● Efforts to establish a school for developmentally disabled children in Manatee and Sarasota Counties were instituted.
● The Manatee School Board approved the moving of a 20×36 building from Manatee Elementary School to its new location on General Tinker Avenue at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.
● The local unit of the National Association for Retarded Children was started and officers were elected.
● A teacher, Hilda Myers, was hired for the new school, with 8 students.
● The Sarasota-Manatee Training School was quickly re-named Sunshine Corner Day School.
● Ground breaking ceremonies are held for Children’s Haven, a recreation home for 20-25 developmentally disabled children, adjacent to Sunshine Corner.
● Bradenton Civitans announce Claxton fruitcake sales to benefit the developmentally disabled.
● Dr. Paul Beaven is appointed Executive Director of Children’s Haven, located at 1025 General Tinker Avenue.
● The Rotary Club of Sarasota leased a building across the street from Children’s Haven to house a new workshop.
● The Paul W. Beaven Sheltered Workshop and Training Center is dedicated with over 200 visitors in attendance.
● Civatans announce they have 20,000 lbs of Claxton fruit- cakes to sell to aid Children’s Haven.
● Children’s Haven announces the purchase of a 20-acre tract of land to house new facilities.
● Buckingham Club presents Children’s Haven with a bus purchased with their annual bazaar proceeds.
● Children’s Haven Buckaroos make their singing debut.
● Construction on Selby Day School is complete and dedicated with approximately 200 persons in attendance.
● Construction has started on Eagle House, a group home being built by members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2758.
● The Service Club of Bradenton presented Children’s Haven with a 14-passenger van and announce that proceeds from the Gala Night Preview would go toward projects at the Center, including a new workshop.
● The Laura B. Freitag Shelter of Occupational Training is dedicated and the South Sarasota Kiwanis dedicate the Phil Spear Agricultural building, which they constructed with monies from their 1971 Christmas tree sales.
● The ARC resale shop was opened on Siesta Drive, with all proceeds going to The Haven.
● Children’s Haven announces plans for a $350,000 cafetorium with a 500-person capacity.
● South Sarasota Kiwanis dedicate the third building they have built at Children’s Haven in the past 10 years.
● Sarasota Fraternal Order of Eagles complete a dormitory for 8 boys.
● Tropicana employees present Children’s Haven with an award of $5,000 they received for community responsibility.
● Manatee-Sarasota ARC presents new bus to Children’s Haven.
● There are now 48 adults living on campus, 117 in the Workshop and 20 children in the Day School. Three resale shops are being operated.
● Gary Heichel, Ph.D. appointed as the new Executive Director.
● The First Annual Family Fun Day is held on campus—no admission, no parking fees, and no fund raising.
● Children’s Haven and Adult Center celebrated 30 years in 1986 with an Open House.
● The Living Skills Center is opened for clients learning pre-independent living skills.
● The AKtion Club is founded at Children’s Haven.
● The residential program is now at 60 beds, over 1600 friends and families are on our mailing list, 150 in the Workshop, and 30 children in the Day School.
● The Sixth Annual Family Fun Day is held and Gary Heichel celebrates his last day as Executive Director.