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Golfing for Kids Tees-Off on June 5!

Posted on : 05/22/2018

The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to hit the links! On Tues., June 5, we will host our 18th annual Golfing for Kids event at The Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck to benefit The Arc Westchester's Children’s School for Early Development.

The Children’s School provides educational, social and support services for children from birth up to five years of age and their families. Furthering our mission to promote community inclusion, The Children’s School is the largest provider of community-based services for children with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities in Westchester County. Nearly 400 kids are supported and our early intervention services are now delivered entirely in community settings. More than 80 percent of the pre-school children graduate to attend community schools.

This year’s event will honor two truly deserving individuals, with a special tribute to Carol Muller, a beloved teacher who passed earlier this year.  

Jackie Logozio - Building Futures Award

After raising her five children, Jackie Logozio worked in the banking and travel industries before she answered an ad for a part-time substitute teacher at The Children’s School 15 years ago. The rest, as they say, is history.

She is now a full-time substitute teacher, working daily in one of the school’s 24 preschool sites.  Her dedication to the children and the staff have made her a legend amongst her co-workers.  As one of our teacher's said, “All the children in our class have come to love Jackie and ask where she is when working in another classroom. She understands how important it is to teach and play with the children.”  

Jackie’s hope for the children is that the community at large partners with families to help children with special needs reach their full potential. Jackie is an incredible teacher, co-worker, friend and matriarch of her own family, and we are honored to present her with this year’s Building Futures Award.


Richard P. Swierat - Lifetime Achievement Award

A renowned visionary leader in Westchester County, Richard (Ric) Swierat will retire as The Arc Westchester’s executive director in June. During his 35 years in the role, Ric has become a guiding light of the Arc Movement.

His tenure began during a time when people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) were coming out of institutions, where they had been treated as objects or worse.  He has spent his entire career correcting that injustice, focusing on promise and potential so that people with I/DD would be able to live and flourish in their communities.  An inspiring leader of a staff of more than 850, Ric has pulled, pushed and prodded government officials, boards of directors, the business community, staff members, and parents to achieve this vision of inclusion, individual choice, independence and productivity. Crystalizing the desires of the families who form the core of the Arc mission, Ric has kept The Arc Westchester in the vanguard with extraordinary successes, such as moving preschoolers from self-contained classes to inclusionary settings, and closing sheltered workshops in favor of community-based, paid employment, art expression and use of everyday technology.

Ric is defined by his optimism and an extraordinary energy level. A believer in continuous learning and the importance of shared knowledge, he is a member of the Board of Directors at the Business Council of Westchester, sits on a number of state and national boards related to the field of developmental disabilities, and is an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business. He recently received a Doctorate of Humane Letters and made keynote remarks at Mercy College's 2018 Commencement Ceremony for the School of Health and Natural Sciences.

The course fills up fast, so REGISTER TODAY!

If you can't attend, please consider a gift in support of the Children's School and the wonderful support that is given to children and their families.








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