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Center News–2017
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Superbowl package winners

Yankees’ Manager Aaron Boone at 2018 #518Gives Telethon

Evan Engram from Giants Joins Yankee Manager Aaron Boone at #518Gives Telethon

Santa Brings Magic Back

The Season Sparkles at Festival

A Special Visit from Santa Claus

Call for Auditions!

Dancing Around the World

North Country Festival of Trees & Jingle Bell Jubilee

Dance on Display

Congratulations and Best Wishes

Center Employees Receive CP of NYS Awards

Dancing the Dream

A Tradition Continues

Record Breaking Buddy Walk

Well Deserved Recognition

Rainy Run

A Beauty of a Play

Bowling By the Numbers

Remembrance Fest

New CIO @ Center

Self Advocate Megan Bomgaars @ Buddy Walk

Summer Sounds

Bowl On

Plants & Produce Featured in Latest capABILITY Magazine

Concert for a Cause

Serves, Spikes and Sand

Stuff the Bus for Langan School @ Prospect Center

Sensational Siro's Cup

Laughter & Gratitude @ Langan Graduation

Jockey Javier Castellano to be Honored at Siro’s Cup

Good Neighbors Are Key

Productive Parade

Special Olympians Shine @ Prospect Center

Bernie Williams Puts On a Show

Superhero City Prom Takes Flight

Special Athletes, Winners All

Tour Parade Homes & Support the Center

RPI Demo Day ’17

Play On!

Music & More With Bernie Williams at Center's Aficionado Experience

Excelsior College Awards Center

Dance Daze

Spring Showcase Shines

Dr. Kansas Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Center

#518GIVES Telethon Rocks It


Center for Disability Services

BIG Presentation

On the morning of February 1, “Big Game” ticket packages were presented to winners who will be there in person to see the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, thanks to the #518Gives Telethon. Bob Hoffman of Albany and Jacqueline Richards of Schenectady received their tickets during a ceremony hosted by Alan Krafchin, President & CEO of the Center for Disability Services, with assistance from Jashai Dukes, a St. Margaret’s Center resident who is a student in the Center’s Langan school and Sadie Dutcher, a student in a MOVE—Mobility Opportunities via Education --classroom in the Center’s CloverPatch preschool program. A third “Big Game” package was delivered to Joseph Blaise Morrell of Latham, who was not able to attend.

Mary Burgess is an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP in Albany. She is a member of the Center’s Foundation Board, and with her husband, Pete, has been on the Siro’s Cup Committee for more than 20 years. Mary Burgess donated her Big Game package back to the Center with the stipulation it be given to an employee of long standing to honor him or her for commitment to the Center’s mission.

“I am happy to donate my “Big Game” tickets and package to Jacqueline Richards, a Center for Disability Services employee who has dedicated her career to helping others,” said Burgess. “The Center for Disability Services is such a special place, and gives so much to its students, patients, program participants, families and our community. As Jacqueline and everyone at the Center demonstrate every day, it’s all about giving back.”

Richards, Director of Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance, was selected from a pool of Gold Club employees, those who have worked for the Center for more than 20 years. She learned of the honor on the anniversary of her 22 years of service at the Center.

“My reward is working with the children at the Center every day. It reminds me why we’re here,” responded Richards when a reporter asked if she felt the “Big Game” package was a fitting reward for years of hard work.

Donors who made a secured pledge of $100 or more during the #518Gives Telethon broadcast on FOX23 entered the drawing for a “Big Game” package and two packages were available to bidders in a silent auction. Each deluxe package includes two game tickets, airfare from Southwest Airlines, hotel accommodations and invitations to exclusive pre and post game parties, concerts and receptions.

The #518GIVES Telethon raised a record $2,172,015. Giants running back Paul Perkins and Yankee pitcher Luis Severino were sports guests and the broadcast featured a special live performance from singer/songwriter Sawyer Fredericks. The Center, known as the place where people get better at life, has a mission to enable and empower people, primarily those with disabilities, to lead healthy and enriched lives.


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