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September 2015

Commack FD Supports UCP Suffolk 

Indian Head residents enjoy a lovely BBQ

A big Thank You to the Commack Fire Department for throwing a wonderful BBQ for our Indian Head residents on Saturday, August 22nd! The residents enjoyed an afternoon of food, games, prizes and live music.

"We plan to do this every year and we want them to know that we are thinking about them," Michael Breslin, Commack Fire Department's Life and Fire Safety Educator said.

Firefighter Keith Stark said that it is important that the residents are comfortable with members of the local fire department in case of emergencies. "God forbid if something happens, we want them to know familiar faces and to put their trust in us," he said.

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Join Us For The 6th Annual 5K Walk & Wheel 

And they're off!! More than 600 people attended UCP of Suffolk's 2014 5K Walk & Wheel 
Join UCP Suffolk for its 6th Annual 5K Walk & Wheel at Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Proceeds from the Walk & Wheel will support vital programs and services which help create Life Without Limits for people with disabilities.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union returns as presenting sponsor, with additional sponsorship support provided from M&T Bank, Estee Lauder Companies, TD Bank and New York Therapy Placement Services, Inc.

"We decided to do a walk and wheel rather than a race because we wanted to include all of our program participants, friends, family members and employees in demonstrating what we mean by life without limits for people with disabilities, and I can't think of a better way," said Stephen H. Friedman, UCP Suffolk President and CEO.

Ways that YOU can help to create a "Life Without Limits":

Get Involved:  Participate in something special by gathering friends, family, co-workers and forming a team that will make a difference. Whether your team walks, donates or volunteers, you'll be helping to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. Challenge members of the team to raise the most money! A little competition is always good and our 3,500 individuals with disabilities will be cheering you on! To start a team click here.

Sponsor: Your company or employer can benefit from positive community exposure and a tax write-off while helping to make a difference. If you sponsor with an in kind gift such as food, drinks or goody bags, you can make a significant impact by reducing expenses and allowing more of the money to directly benefit our mission! For sponsorship info click here.

Donate: Can't make the walk? Consider making an outright donation to support UCP Suffolk.
No donation is too small to help create a "Life Without Limits" for people with disabilities! To make a donation click here

Volunteer: Hand out food, cheer on participants, set up registration...We need You! Contact the Development Department at 631-232-0015 to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. 

Spread the Word: Share info with your friends, family, staff  and coworkers via social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter).        

For more information visit or contact the Development Department at 

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

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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

Eat or Cook Chili to Compete

Attendees enjoy a day of chili tastings and fun at the 2104 Chili Cook Off
The Greenlawn Fire Department will host its Chili Cook Off to benefit UCP Suffolk on Saturday, October 10th at the Greenlawn Fire Department Headquarters in Greenlawn, NY!

Come on down and try a variety of delicious chili or enter your own recipe. In addition to the chili tastings and contest, the day will include food, music, children's activities and live demonstrations.

All proceeds of the event will directly support the services and programs provided by UCP Suffolk to 3,500 children and adults with disabilities! Don't miss it!

For more information contact the Development Department at 631-232-0015 or visit 

Enjoy An Amazing Exhibit 

The beautiful works of our artists at Valley National Bank 
Valley National Bank, located at 740 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, NY, will be hosting "Brushstrokes: An Art Exhibit," which features artwork from our amazing artists.

The exhibit is open to the general public until September 24th during normal branch hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Please stop by and take a look at some of the beautiful paintings created by UCP of Suffolk participants!
UCP Suffolk's 3rd Annual Fashion Show A Success

UCP Suffolk welcomed more than 240 friends to its 3rd Annual Luncheon and Fashion show held at Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY on Thursday, September 10, 2015. The event raised $47,000.

The event, which was co-chaired by Board Members Colleen West-Levy and Kim Smith, Esq., featured 17 volunteer models from UCP Suffolk programs as well as its Luncheon and Fashion Show Committee and Board members. 

Co-emcees Leeana Karlson of the K 98.3 FM Morning Show and Jim Douglas of the Max FM 103.1 Morning Show kept the crowd excited and energized as male and female models strutted down the runway in the latest fall fashions of White House/Black Market, Vanilla Sky and Marshs of Huntington. 

The audience was touched when Patti Finkelberg shared how enrolling her daughter, Sydney, into UCP Suffolk's school/ residential program has benefited her daughter tremendously. Sydney, who was born with a disability, has been in the school/residential program for five years and is now a thriving student at The Children's Center and has many close friends at her residence

"The fashion show was an absolute success," Colleen West-Levy said. "The models were great and the outpouring of love and support from the friends of UCP Suffolk has been amazing."

"It's raining outside but there is sunshine in here," Kim Smith told the audience. "We are so privileged to have so many new friends and supporters join us today to help support UCP Suffolk. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts." 

L to R: Co-Chairs Kim Smith Esq. and Colleen West-Levy
Co-emcee Leeana Karlson of the K 98.3 FM Morning Show 
UCP Suffolk Participant and Volunteer Model Jalissa 
Anthony Bertrami, UCP of Suffolk Board Member and Volunteer Model
Volunteer Model Petros Konidaris
Volunteer Model Julia Jenne
L to R: Howard, Sydney and Patti Finkelberg
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