Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tina Stollak’s Team: Raising funds for YAI

Tina Sussman-Stollak has been working tirelessly for YAI’s Annual Central Park Challenge for years. Her son Michael was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, at age eleven. Some years later, as Tina proudly reports, she was fortunate to find YAI . . . and that has truly made all the difference. Today, Michael is an adult living at one of YAI’s supported apartments where he receives services from our extraordinary staff.

Always committed, always involved . . . each and every year Tina embarks on a massive letter writing campaign to her extensive network of family, friends and colleagues to raise funds for the critical services provided by YAI. The money Tina raises goes directly to support Michael’s home at the Newbridge Apartments.

YAI is Tina’s second family, but number one in helping Michael to manage the challenges he faces everyday and to realize his full potential.

We are grateful for Tina’s continued support. Tina, Michael and Glenn are true partners of the YAI Network - - they are ardent supporters of the important work that we do and an integral part of the YAI family.



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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Winners of the 2010 CPC Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Central Park Challenge Raffle:



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The Zipkin Team: Running Strong from Across the Country

Last year the Zipkin Team helped raise more than $6000 for YAI and Broadview Network's Central Park Challenge, with a significant portion of that going directly to YAI's Centereach Residence, where their loved one, Josh, lives. The Zipkin Team gained support both at home in New York and with more family and friends in Seattle, Washington. They really appreciate the support they have gained and look forward to their fourth year in this event.

YAI's good work was especially helpful this year. After celebrating his eighth year anniversary at Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein, Josh began having a hard time at work. After conversations with his house staff and his service coordinator, a telephone call to YAI's Central Office gave the family hope that theycould get him restarted on the right foot at AR & E.

"Within a week YAI had hooked us up to their job training and job coaching programs. On Tuesday, April 13, Josh began their Job Club with a personal job coach."

Josh's friends and family "feel strongly about the important role YAI plays and... are very impressed by the warmth and dedication of the staff we've met. This is a way to show our support." That is what YAI means to us, and what it means when they say "we will always be there for you."

The Zipkins were very excited that Josh's brother David, his wife Abby and their friends joined them across 3,000 miles by doing the first ever Seattle walk/run for YAI. They were joined by 21 friends and babies to raise money for the Zipkin Team!

 
"Each year since Josh moved into the YAI house in Centerreach, my family has walked the CPC with a team," said David. "And each year Abby and I call my mom or dad and speak to the Zipkin Team as they walk through Central Park.  I can always hear their excitement and it's always bittersweet that we can't be there.  This year, we decided the next best thing to being there was to have our own event.  Abby and I feel strongly about the important role YAI plays and we are very impressed by the warmth and dedication of the staff we've met.  This is a way to show our support."
This year, the Zipkin Team is working hard to raise money in order to combat many proposed state and federal budget cuts. They know that every penny raised will help YAI to continue providing excellent services to Josh and 20,000 other people with developmental and learning disabilities.

It's not too late to support the Zipkin Team's efforts! Support them with a donation today!


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Friday, June 4, 2010

FAQ's

We're very excited about tomorrow and can't wait to see everyone in the park bright and early! If you have any questions about tomorrow, please follow this link to our Event FAQ's page:

http://yai.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=CPC2010EventFAQs

See you soon!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Power of Positive Thinking

For YAI Hastings resident Jared Berzow, “No” is not a word in his vocabulary. Recently, while selling homemade chocolate lollipops and Central Park Challenge raffle tickets at an A&P in Hastings, NY, Jared reminded his peers and the community about the role that optimism plays in success. “Would you like to buy a raffle ticket to support the YAI Central Park Challenge?” Jared asked supermarket customers. While many eagerly purchased tickets, one customer said “No” and walked briskly past an enthusiastic Jared.

Rather than feeling upset by the negative response, Jared’s focus turned to identifying a positive, proactive approach to remedying the situation. He could have let the customer just walk away, but Jared instead chose to pose a very simple question: “Why not?” he asked calmly.

In this moment, the customer stopped and turned around. He paused for a moment, unsure of what to say. Finally he moved closer to Jared, aware that his reason was only haste. “You’re right,” he calmly spoke. “I have no reason.” And with that, five raffle tickets were purchased.

Next time you are rushing to accomplish tasks and make it through the day, think of Jared’s story. You will be reminded of a passionate spirit who made a difference in the world by simply asking “why not?”

You can make a difference, too.  There is still plenty of time to register for the Central Park Challenge on June 5, 2010. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to join you for the 5K Run, 3K Walk or in the Children’s Play Area.

If you would like to directly support Jared’s fundraising efforts, you can join his walk team or make a donation by clicking here!

Together, the YAI Network and you have the power to walk, run and change lives for people with disabilities. After all….why not?

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Geraldo Rivera Wants YOU to Be There!

Nearly 40 years after investigative reporter Geraldo Rivera exposed the horrid conditions at Willowbrook Institution, he advocated on behalf of people with developmental disabilities during his keynote speech at YAI Network’s 31st Annual International Conference in New York City. While at the conference, Geraldo took some time to invite the community to YAI and Broadview Networks 25th Annual Central Park Challenge on Saturday June 5.




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Facebook Foto Fun!

You are already registered to join the YAI community on Saturday June 5 at YAI and Broadview Networks Central Park Challenge. But what’s the next step?

Now is the time to spread the word to everyone you know, and YAI is making it simpler than ever! Go YAI-virtual and upload any one of the photos below as your new Facebook profile picture. Encourage friends, family and everyone in your network to do the same, and you’ll be taking a proactive step in getting the word out about the Central Park Challenge. Just right-click any of the pictures, save to your desktop and then upload to your Facebook account.




Once you’ve YAI-ed your Facebook profile picture, add the YAI Boundless Fundraising Facebook application  and you’ll really maximize your fundraising efforts! With just the click of a Facebook button, everyone in your network will be able to make a contribution to support YAI and you. Simply log in to your Participant Center and click the Facebook logo. Problems? E-mail us for help!

Walk, run - and go on Facebook! – and help the YAI Network change lives for people with disabilities.


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