introduced Echoing Hills founder Cordell Brown.

“This man and his wife have put 50 years of blood, sweat and tears into helping people with disabilities and sharing the Gospel with them,” Busch said.

Before Brown stepped to the podium attendees watched a 15 minute video where he shared his life story. He explained that he was born with cerebral palsy and people asked his parents why they didn’t send him to an institution. Their answer was that they were going to raise him and do everything they could to make his life as normal as possible. In 1965, Brown decided he wanted to help do that for others and the idea of Echoing Hills was born.

Today Echoing Hills provides recreational, residential, vocational, travel and educational services for people with disabilities throughout the state of Ohio and internationally.

“I never in my wildest dreams thought this would become a worldwide organization,” Brown said. “I want to publicly thank my dear wife who chose to be by my side and everyone for their prayerful support. What a joy it has been to celebrate what Christ has done.”

Several government officials then presented Brown and Busch with proclamation’s to mark Echoing Hills 50th anniversary.

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