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16th Annual Golfing for Kids

Annual Golfing for Kids Raises More than $180,000

HAWTHORNE, NY, June 8, 2016—The sun was shining as more than 130 golfers hit the course on June 7, 2016, for Arc of Westchester’s 16th Annual Golfing for Kids outing at Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY. The event, which raised more than $180,000, benefits children with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities served by Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development.

The Children’s School for Early Development provides educational, social and support services for children, from birth to five years of age, and their families. Although early intervention is one of the most important keys to developing a child’s full potential, state funding to support such services continues to fall short. The funds raised by Golfing for Kids will help the school to maintain its standard of excellence while continuing to offer services to families at no cost.

Following the golf tournament, attendees enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and the debut of a powerful video, “New Beginnings,” by STARR Films. The story highlights two Westchester County families who have profoundly benefitted from the services of The Children’s School for Early Development. When their children were first diagnosed, the parents were overcome and didn’t know where to turn until they found The Children’s School. The film tells their journey from shock and grief to hope and joy as they see their children thriving both developmentally and socially.

Gene Porcaro and Tony Rizzi have co-chaired the event since its inception 16 years ago. News anchor Mary Calvi and Arc of Westchester’s outgoing President, Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., were both honored with awards that evening. The entire event was broadcast on Westchester’s Talk Radio, powered by SHARC Media Division.

“The 16th anniversary of Golfing for Kids was another great success,” said Nancy Patota, Executive Director of Arc of Westchester Foundation. “This is one of our organization’s largest annual fundraisers, and we’re thrilled that the generosity of our guests helped us exceed our goal. It’s such an important event because the money raised goes to the school to help the infants and young children we serve.”

Honorees

Mary Calvi, Caring for Kids Award

Mary Calvi serves as an anchor for CBS2 News This Morning and CBS2 News At Noon. An award-winning journalist, Ms. Calvi has provided live breaking news reports on a wide range of stories across the Tri-State area.

Ms. Calvi has been a longtime supporter of The Children’s School for Early Development. For more than 10 years, she has welcomed golfers, family and friends at Golfing for Kids, bringing her warmth, professionalism and an air of excitement to the event.

In recognition of her extraordinary commitment to our students and families, Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School of Early Development is proud to have presented her with the 2016 Caring for Kids Award.

Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Advocate of the Year Award

Bernard A. Krooks Esq. has served as President of the Arc of Westchester’s Board of Directors since June 2014. He is a founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is recognized nationally as an expert in all aspects of elder law and special needs planning and has been fortunate to spend his entire legal career representing and protecting the rights of individuals with special needs. His law firm received the NYSARC, Inc. Employer of the Year award in 2007 for providing job opportunities for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As a champion and advocate for the rights of children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities, Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development is proud to have presented our longtime friend, Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., with the 2016 Advocate of the Year Award.

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To learn more about The Children’s School for Early Development and view the “New Beginnings” video, please visit www.arcwestchester.org, or contact Regina Moore, Arc of Westchester Marketing Manager, at (914) 495-4573.

 

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About Arc of Westchester

Arc of Westchester is the oldest and largest agency in the county serving children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Over 800 employees provide more than 2,000 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life.

The mission of Arc of Westchester is to empower children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, to achieve their potential by strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests.

Arc of Westchester’s vision is a world in which children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future           

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