BVT Men’s Benefit Raises $50,000 for Scholarship Program

Fun, Fellowship and Classic Cars Too – Annual men’s benefit raises $50,000 for scholarship program that allows many residents to call the Village their home

Photo: John Bermudez and family

John Bermudez shared his family’s personal testimony about watching their loved one, his daughter Chloe, live a filling and purposeful life with Down Syndrome.

More than 180 sons and brothers, fathers and grandfathers recently came together for the 5th Annual Robert L. Breckenridge Men’s Breakfast at BCFS’ assisted living community in Tyler, Breckenridge Village. The event was full of fun and fellowship, to date raising more than $50,000 in scholarship assistance for the residents of BVT.

The dewy morning was the perfect setting for an antique and classic car show as local do-wop band, “The C,” filled the air with oldies from the 50’s & 60’s. Casey Rivers, from the hit TV show Nashville Star, opened the formal program singing “God Bless America” as BVT resident, Ryan, presented the American flag.

John Bermudez, Management Consultant with Chick-fil-A based in Atlanta, Georgia, served as the keynote speaker. Bermudez challenged the men in attendance to bridge the gap for individuals with intellectual disabilities in their community. His testimony came straight from the heart of a parent whose child struggles with a disability.

John’s daughter, Chloe, has Down Syndrome. Together with her sister, Phoebe, the two girls played a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” on their violins. Phoebe shared the daily challenges and obstacles she sees Chloe face, reiterating her father’s message of using the strengths and gifts that each person has to bridge the gap for those with developmental disabilities.

Robert and Jean Breckenridge dreamt of creating a loving, faith-based home where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities could live when their families could no longer care for them. Their dream became a reality 15 years ago thanks to global health and human service system, BCFS.

BVT’s scholarship program plays a vital role in providing residential care for “God’s Forever Children.” Thanks to the generosity of many, the Village is able to empower each resident and day program participant as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.

Showcasing part of the music enrichment activities residents enjoy, the Men’s Breakfast concluded with a beautiful performance of “You Raise Me Up” by BVT resident, Brien W. He was joined by Brynne, also a BVT resident, who gracefully signed the song.

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Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is part of BCFS’ global system of health and human service non-profit organizations. BVT is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located on a tranquil 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, Texas, our community offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of the persons entrusted to our care. We are dedicated to serving a group of amazing people—God’s Forever Children—in a warm, safe, family-like setting that seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.