The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s 36th Annual Dinner Presented Six Awards To Leaders In The Community  


KINGSTON, N.Y., May 15, 2017 – On Friday, May 5, The Arc of Ulster-Greene hosted its 36th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, honoring local people and businesses that have made a difference in the life of someone with an intellectual or developmental disability. The evening, attended by 150 guests, is an opportunity for the community to celebrate the dedication of those who work tirelessly to help The Arc of Ulster-Greene provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities opportunities to experience full lives.


“This annual event gives us an opportunity to talk about our staff, what we do, and share it with everyone,” said Executive Director John McHugh. “The staff, partners and volunteers who go above and beyond to make our community a better place deserve our deepest appreciation. I am always happy to recognize those who give that extra effort and help us succeed in our mission of supporting individuals with disabilities.”


Awards were presented to each honoree, whose dedication was recognized and honored by everyone in attendance. This year’s winners included (see attached for description of each winner):


Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (Humanitarian of the Year)

Glasco Fire Department (Heart of Gold Award)

Merriam & Robert Boening (Jack Deyo Award for Advocacy)

HMS Host/Plattekill Travel Plaza (Employer of the Year)

Laurie Gallagher (The Arc of Ulster-Greene Employee of the Year)

Samantha Michaels (Personal Achievement Award)


A special feature at this year’s dinner was the table decorations –large, gold stars created by participants in the Pecora Center’s senior wing craft class.  Each star was inscribed with a sentence that demonstrates an accomplishment the individuals were able to achieve with the support of The Arc of Ulster-Greene staff.  Some of the statements included:

With my new adaptive equipment, I can now, for the first time, use a remote control for my television by myself.

I am learning how to box at Manny’s Gym.

I got a new, big television with the money I earned while working.

I started the Ulster Literacy Class to become a tutor.

I do chores by myself.


“This annual dinner is an opportunity to celebrate and honor those who make The Arc of Ulster-Greene an exceptional organization,” McHugh explained. “I look forward to this event every year.”



To view photos from the event, visit the 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner Photo Gallery


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