DD Hall of Fame and Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards

The Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame (DD Hall of Fame) Awards, founded in 1988, recognize outstanding efforts by individuals with developmental disabilities in areas including advocacy, art, community service, employment, personal accomplishment and more.  

The Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards, founded in 1989, recognize individuals and/or groups whose personal and professional efforts have contributed significantly to improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities, or who have achieved a level of excellence in their endeavors that goes above and beyond what is expected.

The awards were given in April of each year at a special banquet.  The event is sponsored by the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation. 

Nominating an Individual or Organization



The deadline to nominate an individual or organization for a 2021 award is Friday, September 23, 2021 at 4 p.m.  Nominations can be submitted via email or U.S. Mail to:

DD Hall of Fame/Erin Ritchey Awards
c/o MCBDDS Community Relations 
25 Thorpe Drive
Dayton, OH 45420

Criteria and Nomination Forms


For information about the awards or how to nominate someone, or to access nomination forms, please visit http://www.mcbdds.org/463/How-to-Nominate

2021 Awards

Please help us celebrate excellence in the local DD community as we host the 33rd annual Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame and 32nd annual Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards with support from the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation.

The 2021 event will once again be virtual, premiering on the Montgomery County Board of DD YouTube channel Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. We will provide a link to view the broadcast in coming weeks. 

Those unable to view the video during its premiere will be able to view it after the fact on Montgomery County Board of DD YouTube channel. Please mark your calendars and tune in

If you missed our 2020 Recognition Ceremony, never fear--you can still catch it on YouTube! Just visit our 2020 Recognition video on the MCBDDS YouTube channel.
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