Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00
Stu Goldman, a resident of Old Westbury, hit a “hole-in-one” as co-chair of the highly successful eighth annual “Give Through Golf Outing” held at Old Westbury Golf and Country Club on Aug. 8.
The event raised $150,000 for children and adults with developmental disabilities and complex health issues who are served by Richmond Community Services. It featured a day on the links for 116 golfers followed by a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.
Goldman and his co-chair, John Cory, owner of Tenny Journal Specialists and a resident of Fort Lee, N.J., led a committee of volunteers, parents and staff members who worked diligently to organize the event.
Kicking off the evening, Edward Spauster, Ph.D, president and CEO, welcomed guests and thanked them for helping Richmond continue to provide the high level of support and services to individuals in its programs.
Estelle Miles of Mount Vernon, whose son, Adam lives in one of Richmond’s wheelchair accessible homes, shared how Adam’s life and hers have been enriched in so many ways by Richmond Community Services. One day, for example, she hurriedly sprinted out of work in order to get the shopping done in time to get back home before Adam’s caregiver had to leave. This was shortly after he moved to a Richmond residence.
“I suddenly realized that I no longer had to rush home in a panic. I actually paused and felt such a breath of relief knowing that he was safe and that I could slow down for the first time ever,” she said. She also mentioned how remarkable it is for Adam to be able to speak, using the voice technology provided by Richmond. From the audience Adam shouted out, “I love you, Mom.”
In the midst of an exciting auction of fabulous trips, sporting events and other prizes, professional auctioneer Stephen H. Schofield, with Kingston Auction Company, paused for Fund the Future, which raised funds for a living space with assisted technology and adaptive equipment to help people who cannot walk or speak gain greater independence. Pam Dingee of Yonkers, who with husband Eddie and son Jimmy was a guest at the dinner, spoke eloquently about how Richmond’s innovative use of assistive technology can change the life of a person with disabilities, transforming it from limitation to independence. Communication aides, for example, can literally give voice to the thoughts of individuals who cannot speak.
Mrs. Dingee recounted how her son Jimmy, who cannot talk to express himself, came home from school one day and as always, she asked him how school was. “He told me to leave him alone; he wanted to watch TV,” she explained. “While most parents would think nothing of it, I immediately burst into tears. Not because of what he said, but because it was the first time I had ever heard him talk.”
Richmond Community Services is a leader in meeting the lifelong needs of children and adults with significant intellectual and physical disabilities. It maximizes each person’s quality of life through innovative services, compassion and advocacy, while providing support and peace of mind to their loved ones. Services include residential programs, respite services, intensive therapeutic and training services, day programs and bilingual Medicaid service coordination in communities throughout Westchester County. Founded in 1973, Richmond Community Services is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Mount Kisco. For more information, visit http://www.richmondcommserv.org.