PARC to Celebrate 60th Anniversary on May 30

Gala event honors local residents and business owners

Putnam ARC, the leading provider of services for people with developmental disabilities in Putnam County, will host a celebration of its 60th anniversary on May 30, at Chalet on the Hudson in Cold Spring. The gala event, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., will feature a number of honorees who have had a positive impact on PARC’s 60-year history and will be hosted by WHUD’s Kacey Morabito-Grean. The gala honorees include:

  • Founding Family Award — The Enright Family, including Ed and Sally Enright of Carmel, New York, and their sons Peter and Ward Enright.
  • Community Partner Award — The Hazzard Family, owners of Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, New York
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Marc Brandt, president of NYSARC, Inc., of which Putnam ARC is a chapter.
  • Board Service Award — Tom Paradise, longtime PARC board member and current board president
  • Distinguished Service Award — Joanne Pasquerello & Susan Mattern, longtime staff members of PARC’s clinic department

“Over the past 60 years, PARC has provided outstanding services and supports to people with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Susan Limongello, PARC’s executive director. “Starting in 1954 in a church basement, we have grown to providing excellent residential, vocational, clinical and day services to over 650 people daily. We are also one of the leading employers in the region and continue to grow. The Board of Directors and Executive Leadership are truly proud of our accomplishments and the changes we have made in people’s lives.”

Opening remarks will be offered by Laurie Kelley, acting commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and a number of local, county, and regional officials will be on hand to deliver proclamations and certificates of merit to the honorees.

The gala is presented by Hudson Regional LTC Pharmacy and sponsored by Relph Benefit Advisors.

PARC is one of 55 chapters of NYSARC, Inc. (formally New York State Association for Retarded Children, Inc.), and is at the forefront in providing advocacy and programming for children and adults with developmental disabilities within the geographic region of Putnam County along with Northern Westchester and Southern Dutchess counties.

The gala evening includes a cocktail hour, full dinner, silent auction, DJ and dancing, and more. Black tie is optional, cocktail attire suggested. Tickets to PARC’s anniversary gala are $125 per person, $1,200 for a table of 10 and $1,440 for a table of 12. Reserve seats by Friday, May 16, by calling 845-278-7272, ext. 2287.

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