SAVE THE DATE
38th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Friday May 3rd, 2019
6:00 pm Cocktails, 7:00 pm Dinner & Program
at Capital Tavern at Wiltwyck in Kingston, NY
For more information, contact Kathy Bonelli, Events & Development Coordinator at 845-768-5122.
Continue reading below for information on the 2018 honorees!
Thank You To Our 2018 Sponsors!
The 2018 Honorees
Humanitarians of the Year: Tim and Laurel Sweeney
Tim and Laurel helped The Arc of Ulster-Greene create a new event, The Wine and Dine wine pairing dinner, which just completed it’s fourth year. The Sweeney’s generously donate all of the wine for these events, as well as cases of wine and cases of local spirits that are auctioned off after the dinner. The Sweeney’s have been long-standing supporters of the agency, even prior to the inception of the Wine and Dine dinner. They support all our other events as well, attending them as well as donating wine and spirits for prizes at our other events. For their philanthropy and continued support of The Arc of Ulster-Greene, we are proud to name Tim and Laurel Sweeney as Humanitarians of the Year.
Employee of the Year: Olivia Buboltz
Olivia was chosen from 11 other “Employee of the Months”. She was nominated for her willingness to step up on every occasion to make her program run smoothly and happily. She is always willing to cover someone’s shift if the need arises. She cares about the individuals and cares about the program. You can always count on her to get the job done.
Personal Achievement Award: Berecia Jarvis
Berecia was nominated for the Personal Acheivement Award for her continued growth and betterment of herself. She started work at Just a Buck in New Paltz in 2014, and worked diligently on her employment goals. She worked hard to overcome personal barriers, and developed into the store’s finest cashier. At this time, Berecia lived in a residence supported by Anderson School. In October 2016, after years of striving to prepare, Berecia was ready to move out of this house and into her own apartment in Kingston, without residential services being provided. She secured a new job closer to her residence at Five Below in February 2017. Due to staffing reductions, Berecia lost her job at Five Below. In May 2017, she readily worked with her Supported Employment team, and in July of 2017, she was hired as a Cashier at Walmart in Kingston. This was a new challenge for Berecia, as the pace of the store is fast, the orders are large, and it requires her to interact with customers and handle a great deal of money. Berecia has successfully acclimated to her new job and is a valued cashier at the store.
Heart of Gold Award: Adams Fairacre Farms, Kingston
Adams Fairacre Farms in Kingston has been a long-standing supporter of The Arc of Ulster-Greene. Since 1991, Adams has supported the agency in many different capacities. Most recently, they support the Humanitarian Awards Dinner by purchasing an ad in our Ad Journal, monetary donations for our annual appeals, to being a sponsor at our annual Golf Tournament. Adams’ philanthropy spreads over all of our events, never asking for anything in return.
Jack Deyo Award for Advocacy: Autism Society Hudson Valley
Since 2005, Autism Society Hudson Valley has worked with The Arc of Ulster-Greene to share our mission of supporting people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Over the years, they have assisted the agency with support and advocacy for people with Autism. They helped create a club called the Guild of Awesomeness, which allows parents and their children with autism to meet on a monthly basis for families to brainstorm with each other. The parents meet and talk, while the kids get to hang out and play games with their peers.
Employer of the Year: HomeGoods
HomeGoods was awarded Employer of the Year by The Arc of Ulster-Greene for their wonderful work with our individuals. They are extremely accommodating and work well with these employees. They are always open to customizing positions to meet the needs of the individuals we support. The Manager is very hands-on with them and gives feedback regularly. She has an open dialogue with our job coaches and works with them to ensure the success of these employees. We are happy to have such a wonderful working relationship with HomeGoods.