In celebration of its achievements during the last 50 years, InspirationField will host a series of exciting events throughout the day Saturday, June 4.

InspirationField is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1966. In celebration of its achievements, InspirationField will host a series of exciting events throughout the day Saturday, June 4, in an effort to share with its members and the community the milestones and challenges of the last 50 years, while looking forward to future opportunity.

“The last 50 years have given us plenty of reasons to celebrate," said Johnnie DeLeon, Chief Executive Officer, InspirationField. "Our agency has progressed over the past 50 years in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. InspirationField has played a big role in the defining moments of people’s lives, and we are proud of these achievements. I’m excited to be a part of the past and am looking forward to an even brighter future.”

As InspirationField kicks off its 50th year, the organization invites the community to recognize all that they have achieved together over the last half-century and to look forward to new opportunities with several exciting events: flag raising ceremony by American Legion Post #9, "Star Spangled Banner" by La Junta High School Band, speakers, 25-year time capsule ceremony, free barbecue lunch, performance by the Otero Junior College Dancers, shooting of a professional video, face painting, and giveaways.

“There have been a lot of changes over the years, but one thing remains the same – the value of this agency is as solid as the individuals, staff, and board members who have built it,” stated, Caitlin Coffield, Community Relations director.

In 1964, children with developmental disabilities in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley did not attend public school. A group of parents wanted and needed a place for their children to be in school with others, where they could learn and become as independent as possible. This group of parents created the organization that is known today as InspirationField. InspirationField has been providing services since 1966 in an area covering 3,611 square miles. Today, it is one of Colorado’s 20 Community Centered Boards, designated as the sole provider of comprehensive services and support for approximately 180 adults and children with developmental disabilities in Crowley, Otero and Bent counties. InspirationField works with those individuals diagnosed with mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and numerous other developmental disabilities.

For more information about InspirationField, or the 50th Anniversary Celebration, contact Caitlin at (719) 468-9408.