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UCP of Suffolk's E-Newsletter
March 2015

Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Jonathan Shows Off His Painting
The month of March marks Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the needs and rights of people with disabilities and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to our communities and society.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. March is recognized by groups across the country as an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments and challenges facing people with developmental disabilities and their families.

"People with developmental disabilities have made great strides in receiving access to employment, education, and housing, but so much more has to be done," Stephen Friedman, UCP of Suffolk President, CEO said. "It is important that communities become more involved and embrace and encourage people with disabilities."

UCP Suffolk encourages all to celebrate "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month" by sharing these important facts:

Save the Dates:

2015 Events


Casino Night


Golf Classic
June 1st


August 3rd


Fashion Show 
September 10


Walk &Wheel
October 3


Chili Cook Off

October TBA


Gala Dinner Dance
October 30th


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  • Developmental disability is a natural part of the human experience and affects approximately 4.6 million Americans
  • All people with developmental disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their communities
  • During times of economic decline, essential services and supports for people with developmental disabilities are often threatened
  • Policy makers can only make good public policy when they hear from the people directly affected by their decisions
For over 60 years, UCP of Suffolk has been committed to advancing the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities by creating "Life Without Limits."

UCP of Suffolk provides programs and services to almost 3,500 children and adults with a variety of disabilities annually. The Children's Center at UCP of Suffolk offers early intervention, preschool and school aged programs. The agency provides Adult Day services which include Day Treatment, Day Habilitation and Respite programs, and job training and placement services.In addition, UCP of Suffolk owns and operates 31 residences throughout Suffolk County, a twelve unit apartment complex, and a comprehensive, fully accessible Health Center.

Three Cheers For Great Hollow Middle School

Great Hollow Middle School won UCP of Suffolk's 2015 Middle School Trivia Finals sponsored by Astoria Bank at The Children's Center at UCP Suffolk. Students from Accompsett, Elwood, Great Hollow and Nesaquake Schools were asked questions in an array of categories including history, mathematics, current events, geography and sports.Tracy Burgess Levy, Director of Business Relations of Bancker Construction Corporation served as the event's moderator. She has moderated the UCP of Suffolk Trivia Finals for more than 15 years.

The students asked family and friends to sponsor them with donations to UCP of Suffolk based upon the anticipated number of correct answers they hoped to achieve prior to the competition.Sheila Tobin Cavooris, a teacher at Great Hollow Middle School, said she is very proud of her students. "I commend them for the charitable work that they did more than winning, which was the icing on the cake," she said. Over 15 Suffolk County schools raised almost $15,000 to date to support our programs through the Trivia Campaign.

For more information on the Trivia Challenge or to get your local schools involved, call the Development Department at 631-232-0015 or visit our website at 

Great Hollow Students with teachers Sheila Tobin (L) 
 and Elaine Froehlich (R)

Thank You to all of the students who participated
 in the Trivia Challenge

Chris Fragnito, Vice President of Astoria Bank with John DeCristoforo, UCP of Suffolk Director of Development and Public Relations 
Our amazing moderator Tracy
 Burgess Levy 

Thank You to Astoria Bank for sponsoring The Trivia Challenge 

An Artist's Touch 

Some of our amazing artists
Bridgehampton National Bank hosted a beautiful reception for "Brushstrokes: An Art Exhibit," which features artwork from 11 UCP of Suffolk program artists! We are thrilled to mention that all of the paintings in the exhibit were sold.

The artists had a wonderful time mingling and showing off their beautiful creations. 

LuAnn Commisso of Bridgehampton National Bank and artist Pam
Kevin O'Connor, President and CEO of Bridgehampton National Bank 
and artist Leroy
Dawn Hargraves of Hagney, Quatela, Hargraves & Mari, PLLC 
and artist Michelle 

UCP of Suffolk Receives $5,000 Grant From 
Christopher Reeve Foundation

Leroy and Pam
UCP of Suffolk received a $5,000 grant from The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The grant will support programmatic supplies for The Brushstrokes Art Program.

The grant will provide artists with opportunities for self-expression, visibility and artistic status by enhancing The Brushstrokes Program by providing our talented artists with paints, brushes, canvases, frames and easels.

"We are so appreciative of this grant from The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation," Stephen H. Friedman, President, CEO of UCP of Suffolk said. "Being able to purchase new art materials for our artists will not only enhance their artistic abilities but will also give them an opportunity to display their artwork at local galleries, banks and community events and live their life without limits."

Learn more here.
 Giving Our Home a Splash of Hope 

Mural painted by Splashes of Hope 
A very big thank you to Splashes of Hope for painting a beautiful mural in our Norman House this month. The mural, sponsored by Legislator William "Doc" Spencer of the 18th district, took four days to complete.

"Our attempt was to create a piece of art that reflects the wonderful work that UCP of Suffolk does and I really love all of the work that they do," Heather Buggee, Founder of Splashes of Hope said. "UCP of Suffolk does happy and peaceful work and we wanted to show that." 

In 2012, Splashes of Hope painted a mural in the auditorium of The Children's Center at UCP of Suffolk.

Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to transform spaces, enrich environments and aid in healing at medical and social service facilities.

The residents at the home are in awe of the tranquil painting centered in the living room of the house. "They just love it," Suzanne Weiss, manager of the Norman House said. "Splashes of Hope did a great job and we are all really enjoying it."
Place your bets! UCP of Suffolk presents its first 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 


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, Executive Dean, 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.

Learn more here.


Thank You to Arch Insurance Group for being the returning sponsor of the 26th Annual Golf Classic 
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United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk, Inc.  
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