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Annual Meeting 2013 Press Release

HAWTHORNE, NY - June 13, 2013 - The Arc of Westchester Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 11 at Arc of Westchester’s Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center at 265 Saw Mill River Road in Hawthorne. The event began at 6:00 pm with a reception followed by a business meeting, musical performances and award presentations. It was a special evening for the entire community. Over 100 individuals including chapter members, invited guests, self-advocates, staff and board members attended.

The theme for the evening’s program was "Celebrating the Arc of a Life." Peter V. Berns, CEO The Arc of the U.S., spoke about the strength derived from the Arc of the U.S.’s partnership with all of its chapters across the U.S., including the Arc of Westchester. The agency, also a chapter of NYSARC (New York State ARC), Inc., unveiled a new logo that is now part of The Arc’s brand.

The membership elected a new slate of officers and board members for 2013-2014. Bernard Krooks, Esq., of Chappaqua was appointed president-elect; Abby Reuben of Mount Kisco was re-elected Secretary; and Jonathan Ferguson of Princeton, NJ was elected Treasurer.

Under the direction of Music Therapist Lisa Sandagata of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Ben Evans performed on piano and Michael Silverman sang one of our favorite tunes, "I Write the Songs."

The agency also recognized a number of partners and community volunteers for their outstanding contributions to social inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. They were each presented with unique artwork created by individuals in our art programs.

The S & L Marx Foundation of Greenwich, CT received The Arc of Westchester Foundation Award; Jonathan Ferguson of Princeton, NJ received The Katzenberg Award; Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti of White Plains received the Public Partnership Award; The Frishman–Rosman Family of Irvington received The Charles R. Kingsley Family Award; Dr. Vincent Carbone of Valley Cottage, NY received the School Partnership Award; and Robert Miss of Dobbs Ferry received the Volunteer Partnership Award. Art awards were presented to three individuals for outstanding entries in gallery exhibitions during the past year.

Gallery265—The agency’s art gallery created an entryway of color with its latest exhibit, "A Flock of Flamingos." Talented individuals with developmental disabilities transformed Arc’s lobby into a colorful and magical tropical oasis. Under the direction of Roberta Nicholson, Day Habilitation Instructor at Arc of Westchester, individuals in the agency’s programs covered pink lawn flamingos with a variety of colors and costumes. "The vibrant art of the people who created this exhibition is an outstanding example of the unique talents I see every day." says Nicholson.

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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. Currently celebrating 62 years in the community, Arc of Westchester has long advocated social inclusion for individuals with disabilities because of benefits to the entire community.