FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, conducted the 36th Annual Fund Raiser on June 4, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Village Green in Canton, NY. The Agency sold 3,831 certificates for a gross profit of $32,785. 


Dayna Bellardini of Norwood, NY won the grand prize of $10,000 cash! Proceeds from this raffle support the purchase of technology to enhance education options for people with disabilities.


Canton’s Town Supervisor, David Button, presided over the drawing, which was especially fitting because he and Mrs. Button donated the second prize.


Daphne Pickert, CEO/Executive Director of St. Lawrence NYSARC, expressed appreciation for support of the Fund Raiser. “For 36 years, the community, our staff members and loyal contributors have come together to further our work on behalf of people with developmental disabilities," Pickert said. "We are grateful for this show of support and excited to use the funds for educational technology that will benefit over 750 local people."


As previously announced, an “Early Bird Drawing” was held in May. Melanie LaVack of Gouverneur, NY, won the prize: a circle pendant on a chain valued at over $1000 donated by Greg and Brenda Carbino.


For more information on St. Lawrence NYSARC, contact Michelle Quinell-Gayle at, 315-386-3529 or visit 


St. Lawrence NYSARC 36th Annual Fund Raiser Winner List:

1st Prize $10,000 Cash Prize

Winner: Dayna Bellardini, Norwood


2nd Prize $2,050 Value - 1 Week Getaway to Lake Ozonia donated by Denice and David Button, Canton

Winner: Anthony Soluri, Ogdensburg


3rd Prize $1,750 Value – Sapphire and Diamond Pendant and Necklace donated by Peets Jewelers, Massena

Winner: Mindy Woodruff, Canton


4th Prize $710 Value – Stay and Play Package at Best Western donated by Best Western University Inn, Canton

Winner: Angel Young, Madrid


5th Prize $599 Value – iPad Air donated by Advanced Business Systems, Watertown

Winner: Judy Haer, Potsdam


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In the photo from left to right: Hyacinth Saburro, St. Lawrence NYSARC staff member and salesperson of ticket for the $10,000 winning prize , Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC CEO/Executive Director, and Mindy Woodruff, winner of the 3rd place prize of a sapphire and diamond pendant from Peets Jewelers.


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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