ASHEVILLE – ​Madeline Delp graduated from UNC Asheville in May 2017 with a degree in foreign language and a concentration in management. She used those entrepreneurial skills to found the nonprofit Live Boundless, which funds educational projects for those with disabilities.

Along the way she won the title of Ms North Carolina Wheelchair and then was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA in July.

Delp grew up in Western North Carolina and wanted her first fundraising event to be in Asheville. Dubbed a “Chair-ity Banquet,” the event will be 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway. Admission is $50; tickets are available at eventbrite.com. (Search for “chair-ity banquet” in Asheville.)

“I love my home and there is no better place to start my journey than here,” Delp said. “What a fun place to host the event at Highland Brewing Company with the all the food donated by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.” 

Madeline Delp is Ms Wheelchair USA 2017. (Photo: Blaire Johnson/Courtesy of Madeline Delp)

Delp’s vision is to film a video series that educates wheelchair users on how to adapt to each area of life, hoping to inspire “people from all backgrounds [to believe] that no matter what their disability may be, they too have the strength to thrive, and do anything they dream,” according to a press statement. Film production has begun, the group said.

“Madeline’s energy to do the right thing by helping others inspires me to help her in any way I can,” said board of directors chair Cindy Clarke, of the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum.

One of Delp’s professors at UNC Asheville, Susan Clark Muntean, in the Department of Management and Accountancy, added, “Her story, vision and passion is infectious. She has a resonating, national story with amazing vision for her goals to help others.”

Delp often travels around the country to speak, motivating others on how to overcome their physical challenges and to live a healthy and vibrant life. She has worked on several film projects, including the televised special “To Walk Again.“ To learn more, find the event and the Ms Wheelchair USA 2017 pages on Facebook.

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