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November 2015
UCP Suffolk's The Employment Connection Celebrates Outstanding Employers

L to R: Samantha Scherger, Manager of Tropical Smoothie of Bay Shore,  Jan Diamond, Owner of Tropical Smoothie of Bay Shore, Robyn, and Job Coach Rosemary Valentino

Congratulations to Walgreens of Smithtown and Tropical Smoothie of Bay Shore which were honored as outstanding employers at Long Island Working Partnership's National Disability Employment Awareness Month Annual Celebration at Carlyle on the Green on October 23, 2015. Both businesses were nominated by UCP Suffolk's "The Employment Connection."

Robyn has worked at Tropical Smoothie for more than one year and said that it has been a great experience.

"I love working there because it is fun," Robyn said.

"Robyn is an important part of our crew," Owner Jan Diamond said. "Even though she has special needs, she is no different than anyone else. There is no doubt that she will be continuing her employment with us."

Sara, who also uses the services of The Employment Connection, works at Walgreens. She said that the celebration was inspiring.

"It's nice to know there are other people like me who work in all different kinds of jobs," she said.

The Employment Connection at UCP Suffolk assists both job seekers and employers by matching qualified workers with disabilities to the staffing and diversity needs of businesses. Supports for both new employees and employers can be on-going during the hiring transition and as needed for job task changes and promotions.

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Time to Trunk and Treat 

The  Children's Center at UCP Suffolk hosted its 2nd Annual Trunk and Treat event on October 30, 2015. Students, dressed up in adorable costumes, picked out an array of Halloween goodies in theme decorated car trunks.

"Staff and students had a fantastic time Trunk-or-Treating in the school parking lot," Principal Sherri Glazer said. "This is a safe and therapeutic way for students to ambulate in or out of supportive equipment while enjoying cars decorated in creative themes. Thank you to all who participated and made this a joyful occasion for our students."

The prettiest Bride of Frankenstein ever 

Iron Man 

G.I. Joey


Hey everyone it's Jeff from State Farm

Princess Elsa 

Life Without Limits Gala Raises Over $225,000
for UCP Suffolk

Over 240 friends and supporters of  UCP Suffolk gathered at Flowerfield in St. James, NY on October 30, 2015 for the organization's annual Life Without Limits Gala. This year's event honored Dawn Hargraves, Esq. of Quatela, Hargraves & Chimeri, PPLC and M&T Bank.

"We were pleased to honor Dawn Hargraves and M&T Bank for their longstanding involvement and support of our agency," Stephen H. Friedman, President, CEO of UCP Suffolk said. "We admire Dawn Hargraves and M&T Bank's commitment and dedication to encouraging our individuals to pursue their dreams and talents."

Over the years, Hargraves has been supportive of the Brushstrokes Program and has attended many UCP Suffolk events and exhibits. M&T Bank has worked closely with the agency for more than 12 years in a professional and charitable capacity. 

Learn more here

L to R: Dawn Hargraves, Esq. of Quatela Hargraves and Chimeri, PPLC and UCP Suffolk Board Member Colleen West-Levy, Enright Court Reporting 

L to R: Thomas Pfundstein, Bridgehampton National Bank, UCP Suffolk Board Chair and Brian Stone, M&T Bank 

Brian Marksohn, WE Transport/Towne Bus and wife, Deras

The Winter Family and guests

L to R:  UCP Suffolk Board Member Gerard Schmitt, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and wife, Janet, Mary and Ben Paulino, Official Offset Printing 

Stephen H. Friedman, President, CEO UCP Suffolk and wife, Norma
Take a look at more photos from the Life Without Limits Gala here.

Enjoy an Amazing Exhibit

Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 233 South Research Place in Central Islip, NY, will be hosting "Brushstrokes: An Art Exhibit," which features artwork from our amazing artists. 

The exhibit is open to the general public until December 10th during normal branch hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

Take a visit to the bank and view some of the beautiful artwork from our participants!
 Get Your UCP Suffolk Sweatshirt in Time for the Holidays

It's getting cold out there so show some UCP Suffolk pride and order one of our sweatshirts or fleece jackets! 
Order by November 24th and receive your item just in time for the holidays! For more information, call the Development Department at 631-232-0015. 

Distributed by the Office of Development and Public Relations 
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk, Inc.  
250 Marcus Blvd. Hauppauge, NY 11788
(T) 631-232-0011 ~  (F) 631-232-4422
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