"We do this every year and it's always such an exciting thing to be a part of," Westchester Arc Marketing Manager Regina Moore said. "Everyone seems to have a great time."
The event, titled Golfing for Kids, was created to generate donations to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Last year the fundraiser brought in more than $110,000 with individual donations ranging from $75 to $300.
Golfing for Kids ran throughout the day and ended with an awards ceremony for about 300 to 400 people, according to Arc's Executive Director Anne Sweazy.
Each year, Moore said, the school recognizes both a family and business partner and honors them for their working relationship with Arc. This year, Pelham residents Ralph Mauro and his family were given the Family Partner award after 15 years of working with the school and its therapists.
Mauros daughter Jennifer was born with Down Syndrome and benefited greatly from the early help of therapists and special education teachers at the school, he said.
"It's been a wonderful association," he said. "The school's staff provided Jennifer with such significant guidance and she's doing well because of it."
The Business Partner Award was given to Broadview Networks , a network-based business communications provider, for its efforts in raising money and awareness for the Golfing for Kids benefit.
Broadview is truly honored. We have been steadfast supporters of Arc and this events signature mission to support the Childrens School for Early Development, Chief Operating Officer of Broadview Networks Brian Crotty said. We look forward to another stellar year of collaboration to maintain and hopefully broaden the schools educational and social services goals.
Westchester Arc provides innovative and award-winning programs within a community context that are aimed at fostering independence, productivity, and full participation for children with developmental disabilities.
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