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Annual Octoberfest

the biggest ever

by Deanna Mitchener Megan wrote about her life experiences and
her beliefs about being fully included in her
The Annual McMan Octoberfest, celebrating community while overcoming limitations.
15 years in the community, was another very Working with her teachers at school, she
successful event raising close to $15,000. composed a popular video called Don't Limit
This year they had two celebrity speakers for Me. Megan truly lives by her motto and she is
the night and were sold out with 240 tickets an inspiration to her wide circle of friends and
purchased, making it their biggest event in 15 family.
years. Leslie Langman, programs manager for
The two celebrity speakers were Davin McMan Youth Family and Community
Stitzenberger, comedian extraordinaire, and Services, said, “Megan gave an inspirational Davin Stitzenberger and Megan Bomgaars were
Megan Bomgaars, self-advocate public speech in regards to not limit her. She speaks the two guest speakers at McMan's Annual
Octoberfest that was held on October 1 at the
speaker. Compliments went to the Legion of an inclusive community for all persons. She Edson Legion. submitted: Smiling Moose Media
Ladies Auxiliary for a fantastic meal, and the has her own business called Megology, bought
Old Hippies who got everyone up and dancing. her own home in L.A., and stars on a hit A&E EDSON DRY CLEANERS
Davin Stitzenberger moved out of shared show which will begin season three this
living with BeeHive support services in November.”
Drayton Valley and purchased his own condo, Megan met and took pictures with the crowd
along with his brother Eric. He is a very active and danced the night away. Her attendance at FOR RENTOR RENT
member of the Toast Masters Club in Drayton the event was inspirational. Megan has a deep
Valley. He performed his stand up comedy at passion to create change and to motivate
the 2015 Winter Special Olympics in Grand people. Her future goals include university and Approx.
Prairie in front of hundreds of people. Davin marriage.
keeps himself busy with some DJ jobs, MC at "The silent auction was a huge success with 1,000 sq. ft.
weddings, and has starred in an online local and out of town businesses and several
promotional video of Drayton Valley. community members donating many fantastic
Megan Bomgaars is a well known self items. Another highlight of the night's event 110 50 Street
advocate with Down Syndrome, an artist, and was The Old Hippies. Tonight was the last
rising entrepreneur. Loving to share her life night the original members would play
experiences with others, she has developed her together and they picked the Octoberfest to be
skills as a public speaker and travels across the their last gig," said Langman. 780-517-2727
country giving keynote speeches and "We hope everyone that attended had a
presentations on a variety of topics. Recently, wonderful time and we hope to see everyone at (David)
next year's event," said Langman.

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