Penguin Project seeks national expansion after 10 years of local success

By Marshanna Hester

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. -- An organization designed to help children and young adults with disabilities shine celebrates its 10th year.

Wednesday night, the Penguin Project team performed songs from "Annie," which was its first show in 2003.
Since then, founder Dr. Andrew Morgan has expanded the Project to Bloomington, Barrington and DeKalb.
Now, he wants to reach future Penguin's across the U.S. Dr. Morgan hopes an internet-based fundraising campaign called "Indie Go Go" will help.
"We've targeted $5,000 over the course of 60 days, that's our target," he said. "We hope we're going to do better than that because that's the cost of what it is for us to go and help one site."
"If every family that had someone with special needs could have Penguin, this world would be so much of a better place," said Danielle Barth, Penguin Project alumna. "It would just be life changing for them as it's been life changing for all of us.>
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