ILA Supporters Unite at Annual Fundraiser

On September 20, 2018, ILA friends, donors, vendors, staff, and families gathered at Harbor Links in Port Washington, New York for the Agency’s 12th Annual Golf & Games Tournament. Approximately 100 golfers hit the green, as others took to the Mahjong tables during the fun-filled outing. The event featured a live and silent auction, raffles, musical entertainment, and a lively cocktail hour. All proceeds raised will enhance ILA’s Day Habilitation Programs, which foster increased independence, skill building, and community inclusion for developmentally disabled Individuals.

During the evening reception, ILA honored a participant of its Brooklyn Day Hab Program, Sully E., who has been developing his employment skills at David Shannon Nursery & Florist for the past five years. “Over the last two decades, we have brought people out of sheltered workshops and into the workplace,” explained ILA Executive Director Arthur Palevsky. “Our golf outing enables us to further develop this vital program and help Individuals like Sully thrive in the community.”

ILA Director of Operations Ava Morgan described Sully’s journey, made possible by the support and dedication of his Direct Support Professional, Shernelle Phillips-Proverbs, who was also honored at the event. “During one of Shernelle’s daily walks with Sully, she approached the flower shop’s owner, Joseph Perrotta, and they had a wonderful conversation. Soon after, Sully was hired,” Morgan recalled. “We are very grateful to Joseph for providing this wonderful opportunity, and to Shernelle, for helping Sully gain his independence, integrate into the community, and establish relationships. He is valued by everyone he meets.” Guests then saw a moving video highlighting Sully’s excellent work at the flower shop. It can be viewed at www.ilaonline.org.

Mr. Palevsky acknowledged ILA’s golf committee for their months of hard work and planning to make the event a success: Tanya Ginyard, Ava Morgan, Richard Gruber, Ben Soto, Dvorah Martin, Steven Bonici and John DeGroot.

He also thanked Karen Palevsky for organizing another winning Mahjong tournament, and gave a special shout-out to longtime donor John Whitty, Jr., who helped develop ILA’s golf outing 12 years ago. “The event wouldn’t be what it is without you,” Mr. Palevsky said.

Fellow donors had nothing but kind words for ILA and enjoyed the outing tremendously. “The golf course is fantastic,” said John Vallely of Driscoll Foods. “ILA puts on a great event, and Driscoll Foods has been coming every year.”

Joseph Burns, Senior Vice President/Commercial Lending Division Head of Valley National Bank (a golf outing sponsor), remarked, “Doing good for others and seeing how other people benefit warms our heart. This was a beautiful day for a great cause.”

John Gallin & Son, Inc. was also among the event’s generous sponsors. Partner Tom Gallin has attended the golf outing five times. “It’s vital to support organizations like ILA because their services are necessary,” he said. “ILA gives families peace of mind knowing their loved ones are well taken care of in a kind, loving environment. That’s what makes the organization special.”

Thank you to our 2018 golf outing sponsors:

PLATINUM SPONSORS

The Bentson Insurance Group

Economic Planning Group, Inc.

GDO Contracting Corporation

P.E. Stone, Inc.

Trooper Foods Inc.

GOLD SPONSORS

Beacon Therapy Services, PLLC

Durst Organization L.P.

Hatzel & Buehler, Inc.

SILVER SPONSORS

Allan Briteway Electrical Contractor

Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc.

John Gallin & Son, Inc.

BRONZE SPONSORS

Ace Endico

Crossland Ventilation Inc.

Driscoll Foods

P.E. Stone, Inc.

Valley National Bank

EVENING RECEPTION CO-SPONSORS

Tower Drugs Pharmacy

Northern Charitable Foundation, Inc.

LUNCHEON SPONSOR

The Bentson Insurance Group

COCKTAIL CO-SPONSORS

The Bentson Insurance Group

Tower Drugs Pharmacy

GOLF CART SPONSOR

The Whitty Family

DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR

Tower Drugs Pharmacy

TROPHIES / AWARDS SPONSORS

Tower Drugs Pharmacy

Emerald Document Imaging

FLAG SPONSORS

Allan Briteway Electrical Contractor

Ampco Tech Electric Corp.

Beacon Therapy Services, PLLC

Briscoe Protective System

Butler Human Services

Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc.

Durst Organization L.P.

Economic Planning Group, Inc.

GDO Contracting Corporation

Hatzel & Buehler, Inc.

John Gallin & Son, Inc.

John Whitty, Jr.

P.E. Stone, Inc.

The Bentson Insurance Group

The Leahy Company, Inc.

Tower Drugs Pharmacy

Trooper Foods, Inc.

Vassallotti Associates Architects, LLP

TEE SPONSORS

Ace Endico

Allan Briteway Electrical Contractor

Beacon Therapy Services, PLLC

Briscoe Protective System

Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc.

Crossland Ventilation Inc.

Driscoll Foods

Durst Organization L.P.

Economic Planning Group, Inc.

GDO Contracting Corporation

Hatzel & Buehler, Inc.

John Gallin & Son, Inc.

John Whitty, Jr.

P.E. Stone, Inc.

The Bentson Insurance Group

Trooper Foods Inc.

Valley National Bank

PATRONS

The Balaban Family

BDO USA, LLP

Brooklyn Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Ernest and Theresa Califra

Joseph and Rose Marie Dileonardo

G-Net Construction Corp.

Caroline Grant and Nina Howes

HC & Son, LLC, DBA Henry’s Service Center

Dr. Alan P. Hore

Lubin Realty

Kevin and Diane McConnell

Giuseppe and Felicia Milazzo

Moritt, Hock & Hamroff, LLP

The Roth Family

RS & KP Service Station, Inc.

Anthony and Joan Ruopoli

Silver Appliance Center

Bonnie Singer Arfa

Vehicle Tracking Services

John and Virginia Whitty