On Thanksgiving, as we give thanks for all of our gifts, we should thank the charitable organizations that take care of those less able and fortunate.
On November 7, the Foundation for Educating Children with Autism, a charitable organization that supports a school for children with autism, a vocational program for adults with autism and a scholarship fund for special education teachers that want to continue their education, held a benefit, named Stayin’ Alive, to raise funds for their programs.
At the benefit, Melanie and Drew Schaffran of Katohah received a Lifetime Achievement Award for their leadership and commitment to excellent and accountable services for individuals with autism. Also receiving a lifetime achievement award was Neil Boyle, the vocational director for the Devereaux Foundation for his enthusiastic persistence in establishing vocational programs for those affected with autism and other developmental disorders. The Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center was awarded with the Employer of the Year Award for welcoming the students at the Devereux Millwood Learning Center into facility.
Pictures above: (left) Fumiko Bradley, Pat Morrissey (owner of P. Morrissey Contracting, Inc.), NYS Assemblyman and White Plains Mayor Elect Adam Bradley, and Maureen Morrissey; (center) Pete DiChiara, Ann DiChiara, CVS Caremark Vice President, and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Neil Boyle; (right) Devereux Millwood Learning Center students and vocational program participants.
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