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The Annual Special Strokes for Special Folks Golf Outing Celebrates its 29th Year of Success!

On August 21, 2018, A Very Special Place held its 29th Annual Special Strokes for Special Folks Golf Outing.  It was a great day for all involved. The outing’s success was a result of the generosity and dedication of our many sponsors, golf committee members, golfers, dinner guests, volunteers, and in-kind donors.  A Special Thank You to our Presenting Sponsor, American Golf Corporation, our Dinner Sponsor, A&B Van Service and our Golf Sponsor, Stop & Stor, as well as those that donated toward this year’s event.

The outing was a full day of activities starting with breakfast and followed by the first round of golf in the early morning. All the morning golfers then enjoyed lunch, which was already being served for the afternoon golfers before they geared up for their 1st round of golf. Later in the evening, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served as everyone enjoyed the pin flag presentation and live auction of the Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship. When they headed into dinner, the golfers picked up their foursome photos taken earlier in the day, and browsed the raffles and silent auction baskets. Dinner guests were also able to purchase tickets for our 50/50 Birthday Board and also a chance to win a diamond necklace donated by Casale Jewelers. The evening also included the announcement of the winners for golfers’ raffles, event and 1 in 100 raffles, and golfer’s prizes. It was very exciting as everyone held their breath hoping to be the big winner.

Our thanks to the dedicated efforts of the golf committee: Kevin Hunt (Committee Chairman), Joanne Baranello, Tom Blancero, Al Bonadonna, Steven Callan, Gus Di Leo, Geoffrey Finkel, Michael Gutierrez, Alice Lanzi, Phil Maguire, Tom McCauley, Terry McCormick, Michael Porpora, Jean Ringhoff, Janine Romano, Mark Russo, Sam and Arlene Scollar, Marion Tasso, Richard Travers, Dan and MaryAnn Weibel and Dan Wheeler.

Thank you to all who supported this event.  It is through your efforts that we are able to continue to provide a wider range of programs and services to the 1,000 Staten Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities that A Very Special Place serves. 

For the past 4th of July holiday the individuals from our New Dorp cooking class enjoyed making pasta salad. It was delicious!



Individuals from the New Dorp Lane Day Habilitation program had an exciting day when they visited the “Biddle House” on Staten Island. Not only did they tour this historic mansion, they also participated in a drawing class!


Glenwood residence individuals had a great evening at Clove Lakes Park when they went to see “Beauty and the Beast”. It was a beautiful summer night to watch a movie in the park.


A big Thank You to One On One Physical Therapy for honoring Georgie at their High School Senior Basketball game at the Autism Awareness Fundraiser recently. Georgie, one of our ETA trainees, was one of three honorees and got to throw out the first pitch of game.  He also selected AVSP as the charity of his choice to receive the proceeds! Great job Georgie!

Genevieve Benoit and Diane Buglioli, our Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, were honored at the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon by the Staten Island Advance for their extraordinary service to the community. Congratulations to Gen and Diane and all the honorees!


Thank you to the Staten Island Heart Society who has generously donated 10 defibrillators to AVSP. They also conducted trainings for the individuals who work at the Harvest Café on how to use this life-saving equipment. They all had hands on training and were very focused on learning how to use the equipment.


  Harvest Café was on WPIX Pix 11 News - It's a "G" Thing Segment! 

If you missed it watch the episode here .




On May 17, 2016, Harvest Café was featured on ABC’s “The Chew”. The segment was a part of a series The Chew was doing this season focusing on how food changes lives.



Harvest Café was voted “Best Breakfast” in this year’s Best of Staten Island poll. Check us out on SILIVE.

The Harvest Cafe was featured on WABC7 Eyewitness News for Neighborhood Eats. Our thanks to Lauren Glassberg for coming and spending the time with us! To rewatch the piece again, please click here.


 Support AVSP When You List on Ebay!

Did you know, when you list an item on eBay, you can donate a percentage of your proceeds to A Very Special Place Inc.? By doing this, you’re helping AVSP as well as earning special eBay Giving Works features that can help you get more bids and higher sale prices. This can happen in 5 easy steps.

1 – List an item on eBay and choose to donate 10-100% of the final sale price to AVSP

2 – Buyer pays you when the listing closes and you ship the item to the buyer

3 – You get an eBay Giving Works Fee Credit within 24 hours of the listing closing

4 – MissionFish collects the donation from you and provides a tax receipt on behalf of AVSP

5 – MissionFish delivers funds to AVSP, minus a small processing fee, as well as your information so that we can thank you as well

Whether you’re an avid eBay seller or visit once in a while, it’s a great way to help A Very Special Place. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Development Department at 718-987-1234 x. 110 or eBay Giving Works/MissionFish.











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