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The Annual Special Strokes for Special Folks Golf Outing Celebrates its 28th Year of Success.

On August 22, 2017, A Very Special Place held the, 28th Annual Special Strokes for Special Folks Golf Outing.  It was a great day for all those involved!  The outing’s success was a result of the generosity and dedication of our many sponsors, golf committee members, players, dinner guests, volunteers, and in-kind donors.  Our thanks to our: Presenting Sponsor, American Golf Corporation, Dinner Sponsor, A&B Van Service and Golf Sponsor, Stop & Stor, as well as all the others that supported the event.

The outing included a full day of activities starting with breakfast and followed by the first round of golf in the early morning.  The golfers then enjoyed lunch on the outdoor patio as the afternoon participants geared up to tee off.  Once all of the foursomes were finished playing, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served as everyone enjoyed the Pin Flag presentations to sponsors.  The excitement then continued with the live auction of the, “Lexus Champions for Charity” National Championship. The cocktail hour was followed by a delicious dinner which included a silent auction, golfer’s raffle and door prizes.   It was very exciting as everyone held their breath hoping to be a big winner! 

Our thanks to the dedicated efforts of the golf committee: Kevin Hunt (Committee Chairman), Joanne Baranello, Tom Blancero, Al Bonadonna, Steven Callan, Gus Di Leo, Geoff Finkel, Michael Gutierrez, Allan Katz, Phil Maguire, Tom McCauley, Terry McCormick, Michael Porpora, Jean Ringhoff, Mark Russo, Sam and Arlene Scollar, Marion Tasso, Richard Travers, Dan and MaryAnn Weibel and Dan Wheeler.

Thank you also to all who supported this event!  It is because of your efforts that we are able to continue to provide a wider range of programs and services to the over 1,000 Staten Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities that, A Very Special Place serves.  

Kevin Hunt, Committee Chairman, presents a commemorative framed #6 Pin Flag to Barbara Nasca and Angelo Nasca Jr. of A&B Van Service.

Laura Delin, Associate Executive Director presents a commemorative framed #28 Pin Flag to Mike Gutierrez and Joe Bischoff of American Golf Corporation

Laura Delin, Associate Executive Director and Terry McCormick, Golf Committee Member, presents a commemorative framed #1 Pin Flag to Denise and Jeff Henick of Stop & Stor. 

Residents of Glenwood attended the “Disability Pride Parade” sponsored by the, NYC Mayor’s office for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was a great day for a parade!


Residents of Jefferson attended the 40th Annual “Boat Ride for God’s Special Children”. They enjoyed a great day out on the water!


Individuals from both, Glenwood and Amboy went on a boat ride which was sponsored by the Marine and Aviation Anchor Club. They all enjoyed spending a beautiful day outside!



 Harvest Café was on WPIX Pix 11 News - It's a "G" Thing Segment!
If you missed it watch the episode here .




On May 17, 2016, Harvest Café was featured on ABC’s “The Chew”. The segment was a part of a series The Chew was doing this season focusing on how food changes lives.



Harvest Café was voted “Best Breakfast” in this year’s Best of Staten Island poll. Check us out on SILIVE.

The Harvest Cafe was featured on WABC7 Eyewitness News for Neighborhood Eats. Our thanks to Lauren Glassberg for coming and spending the time with us! To rewatch the piece again, please click here.


 Support AVSP When You List on Ebay!

Did you know, when you list an item on eBay, you can donate a percentage of your proceeds to A Very Special Place Inc.? By doing this, you’re helping AVSP as well as earning special eBay Giving Works features that can help you get more bids and higher sale prices. This can happen in 5 easy steps.

1 – List an item on eBay and choose to donate 10-100% of the final sale price to AVSP

2 – Buyer pays you when the listing closes and you ship the item to the buyer

3 – You get an eBay Giving Works Fee Credit within 24 hours of the listing closing

4 – MissionFish collects the donation from you and provides a tax receipt on behalf of AVSP

5 – MissionFish delivers funds to AVSP, minus a small processing fee, as well as your information so that we can thank you as well

Whether you’re an avid eBay seller or visit once in a while, it’s a great way to help A Very Special Place. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Development Department at 718-987-1234 x. 110 or eBay Giving Works/MissionFish.











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