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2018 Buddy Walk

A Fun-Filled Festival

Joslin Award Recipient: Deserea Taylor

A Trip Through the Record Store

North Country Festival of Trees & Festival Gala

Bucky Dent A Big Hit in the North Country

Congratulations to the Center’s Award Recipients

A Big Buddy Walk

Former Yankees Star Bucky Dent, Celebrating 40th Anniversary of His ‘Big Homer’ at Center’s Lake George Aficionado Evening

Making a Splash— Again!

Following the Yellow Brick Road

Bowl-A-Thon Bonanza

Silver Anniversary Siro’s Cup

Roll into Fall @ Bowl-A-Thon

Prospect Center the Winner in Annual Volleyball Tournament

Creatively Together

Concert for a Cause

With Stars In Their Eyes

25 Years of Siro's Cup

St. Margaret’s Nurse Receives LeadingAge NY Award

Concert for A Cause in Lake George

Million Dollar Beach Volleyball Tournament to Benefit Prospect Center

Langan School Pride on Display

Generosity from JetFest

Special Olympians All

Parade Proceeds Benefit Pool at Prospect Center

A Red Carpet Affair

That Swisher Smile

Parade of Homes to Benefit Center

Former Yankees All-Star Nick Swisher at An Aficionado Experience

Senior Orchestra Shines

Travel by Foot

Creative Dancers

Art on Display

Great Game Night

Delivering on Demo Day 2018

A Tradition Carries On

Congratulations to our 2018 Nurses of Excellence

Conquering Empire!

Painting Fun

Engineering Innovation to Improve Lives

Special 2018 Telethon section


Center for Disability Services

A Big Buddy Walk

A record 600 walkers participated in the 22nd Annual Capital Region Buddy Walk in Schenectady Central Park on October 20. The event is the major fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services. A downpour shortly before the kick off program began did nothing to dampen enthusiasm.

“This is the greatest of causes,” said Christina Arangio, of News10abc, who was emcee. “These services promote inclusion and the money raised is making a difference for individuals and families.”

New York State Senator Jim Tedisco pledged to support funding for direct care services which are so important to families, and presented a citation marking the occasion.

“The great turnout makes a statement and provides hope for families,” observed Congressman Paul Tonko.

Several adult self advocates told their stories in turn. Patrick Morgan and Amber Scarvo described meeting at day program and a first date of dinner and a movie. Mariah Velvis proudly recounted her college education, then talked about her own home and taking the bus to work. Dan Mastrianni, part of a group of friends dubbed ‘the Baker Boys,’ said he enjoys volunteering at a retirement home and Matt Calautti thanked the staff members at his residence and said he loves his housemates.

“The goal is to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome as well as those with other manner of disabilities,” said spokesperson Anne Schneider Costigan, who reported the event raised $50,000 for DSAHRC, which provides comprehensive services to individuals of all ages with Down syndrome including a welcome baby program, individualized educational consultation services for families and schools, a one-to-one reading tutorial program, social and recreational programs and self advocacy.

A pair of mounted patrol officers from the Albany Police Department led off the one mile walk on horseback. Family activities included a performance by the band FLAME, made up of musician who happen to have disabilities. There were low-to-the-ground sensory tables for the youngest participants, Silent Wings Birds of Prey, pumpkin decorating, music from FLY 92.3, dance and exercise, crafts and food trucks.

Thank you to Buddy Walk supporters including Rivers Casino & Resort, 1st National Bank of Scotia, Capital Care Family Practice River Road, Delmar Family Medicine, FLY 92.3, Shady Lane Apartments, Target, The Rosenblum Companies and TJX/Marshall’s.



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