March 10, 2017: Giant Steps is proud to announce that the 2017 Sugar Grove Corn Boil festival's 50th anniversary celebration will be dedicated to the Canopy Adult Services Program (CASP). The celebration begins Friday, July 28th at 5:00 p.m. with a parade, led by CASP participants and staff members, which will end in Volunteer Park where the Corn Boil festivities will be held. The festival will feature a multitude of entertainment options, including live music, fireworks, a wide selection of food and drinks, and carnival rides, as well as the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year ceremony. Each year the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee selects a local organization to dedicate the festival to and this summer Giant Steps' Canopy Adult Services Program is the recipient of the honor. "Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the Corn Boil. The festival is all about celebrating community and there's no better way to do that then by giving back to charities we believe are doing great work here in Sugar Grove. Giant Steps and Canopy [Adult Services Program] are doing amazing things and we want to lend our voice and support to the cause any way we can," said Corn Boil Committee President Jackie Link. Since its inception in 2012, Giant Steps' CASP has expanded to a second campus in Sugar Grove, through a partnership with philanthropist Jerry Rich. The CASP serves as a re-imagined community for adults living with an autism spectrum disorder which offers hope for a safe, fulfilled, purposeful and happy life. "Giant Steps is truly humbled by the showing of support from the Sugar Grove community for our Canopy Adult Services Program," said Giant Steps Executive Director, Dr. Sylvia Smith. "Having such a celebrated event be dedicated to our program is a tremendous honor and serves to strengthen our resolve to improve how we serve our communities." "It's such an honor that the committee has chosen to highlight the work being done at our Canopy Adult Services Program this year," said Giant Steps Senior Director of Development Garrett Slemmons. "The Sugar Grove community has been so welcoming to Giant Steps and this recognition just shows how much the residents believe in our mission." The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a non-profit organization that is run by local volunteers, business owners and community leaders. Every year the committee fundraises for the festival and at the end they donate back to a variety of community groups. Last year the committee donated back to a total of 18 local charities.