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Art By: Mary Chiudina

A Matter of Taste Honorees 2014

 Lifetime Achievement Award - Larry McNaughton

Larry McNaughton began his relationship with the Arc of Westchester 10 years ago when he became a trustee for the Foundation’s supplemental needs trusts. When recently asked to describe his first visits to the Arc of Westchester, Larry said, “I found a caring community of people who were working together to build opportunities and most of all, I felt a great deal of love being shared.” With no prior connection to the Arc, Larry saw a need and knew he wanted to help.

The Arc of Westchester quickly benefited from Larry’s 30+ years of professional experience with strategic planning, market research and advertising and his commonsense approach to the creativity of communications.

Larry’s energy, creativity and contagious enthusiasm for the Arc of Westchester led him to an expanded role as a member of the Foundation Board, and for the last 6 years as President, he has successfully encouraged people of like-mission to join the Board. He played an integral part in the extraordinary success of the capital campaign to build The Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center; a building described as a place for launching dreams shaped by individual choice.

Larry often speaks about every life being precious and every person deserving a fair chance. As a key architect of the Arc of a Life Campaign, Larry was guided by that simple principle. To quote Larry, “If you see a need, you show up. And if you have any means at all, you give. Our campaign addresses exactly that as the Arc of Westchester prepares to meet coming challenges – it is a wonderful time to show up and give.”

Although he and his wife Angela recently moved to Colorado to be near their children, Larry will continue to be a strong ambassador for the Arc of Westchester. Larry says, “The Arc of Westchester occupies both a physical space, as well as a place in the heart.” We are honored to present Larry McNaughton with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Youth Partner - Origami Wish

Legend has it that origami cranes bring hope and make wishes come true. We, Origami Wish, are a group of students who create and sell origami cranes to bring this legend to life.

Our connection to Arc of Westchester began in 2011 when we fund-raised for the victims of the Great Tohoku Earthquake in Japan by selling origami cranes. We met many generous and kind people who helped us donate new books for the library located in the heart of the disaster area. As a way to give back to our supportive community, and because some of our classmates have disabilities, we decided to become involved with Arc of Westchester.

Since teaming up with this wonderful organization, we have sold products ranging from origami crane mobiles to gift cards at Arc of Westchester events, and most recently at the Harrison Sakura Festival. In addition to selling the cranes, we have introduced Arc of Westchester to the public by talking to people and handing out informational brochures. We hope that our efforts will enrich the lives of children, teenagers, and adults with developmental disabilities, bring hope, and make their wishes come true.

We are very honored to receive the Youth Partnership Award.