Devereux N.Y. holds first ‘Self-Advocate Gala’ for adults with disabilities
More than 122 adults in Devereux New York’s care and staff, plus nearly 20 volunteers, attended the behavioral healthcare provider’s recent “Self-Advocate Gala” in Hyde Park, N.Y.
During the Gala, attendees listened to festive music, enjoyed dinner and desserts, and danced the night away.
The gala was coordinated by the organization’s “Adult Self-Advocacy Group,” which helps adults diagnosed with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences feel empowered by their hard work and proud of their accomplishments.
gala made me reminisce about when I was in school. It brought up a
lot of good
memories. I hope we have a gala every year.”
— Harrison M.,
individual served by Devereux New York
was very fun. It was nice to see everybody dressed up.”
— Tara C., individual
served by Devereux New York
This summer, Devereux New York held its first “Self-Advocate
Gala” for adults served by the nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider.
twist: The gala was coordinated entirely by the
organization’s “Adult Self-Advocacy Group.” The group helps
adults – diagnosed with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences – feel
empowered by their hard work and proud of their accomplishments. Team members
meet on a monthly basis and focus on sharing information about living healthier
lifestyles and participating in state-wide advocacy events and learning
fun and festive evening
More than 122 adults in Devereux’s care and
staff, plus nearly 20 volunteers, participated in the gala, held at the Henry
A. Wallace Visitor and Educational Center at the FDR Presidential Library and
Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y. With the theme: “Around the World,” decorations
(created by the Self-Advocacy Group and staff) included flags from various
countries and origami cranes.
“Guests danced the night away in their gala
attire, enjoyed a fantastic buffet dinner and amazing desserts, and clapped and
smiled all evening,” said Jane Taylor,
of the Devereux Board of Trustees and Devereux New York Advisory Board co-chair.
“What a wonderful event for the individuals we serve!”
Devereux New York Community Outreach Coordinator
Kailee McIntyre added: “I am
overjoyed that the event was such a success and am beyond grateful we were able
to make this dream a reality for the individuals in our care. The best part is
that we’ve laid the groundwork for the gala to be an annual event, and people
are already talking about their excitement for the next gala!”
to our community partners!
A huge “thank you!” to our outstanding
community partners and friends who helped make this event a rousing success. We
couldn’t have done it without you!
- Carousel Thrift Shop
- Gillette Creamery
- Liberty of Rhinebeck
- Linda Helbling
- Market Street
- Megan and Tom Carder
- Miranda Parry
- Phyllis Palmer
- Rhinebeck Rentals
- Something Fishy Catering
- Stewart’s Shops
- The Henry A. Wallace Center
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