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February 2015
She's a Survivor 
Maria, a UCP of Suffolk participant for more than 20 years, said one of the most important things that a person can do is to give back. Every week Maria volunteers at Stonybrook University Hospital in the Radiation and Oncology Center. Maria, a breast cancer survivor, had her radiation treatments at the hospital a few years ago.

"They threw me a party and gave me presents when my radiation was over," she said teary-eyed. "When I was here they listened to what I had to say, they helped me and made me feel comfortable." 

On a recent day, Maria sat in the Radiation Center and put together informational packages on breast cancer as she listened to her "favorite song" "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson.

"I like to help people and make people happy," she said.

Along with her volunteer work, Maria is also an active member of The UCP of Suffolk American Red Cross Volunteer Support Group. The group, which was formed in July 2010, is the nation's first group of individuals with a developmental disability who are trained Red Cross volunteers. The group consists of 13 trained volunteers who through peer to peer training and presentations share vital information on disaster preparedness and fire safety.

Maria said that she wants to encourage others to volunteer more.

"It is something that makes me feel good because it is the right thing to do," she said

Save the Dates:

2015 Events


 Casino Night

April 16th


Golf Classic

June 1st



August 3rd


Fashion Show 

September TBA


Walk &Wheel

October 3


Chili Cook Off

October TBA


Gala Dinner Dance

October 30th



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Employees Recognized For Years of Dedication 
UCP of Suffolk celebrated the outstanding dedication and commitment of 108 of its employees on January 30th. The achievements of the staff, whose tenure ranged from 5 to 45 years of service, were acknowledged at the 24th Annual Employee Longevity and Recognition Awards Breakfast held at the Hamlet Wind Watch in Hauppauge. The ceremony was made possible by the generous underwriting support of returning sponsor People's Alliance Federal Credit Union.

Stephen H. Friedman, UCP of Suffolk President and CEO said, "A combined total of 1,370 years of quality service from 108 employees tells quite a story. We are grateful to People's Alliance Federal Credit Union for enabling us to reward the extraordinary commitment and dedication of our valued employees at this celebration. It is through our employees' commitment to providing quality services that we are able to fulfill our mission and continue to provide exemplary programs for persons with disabilities."


Rachel Breslin, Supervisor of Adult Day Treatment, received the Chief Executive Officer's Life Without Limits Award for Excellence, the highest honor in the Employee Recognition Program that is presented to employees who most exemplify the agency's mission and values.


Pat Caso, Director of Adult Services, received a special recognition for her 45 years of service at UCP of Suffolk. "It's our individuals that make this agency great," she said.


During the ceremony, two board members also renewed their terms for an additional three years. Those members were Thomas Pfundstein, the new Chair of the Board of Directors and Colleen West-Levy, President of Enright Court Reporting


"I look forward to working with Tom, Colleen and all of our board members to further our mission and to create a life without limits for people with disabilities," Friedman said.

Carol Allen of People's Alliance Federal Credit Union (L) with Stephen H. Friedman,  UCP of Suffolk President and CEO
Rachel Breslin, Supervisor of Adult Day Treatment, receives the Chief Executive Officer's Life Without Limits Award For Excellence
L to R: Stephen H. Friedman,  Pat Caso, Director of Adult Services who served 45 years at UCP of Suffolk and Thomas Pfundstein, UCP of Suffolk Chair of the Board of Directors
Nancy Sitone is recognized for 30 years of service
Congratulations to Bobby Raju on his 10 years of service 
Everyone enjoys a great morning 

Thank You to People's Alliance Federal Credit Union for being the returning sponsor of 24th Annual Employee Longevity and Recognition Awards Breakfast

Suffolk County National Bank Hosts
UCP of Suffolk Art Exhibit
The artists with staff from UCP of Suffolk and Suffolk County National Bank 

Suffolk County National Bank, located at 110 Marcus Boulevard in Hauppauge, NY, hosted "Brushstrokes: An Art Exhibit," which featured artwork from 11 UCP of Suffolk artists. The exhibit was open to the public for three weeks and received terrific reviews from customers and staff.  

The bank held a beautiful reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Artists were able to speak about their works and had an amazing time with staff, family and friends. 
Janine poses beside her artwork with James 
Joe and his painting


UCP of Suffolk to Honor Board Member at 
Annual Golf Classic
Lawrence Levy
UCP of Suffolk will present its 26th Annual Golf Classic, sponsored by Arch Insurance Group on Monday, June 1st at Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head, NY.

UCP of Suffolk is pleased to honor Lawrence Levy, the Executive Dean at National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. He works especially close with the University's strong academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study, including a new Sustainability Studies degree. He has forged research alliances with other academic institutions, including Columbia, Cornell, Boston College, Virginia Tech, New York University and others, as well as not-for-profit groups, businesses and government agencies and has promoted the importance of studying suburbs nationwide.

He brings more than 35 years experience as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist, winning many of journalism's top awards. Prior to joining Hofstra, the Pulitzer Prize finalist was a Senior Editorial Writer and Chief Political Columnist for Newsday and a co-host on the PBS show "Face-Off."  He is a member of a Brookings Institution advisory panel, has served as a guest contributor on,,, Politico and Citiwire and he frequently appears on local and national television and radio.

Larry has been a member of the UCP of Suffolk Board of Directors since 2010 and serves as the Vice Chair of Advocacy and Government Relations committee. He has been actively involved in numerous UCP of Suffolk special events including the Golf Classic and Scramble, Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show and Gala Dinner Dance.

He is a graduate of Boston University's School of Communication, holding a BS in communications. Larry currently lives in Rockville Centre with his wife, Freda.


"We are delighted to be honoring a very impressive individual at this year's Golf Classic," said Stephen H. Friedman, President and CEO of UCP of Suffolk. "Larry is deserving of this honor and has been dedicated in helping individuals with disabilities live a life without limits."


Thank You to Arch Insurance Group for being the returning sponsor of the 26th Annual Golf Classic 
Put your bets in! UCP of Suffolk will present its first annual Casino Night on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at The Larkfield in East Northport, NY. 


Proceeds from the event will support UCP of Suffolk programs and services to help create a life without limits for individuals with disabilities.


For more information on tickets and sponsorship click here or contact the Development Department at 


It's That Time of Year Again

Nesaquake Middle School Students, winners of the 2014 Middle School Division Trivia Finals and Teacher Samira Brigati


The Trivia Challenge sponsored by Astoria Bank, is back!


The Trivia Challenge test has been designed for each level of education and will feature an array of topics including social studies, mathematics, current events, health and science, literature, geography, entertainment, and sports. Students can compete in teams of four or individually and will earn prizes based on individual fundraising efforts. The competition is divided into three divisions: Elementary (4th & 5th grade), Middle School (6th, 7th & 8th grade), and Senior High (9th, 10th, 11th &12th grade).

Students ask family and friends to sponsor them with a donation to UCP of Suffolk based upon the anticipated number of correct answers they hope to achieve, in advance of our academic challenge.


For more information on The Trivia Challenge and how you bring this fun event to your child's school, please contact Irene Morlock, Assistant Director of Development at 631-232-0011 ext. 452 or

Thank You Astoria Bank for being the sponsor of The Trivia Challenge
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