The Nassau County AHRC Foundation recently honored foundation board member Robert M. Pascucci, Glen Cove resident and president of Jobco Inc., and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at its 56th Annual Rose Ball. The evening was a success with more than $570,000 raised to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities.
Mr. Pascucci received the Leadership Award, which recognizes leaders in the business world who have opened the doors to the corporate community and have helped further the mission of the AHRC Foundation. In addition to serving on the foundation board, he serves as a trustee for the newly formed Community Trust Program. He spoke of his personal experience living with a family member with a disability. His sister lives in an AHRC community residence and is a participant in the Community Hubsite Program.
"Not that many families are affected by a family member with a developmental disability," he said during his acceptance speech. "But for those that are, that concern lasts a lifetime and the struggles are enormous...for many, AHRC is a lifeline."
Senator Clinton received the 2006 Humanitarian Award for all her efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
Nine hundred guests attended the annual event, emceed by Laura Savini, vice president of marketing and communications and host of WLIW Channel 21's Ticket. A special performance by AHRC's Children's Education Center students made the evening especially heartwarming. Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro presented a special citation to Mr. Pascucci and Adam Levine of Glen Cove sang the national anthem. Adam is a consumer in the AHRC Adult Day Program and the Community Living Program.