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Annual Gofling for Kids Press Release

12th Annual Golfing for Kids

Benefits Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities served by The Children’s School for Early Development

HAWTHORNE, NY- Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - Tthe 12th Annual Golfing for Kids took place at the Brynwood Golf & Country Club in Armonk, NY. There was a little sprinkling of rain but the weather held out, making it a great day for golf. This year’s event had over 144 golfers, with 300 guests in attendance at the auction and banquet in the evening. The event was successful in netting over $160,000 for programs for pre-schoolers who attend Arc of Westchester’sChildren’s School for Early Development.

The Children’s School for Early Development provides educational, social and support services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, from birth to five years of age, and their families throughout Westchester County.

Mary Calvi, WCBS News Anchor and friend of the school, welcomed guests at the awards banquet. She thanked them for their support and congratulated the school on their extraordinary efforts on behalf of children in the community.

This year, the event honored The Laager Family of Larchmont, NY with the Family Partner Award. The family received services from the Children’s School to help their son, Danny, who has Down syndrome, develop to his full potential. This is a family whose mission is to help children learn. Alix Laager has served on the Board of the Campaign for the Westchester Children’s Museum since 1998. In 2007, Alix and her husband Ruedi launched a major project to assist Bhutan, a small country in the Himalayas, to develop a special education program.

There were over 60 silent auction items and 7 live auction items in addition to a Fund a Need. This year’s Fund a Need was dedicated to providing funds for Nurturing and Education for Young Families, a project that includes evaluations for infants and online educational resources. The Laager family generously challenged the live auction bidders to meet their commitment of $25,000. The bidders responded with total bids of nearly $30,000.

The raffle prize winner, James Higgins of Proforma Branding Excellence, won a ten-day Caribbean Cruise for two on the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. 

Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in the county serving people of all ages who have disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Arc of Westchester promotes full inclusion for individuals with disabilities because such inclusion benefits and inspires the wider community.

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