The After School Program (ASP) once again celebrated the start of the holiday season with a sumptuous turkey dinner prepared by staff in the agency cafetorium. The 2010 Thanksgiving dinner was the biggest ever with more than 75 guests
The 20th Annual Culinary Cornucopia was a celebration like none other in the Capital Region. It was the result of two decades of growth, experimentation and hard work on the part of hundreds of people who wanted to truly make a difference in the lives of individuals and families challenged by developmental disabilities and brain injuries. The event brought together all of the components of a great party – mouth-watering menus, great wine pairings, gorgeous surroundings, interesting people and the excitement of tantalizing auction items – only this party took place on a much grander scale with over 500 guests. For those who attended the 2010 event, it was a night to remember.
A group of individuals from the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program organized an event to mark Capital District Brain Injury Awareness Day. What started out as a small picnic for ABI participants turned into a grand celebration at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland, New York; it was attended by nearly 300 people who came to share and to get the latest information about services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. The event was so successful that plans for another picnic are already being made by the individuals who organized the 2010 program.
The annual Living Resources family picnic took place on July 16 and hosted almost 600 people. This year, five jackets were distributed to individuals celebrating 25 years with Living Resources and eight blankets were given to individuals who have lived in the residential program for 30 years. About 30% of the individuals who come to us for residential services have lived in a Living Resources residence for 25 years or more.
In our never-ending endeavor to replace the loss of government funding for programs, Living Resources established another fundraising event – the Living Resources Golf Tournament. The event was held at the beautiful Orchard Creek Golf Club in Altamont, New York and garnered rave reviews from the participants for the wonderful lunch and dinner menus, plentiful beverages, the stylish golf shirts giveaway and the generous premium bags. The 2011 tournament, again sponsored by Justin Spraker and Ameriprise Financial Services, is rumored to be even better!
The College Experience Program, in partnership with The College of Saint Rose, celebrated its fourth class of graduates in May 2010 bringing the total number of graduates to 19. The purpose of the program is to prepare young adults to live independently with confidence, work in competitive employment or to continue to pursue higher education.
The 2010 Bishop Howard J. Hubbard Awards Luncheon was held at the Albany Marriott in April. The honorees were Community Volunteer Dorothy S. Stevens and Certified Master Chef Dale Miller. Mrs. Stevens and Chef Miller have a long history of involvement with Living Resources as donors and enthusiastic advocates for the work of the organization.