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She's a Survivor
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.
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
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:
Chili Cook Off
Gala Dinner Dance
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Employees Recognized For Years of Dedication
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Breslin, Supervisor of Adult Day Treatment, receives the Chief
Executive Officer's Life Without Limits Award For Excellence
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
You to People's Alliance Federal Credit Union for being the returning
sponsor of 24th Annual Employee Longevity and Recognition Awards
Suffolk County National Bank Hosts
UCP of Suffolk Art Exhibit
The artists with staff from UCP of Suffolk and Suffolk County National Bank
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
Janine poses beside her artwork with James
Joe and his painting
UCP of Suffolk to Honor Board Member at
Annual Golf Classic
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.
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 NYTimes.com, CNN.com,
BBC.com, 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
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.
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
your bets in! UCP of Suffolk will present its first annual Casino Night
on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at The Larkfield in East Northport,
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!
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).
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.
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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