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Ticket presentation to Super Bowl ticket winners

New Record Set for #518Gives Fundraiser

Yankees’ Manager Aaron Boone at #518Gives Telethon

Sawyer Fredericks to Perform @ #518Gives Fundraiser

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

Getting Ready for #518GIVES

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Center for Disability Services

Big Game Bound

Thanks to their generosity to the #518Gives Fundraiser to benefit the Center for Disability Services and a bit of luck, six people are in Minneapolis to enjoy Super Bowl LII. Donors who made a secured pledge of $100 or more during the #518Gives Fundraiser were entered into 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, hotel accommodations and invitations to exclusive pre and post game parties, concerts and receptions. The coveted prizes were presented during a ceremony at the Center on February 1.

Recipients include Jacob and Conner Mack of Ghent, nephews of drawing winner Phyllis Jump who gave the tickets to them, Michael Kennedy of Ballston Lake and Edward Price of West Baldwin, Maine, and Jason Jones of Ballston Lake and Aldo Vignolesi of Schenectady.

Langan School student and St. Margaret’s resident Rory Chamberlain, preschooler Miles Robinson from the MOVE— Mobility Opportunities Via Education classroom and Dan Manchester, adult representative of the #518Gives Fundraiser, met and congratulated the winners.

“It was almost like you won the lottery,” said Conner Mack, who was looking forward to attending his first ever NFL game with his brother.

“This is a bucket list trip for myself and Ed, who is going with me,” explained Michael Kennedy, “and it’s good to know the money we’re giving is going to such a great charity that does so much for the community.”

“We’re just thankful to be able to have the donation go to a great cause and that we’re able to partake in such an important event,” said a smiling Jason Jones.

The #518Gives benefit raised a new record amount of $2,282,317, all of which will stay local and provide vital programs and innovative services for individuals with disabilities at the Center and its divisions: St. Margaret’s Center, Prospect Center, Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center and Life Quality Solutions Incubator.

As he congratulated the winners, Center President & CEO Alan Krafchin summed it up this way, “Thanks to the community and all of you, we are already winners at the Center, the place where people get better at life.”



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