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2017 Golfing for Kids

2017 Annual Golfing for Kids Raises over $180,000

HAWTHORNE, NY, June 6, 2017—The threat of rain didn’t stop over 120 golfers from hitting the course on June 6, 2017, for Arc of Westchester’s 17th 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 a day of golf, attendees enjoyed an awards banquet, silent and live auctions and a powerful event program. The video “New Beginnings” was shared with guests and highlights two Westchester County families who have profoundly benefitted from the services of The Children’s School for Early Development.

Gene Porcaro and Tony Rizzi have co-chaired the event since its inception 17 years ago.  Mary Calvi, CBS 2News anchor and 2016 Caring for Kids awardee, welcomed guests to the evening's program..

The evening was an opportunity to recognized two very special honorees. Kyra Cox, #1 Ranked Junior Golfer in New York State, was the recipient of the Youth Partner Award. She has been an advocate eager to give back to the organization that did so much for her sister who attended The Children’s School.

The Vogt Family of Scarsdale received the Family Partner Award. Their daughter Diana, a participant in Arc of Westchester’s Choices program and resident in one of Arc’s houses, has been very happy working, volunteering, learning, and growing steadily more independent. They have been long-time advocates and supporters of The Children’s School and The Arc of Westchester.

"The 17th 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 Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School to provide our youngest program participants and their families, with the best opportunities for successful futures.”

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To learn more about The Children’s School for Early Development and view the “New Beginnings” video, please visit




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           

Arc of Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.


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Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as Arc of Westchester, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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