St. Lawrence NYSARC Recieved Snowshoes from Health Initiative Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Lawrence NYSARC, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received a generous grant to further offerings at the Dodge Pond vacation destination in Fine, NY.  Twenty sets of snowshoes and poles were donated from the Health Initiative’s Creating Healthy Places St. Lawrence County Project, a grant funded by the New York State Department of Health.

The snowshoes and poles were put to good use at St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Dodge Pond during the Winter Fest vacation.  Participants used the snowshoes to walk trails on the more than 300 acres of land available on the site.  Guests also participated in a variety of outdoor activities, such as: skiing, sledding, broomball and more.  The biggest event of the weekend included a fishing tournament hosted by Don Meissner, professional angler and coordinator of FISHCAP.         

Dodge Pond offers several vacation opportunities for people with disabilities.  Staff is currently making plans for escape packages specially designed for individuals who enjoy fun and relaxation in a rustic setting.  To learn more, visit, find us on Facebook, or contact Joe Montgomery at 315-848-2336/

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In the photo from left to right: Michelle Quinell-Gayle, St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Assist. Exec. Director of Community Relations and Karen Bage, Creating Healthy Places SLC Director.

About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.

Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC

February 11, 2014