St. Lawrence NYSARC Announces 33rd Annual Fund Raiser Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC (, a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to working for and with people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, conducted the 33rd Annual Fund Raiser on June 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Potsdam Elks Lodge, BPOE #2074 in Potsdam, New York.

The Agency sold 4,258 certificates for a gross profit of $36,050. Kristen Karem of Worcester, MA won the grand prize of $10,000 cash! Sponsors for the event include: Kinney Drugs Foundation, Team Blevins, Casella Waste, and Tracy’s Used Cars. The Fund Raiser was hosted by WWNYTV’s Jeff Cole, the anchor of “7 News This Morning” and “7 News at Noon.”

Proceeds from the Fund Raiser will support Dodge Pond, the area’s only fully accessible camp designed specifically for people with disabilities. Each year, more than 300 people enjoy vacationing in an environment specially equipped and staffed for their individual needs.

Daphne Pickert, CEO/Executive Director of St. Lawrence NYSARC, expressed appreciation for the community’s support of the Fund Raiser. “Our Fund Raising efforts are only successful because of support from local business partners with prize donations and from community members who purchase tickets,” Pickert said. “Thanks to all of you - we can offer a safe, outdoor experience suited for people with disabilities; even during these challenging economic times.”

St. Lawrence NYSARC 33rd Annual Fund Raiser Winner List:

1st Prize: $10,000 Cash Prize
Winner: Kristen Karem, Worcester, MA

2nd Prize: $2,050 Value - 1 Week Getaway to Lake Ozonia by Dave & Denice Button, Canton
Winner: Aaron Jarvis, Norfolk

3rd Prize: $1,320 Value - 3.63k London Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace by Carbino's Jewelers, Ogdensburg
Winner: Carl Groulx, Ogdensburg

4th Prize: $1,119 Laptop Computer by Advanced Business Systems, Watertown
Winner: Ruth Farnsworth, Westport, NY

5th Prize: $500 Hand Made Quilt by Gouverneur Roofing & Sheet Metal, Gouverneur
Winner: Kevin Hurley, Edwards

Additional support for the Fund Raiser was provided by: St. Lawrence Supply, Verizon Wireless, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, Seacomm Federal Credit Union, Stewart’s Shops, Time Warner Cable, Massena Savings and Loan, Coakely’s Ace Hardware, Hot Tamale, Walgreen’s, and North Country Public Radio.

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In the photo from left to right: Denice Button, second prize donor; Daphne Pickert, CEO/Executive Director; Dave Button, second prize donor.

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
315-386-3529 or 315-842-0912

June 28, 2013