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A Matter of Taste 2016

A Matter of Taste Breaks All Records

Annual Food and Wine Benefit Raised Nearly $400,000 in Support of People with Disabilities


NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.  -  OCTOBER 24, 2016 - The Arc of Westchester Foundation hosted its annual food and wine fundraiser on October 18 at a new venue, The Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY.  The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year that benefits children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities supported by Arc of Westchester. Over 400 attendees dined on delicious food from local restaurants, enjoyed a wide array of prestigious wines and craft beers, and participated in live and silent auctions.

“We are thrilled to have such a large and supportive crowd year after year,” said Nancy Patota, Executive Director, Arc of Westchester Foundation. “The food was spectacular, the venue was elegant, the wines and beers were exceptional, and the variety and caliber of the auction items were outstanding. Everyone had a wonderful evening and best of all we were able to raise a nearly $400,000, breaking all previous records, in support of our comprehensive and innovative programs and services for people of all ages with autism and other developmental disabilities.”

Twenty-eight food and beverage participants served attendees their top culinary fare, such as shredded pork shanks over gouda infused polenta from Mima Vinoteca in Irvington; filet mignon bites from Augie’s Prime Cut in Cortlandt Manor; barbecued duck and mushroom tacos from NoMa Social in New Rochelle, and lasagna Bolognese from piccolo Gourmet in Port Chester. Other restaurants participating in the evening were Abigail Kirsch, An American Bistro, Caperberry Events, Chocolations, Chutney Masala, Culinary Tech Center, Doral Arrowwood Hotel and Conference Center, Feze Turkish Meze, Glen Island Harbour Club, Infusion, Lexington Square Café, LuLu’s Cake Boutique, North Street Tavern, Poppy’s Cheesecake, Rye Roadhouse, Texas de Brazil, The Great American BBQ, The Twisted Branch, Tramonto and Wuji.

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits returned as the event’s generous beverage sponsor. Guests also enjoyed craft beer from Yonkers Brewery and gourmet coffee from Path Coffee Roasters. 

The annual event has grown over the years and the new location offered not only a beautiful view of the Long Island Sound, but ample space for table seating and a silent auction. Some of the evening’s biggest buzz was surrounded by the Fund a Need which took place after Arc of Westchester’s latest film showcasing our early childhood programs.

Ruedi Laager of Larchmont, a foundation board member, co-emceed the Fund a Need paddle raise opening with a heartfelt story about the support his family has received from Arc of Westchester for his son with Down syndrome. He motivated guests to “join our family” and help us fill the gap where government funding has been drastically reduced. The crowd was touched and a sea of paddles rose above the ballroom. The bidding continued with items that included a boat cruise along Long Island Sound, a case of hand selected Bordeaux by Bill Deutsch and a New York City Experience with dinner, opera tickets and hotel stay.

The event honored White Plains resident Virginia Donovan, Parent, Benefactor and treasured member of the Arc of Westchester family with the Family Partner Award. Ms. Donovan’s involvement with Arc of Westchester began decades ago.  Searching for a proper placement for her daughter Karen, Virginia was turned away by numerous schools and service providers.  It was the Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School that said “yes” when all others said “no.” Inspired by a deep gratitude for the life-changing services Karen received, Virginia has donated generously and consistently, making Arc of Westchester a philanthropic priority.

Bill Deutsch, resident of Riverside, CT, and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits were honored with the Business Partner Award. Bill is the Founder and Chairman of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits (DFWS), now celebrating its 35th year.   Bill became involved with Arc of Westchester five years ago, inspired by its mission and the positive impact its lifelong programs and services have on the lives of thousands of individuals and families impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities.  Leveraging what they do best, Bill and DFWS have made extraordinarily generous contributions of wine, spirits, and financial support, elevating A Matter of Taste to an entirely new level of success. “What I find most moving about the Arc of Westchester-that this organization was founded by families, for families, for life,” said Bill.


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.

Our mission 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. Our 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.

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.



Regina Moore
Director of Marketing & Public Affairs
Arc of Westchester
265 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY 10532
914.495.4573 or 914.428.8330
[email protected]


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