SOURCE: Easter Seals New York

Easter Seals New York

April 29, 2009 09:00 ET

Easter Seals New York Hits a Grand Slam at Yankee Stadium

Annual Awards Gala Recognizes Outstanding Leaders for Individuals With Disabilities; Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 6:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium, One East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - As the New York Yankees open their season at their new state-of-the-art stadium, they are also opening their doors and hearts to children and adults with disabilities by welcoming Easter Seals New York, which will host its annual awards gala in its Legends Suite Club. The event, "Field of Hopes and Dreams," will recognize prominent New York area people who have made a significant impact in improving the lives of individuals with special needs.

Easter Seals New York's annual awards gala will honor those who have demonstrated unprecedented leadership during this time of economic challenge. New York State Board Member Kanti Gala and the We Live to Give Foundation will receive the organization's highest honor, the Lilli and Allan Shedlin Award, for their commitment and generosity. The gift will support the organization's vital programs for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs throughout the State.

Assemblyman and Bronx Borough President-elect Ruben Diaz, Jr. will receive the Edgar F. Allen Political Service Award for his dedicated service to the Bronx and to the disabled community. Assemblywoman and Deputy Bronx Borough President designee Aurelia Greene will join Assemblyman Diaz as Easter Seals New York presents him with this award.

The evening will also recognize distinguished New Yorker Peter J. Powers for his humanitarianism. Mr. Powers, Chairman and CEO of Powers Global, LLC and former First Deputy Mayor of New York City, will receive the Outstanding Citizenship Award for his steadfast dedication to Easter Seals New York and to people in need. The continuing generosity of Mr. Powers has helped Easter Seals New York provide essential services in the most underserved communities.

"At a time when children, adults and their families in our community need more support than ever, we are proud to recognize these heroic individuals who have stepped up to make such a profound impact on their lives," said John L. Mascialino, Chairman of the Board for Easter Seals New York. "Easter Seals New York is honored to recognize these generous and caring award recipients whom we are proud to call part of the Easter Seals family."

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 85 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. In 2008, Easter Seals New York directly touched the lives of more than 8,600 individuals and their families. Services include, but are not limited to: early intervention, preschool, camping and recreation, special education, rehabilitation, residential, senior employment, family services and school-based disability awareness. Easter Seals facilities are spread throughout New York, from New York City, the Bronx, Irvington, Valhalla, Monticello, Port Jervis, Albany, Rochester, Webster, Brighton, Gates to Chili.

For more information about Easter Seals New York or our annual awards gala, "Field of Hopes and Dreams," please visit www.eastersealsny.org.

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