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Center News–2017
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518GIVES telethon

Dr. Kansas Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Center

Big Presentation

New York Giants' Paul Perkins to appear at Telethon


Center for Disability Services

#518Gives Telethon Rocks It

The #518Gives Telethon to benefit the Center for Disability Services was a smashing success and set a new fundraising record with a final tote of $2,172,015. All proceeds benefit the Center for Disability Services and its divisions, Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Life Quality Solutions Incubator, Prospect Center in Queensbury and St. Margaret’s Center in Albany. Yankee starting pitcher Luis Severino and Giant running back Paul Perkins were special guests in the sports area, presented by UHY LLC, at the Radisson Hotel Albany. Singer/songwriter Sawyer Fredericks performed several songs at 5 p.m., and a dance troupe and more than 16 singers, duos and choirs from all over the area were featured. Last year’s final tote was $2,055,017.

The live broadcast introduced Jashai Dukes, a 5 year old resident of St. Margaret’s Center who attends the Center’s Langan School and is known for his love of being “the boss,” and Hali Whyland, known for her smile and being sociable, who is a participant in the Day Habilitation program at the Center’s 700 South Pearl Street site and lives in a Niskayuna residence operated by the Center. Inspirational stories included Sadie Dutcher, a 3 year old from Central Bridge who attends the CloverPatch Preschool MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) class and uses adapted equipment and technology; Mike Lizzi, a 51 year old who has been part of the Center for 22 years and is currently employed at Commercial Services on Karner Road, which provides mailing, printing and document scanning/imaging for businesses; and Isis Nack, an 11 year old student in a RAAVE (Responsibly Addressing Autism Via Education) class at Langan School who is excited about learning new things. In addition, there were special segments from Prospect Center in Queensbury, hosted by Elisa Streeter.

“Our 2017 theme was hope, innovation and opportunities for achievement,” said Anne Schneider Costigan, Deputy Executive Director of the Center’s Foundation. “We launched a number of new initiatives this year on social media and with live streaming the broadcast. The community generously responded to the Center’s people and their stories of success. From everyone at the Center, the place where people get better at life, our heartfelt thanks.”

At one point, #518Gives was trending 12th nationally on Twitter. The #518Gives Telethon aired on FOX23 with hosts John Gray, Lydia Kulbida, Tim Lake, Elisa Streeter, Trishna Begam, Liana Bonavita, Christina Arangio, Ryan Peterson, Nick Johnston and Nicol Lally from the FOX23/News 10abc team and Bill Fox and Meredith McNeil from B95, Ally Reid and Mike Ryan from FLY92 and Billy The Kid and Scott Pank from JAMZ 96 from Albany Broadcasting.
Donations to the #518Gives Telethon continue to be gratefully accepted online at, by texting 518Gives to 41444 or by calling (518) 944-2121.



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