Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
When Peter Amendolara started school in September, his mom, Paula, received a phone call from his teacher. “What happened to him this summer?” his teacher asked. “Peter is calmer, more focused, less anxious and has a confidence about him that wasn’t there in June.”
Paula was thrilled. Peter is 6 years old and is autistic. During the summer, he attended Sid Jacobson JCC’s Camp Kehilla, a summer day camp for high-functioning special needs children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, speech and language delays and mood disorders.
“To receive a phone call like that from his teacher only a few weeks into the school year was really rewarding,” said Paula. “Camp Kehilla was a great experience for Peter and obviously, he benefited from the program. It’s so important that the JCC continues to serve the community with wonderful programs like this.”
The Auction for Excellence is the premier fundraising event on Long Island. It connects thousands of donors, sponsors, volunteers and participants, who enthusiastically collaborate to provide Sid Jacobson JCC with funding for vital social service programs utilized by thousands in our community.
This year’s fundraiser, a ’60s-themed silent and live goods and services auction, will be held at the Sid Jacobson JCC on Saturday evening, January 30, 2010. Live and Silent auction items include: vacation and getaway packages, sports and entertainment packages, children’s games and clothing, designer jewelry, handbags and limited edition art. Tickets are $90 per person and include cocktails, dinner, dessert, live and silent auction and a fabulous after-party.
In these times of economic uncertainty, the needs of the community grow exponentially. Some in the Roslyn community have lost their jobs, their health care and, in some case, even their homes. In these times we ask those who are able to dig a little deeper to help those in need.
The JCC’s newly expanded programs provide social opportunities for persons with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Delays, emotionally handicapping conditions and other special needs, all of which occur in a normative environment.
The JCC offers a supportive, challenging and creative environment to facilitate social and emotional reciprocity, enhance self-image, foster interpersonal relationships and develop individual interests through socialization experiences.
Kathy and Bruce Makowsky are the peace sponsors of this year’s Auction. To become a sponsor, make a reservation or learn more call Jeannie Cardali at 484-1545, ext. 141 or 136. Reservations can also be made on the auction website www.auctionforexcellence.com . Become a fan. Follow us on Facebook.com/SJJCCAuction2010.
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