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UCP of Suffolk's E-Newsletter
October 2015

Meet The New Leaders 
L to R: Amanda and Jalissa

Meet Jalissa and Amanda, the 2016 President and Vice President of our Self Advocacy Group!

The Self Advocacy Group unites individuals with disabilities who are seeking to enhance their input into government policies, perceptions and the services that affect them. The group addresses housing, legislation, employment and transportation issues and is affiliated with the NYS Self-Advocacy Association.

"It feels perfect to be president," Jalissa said. "I am very happy."

"It feels really good," Amanda said.

The two said that they are dedicated to serving the individuals of UCP Suffolk.

"I want to make sure that everyone gets what they need and that they are able to address all of their needs," Jalissa said. "I want everyone to know what it takes to be an effective self-advocate."

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A Survivor's Story 

Nancy, a UCP Suffolk employee of 25 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago. She said that the love of her family and friends has gotten her through a very trying time.

"When I first found out I was very scared," she said. "I was nervous and anxious, but it feels good to be here one year later."

On October 18th, Nancy walked with The Ribbon Riders, a team she created with family and friends, at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach.

"It was my first time doing it," she smiled.

Nancy has always had a resilient and determined spirit. She has participated in The Special Olympics for 14 years and has won numerous medals in a variety of sports.

She had a message for women who are battling breast cancer.

"Stay close to family and friends and get as much support as you can," she said. "And don't be afraid to cry because it's scary."

Nancy said that she knows she will win her battle.

"I fought and I will continue fight," she said.
UCP Suffolk to Honor Dawn Hargraves, Esq. and M&T Bank at Life Without Limits Gala

Dawn Hargraves, Esq.
UCP Suffolk will host its Life Without Limits Gala on October 30, 2015 at Flowerfield in St. James, NY.

This year's event will honor Dawn Hargraves, Esq., a Partner at Quatela, Hargraves & Chimeri, PLLC, and M&T Bank.

Mrs. Hargraves was selected as this year's honoree because she has been a friend and supporter of UCP Suffolk for many years. She has been involved in the Luncheon and Fashion Show and the Dinner Dance. She has also become the leading collector of artwork from UCP Suffolk artists, purchasing a number of paintings at UCP Suffolk's events and exhibits. She is also involved in non-profit organizations Splashes of Hope, Every Child's Dream and Tikkun. 

M&T Bank has worked closely with UCP Suffolk for over 12 years in a professional and
charitable capacity. The Bank is actively involved in numerous UCP Suffolk special events including the Golf Classic, 5k Walk & Wheel, and the Life Without Limits Gala. In addition, employees volunteer to serve on various event committees and the UCP Suffolk Foundation Board.

"We are delighted to be honoring two impressive community leaders at the Life Without Limits

Gala," Stephen H. Friedman, President, CEO of UCP Suffolk said. "Dawn and M&T Bank are both deserving of this honor and are dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live a life without limits."

For more information on the Life Without Limits Gala or for tickets and sponsorship please

contact the Development Department at 631-232-0015 or visit

UCP Suffolk 5K Walk & Wheel Raises Over $85,000 to Support People with Disabilities

Team Betty Jo
On Sunday, October 11th more than 600 friends, participants and supporters came together for the sixth annual United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk Inc. (UCP Suffolk) 5K Walk & Wheel at Belmont Lake State Park to support adults and children with disabilities. 
The noncompetitive event raised over $85,000.The funds raised will support the programs and services of UCP of Suffolk which provides to almost 3,500 individuals with disabilities each year.

"We hold a walk and wheel instead of a race because we want to include all of our program
Maria is ready for 5K Walk & Wheel

participants, friends, family and employees in promoting life without limits for people with disabilities," Stephen H. Friedman, UCP Suffolk President, CEO said. "We are thrilled with how much this event has grown. We first started with about 100 people and now over 600 people support our event each year."

Bethpage Federal Credit Union returned as a Presenting Sponsor. Other generous sponsors included M&T Bank, Allergan, Estee Lauder Companies, New York Therapy Placement Services, Emblem Health and TD Bank. Special recognition goes to our top fundraising teams: Team Betty Jo, Home Heart Residential Services, Team Joey, Team Irene, UCP Health Nuts and The Giggle Monsters. Together these teams raised a combined total of over $48,000.

Children enjoyed an array of special activities sponsored by M&T Bank Mortgage Division.Everyone was treated to bagels, fruits and snacks courtesy of donations from Atkins, Bagel Chalet in Commack, Breaktime Deli & Catering, Big Geyser Inc., Entenmanns, Fireside Caterers in E. Northport, Peter's Fruit and Co. and Uncle Wally's. Guests also enjoyed the sounds of DJ Bobby of DJ Bobby Entertainment.
Team Joey 

View more photos from the 5K Walk & Wheel here.

Thank You to Bethpage Federal Credit Union for being the returning sponsor to our 6th Annual 5K Walk & Wheel 

Greenlawn FD Hosts Chili Cook Which
Raises Over $1,500 for UCP Suffolk 

Thank You to the Greenlawn Fire Department
The Greenlawn Fire Department got things cooking during its Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk Inc. (UCP Suffolk) on Saturday, October 10th. The event raised over $1,500 that will directly support the programs and services provided by UCP Suffolk to almost 3,500 adults and children with disabilities.

There were 14 entries from various fire departments across Suffolk County that competed for the
"Best Chili" award in three categories. Entries from area fire departments included Centerport, Huntington Manor, Kings Park, Halesite, Melville, East Northport and Greenlawn which vied for the title. In addition to the chili tastings, the day was filled with numerous children's activities and live demonstrations as part of Greenlawn Fire Department's Open House.

Learn more here.

L to R: Our wonderful judges Councilwoman Susan Berland, Hector Perdomo, Monuka Law and Jeff Maldavir

Kings Park Fire Department

Centerport Fire Department

Alan Gibbs

View more photos from the 2015 Chili Cook Off here.

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