SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, August 18th Easter Seals New York hosted its 3rd Annual 'Wins for Kids' at the Saratoga Race Track. Nearly 200 Easter Seals New York sponsors, supporters and horse racing enthusiasts attended this fun-filled day while raising more than $37,000 in funds to benefit Camp Colonie, a fully integrated and accessible summer camp that serves more than 68 children in the Capital District. The camp provides a unique environment for children with disabilities, including the "School Without Walls" program, which is the only State Department of Education certified school of its kind in New York.
Attendees enjoyed an exciting afternoon by the track, full of horse racing, cocktails, gourmet food stations, and an auction featuring fantastic items like the 'Kentucky Derby Package,' giving everyone the opportunity to bid. Wilson Elser presented 'The Wilson Elser Community Achievement Award' to HANYS Solutions, in honor of the wonderful generosity and support they have given to Camp Colonie and Easter Seals New York.
"We were very excited to be able to honor HANYS Solutions this year at Wins for Kids," says John McGrath, Executive Director of Easter Seals New York, "we are deeply grateful for their compassion for children with disabilities and special needs."
New York State Board Member and Chairman of the Albany Regional Board, Richard Lauricella, welcomed attendees and acknowledged all the sponsors and supporters who contributed to and who came out to the event. Vice Chairman of the Board, Daniel Cooke, was also on hand to talk about Camp Colonie and the outstanding programs that it provides. Easter Seals New York partnered with Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, Columbia Development Company, Enterprise Holdings, HANYS Solutions, Mazzone Hospitality, Real Estate Board of New York, Toshiba Business Solutions, and Wilson Elser, as well as media sponsors: Mannix Marketing and Times Union to create a fantastic day
"We were thrilled to host such an exciting and successful event that supported Easter Seals New York's mission of providing children with disabilities or special needs with an outstanding camp environment at Camp Colonie," says Richard Lauricella, Chairman of Easter Seals New York's Capital District Board. "The Wins for Kids Easter Seals Fundraiser has become a signature event of the summer and we are confident it will be even bigger next year."
About Easter Seals New York
Easter Seals is the nation's leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental, physical, and mental disabilities, and other special needs. Easter Seals New York provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more than 90 years, Easter Seals New York has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. For more information, please visit www.eastersealsny.org.
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