Richmond Community Services drew a crowd of over 450 to its annual Funfest event held Sunday, June 3rd in Yonkers to celebrate the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. The celebration, which also serves as a fundraising event for the Richmond Community Services Foundation, successfully raised over $50,000 for the mission of providing quality lives to people with developmental disabilities.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, who helped open the Richmond Funfest ceremony, delivered a proclamation recognizing Hudson Valley Bank, the 2012 Funfest event honoree. Hudson Valley Bank was recognized for their dedication and service to Richmond Community Services for the last 39 years. Mayor Spano, who was joined by David Brenner, President of the Richmond Community Services Board of Directors, presented the proclamation and a service award to Linda Carrington, Vice President of Hudson Valley Bank on behalf of her organization.
Over 100 volunteers from various community organizations and businesses helped make the event even more special by providing hands on support throughout the day. “We were very fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers come out to help us with tasks like event set-up, staffing our various games and activities, while other volunteers served as “buddies” to one of the many individuals we support whose family members were not able to attend this year” said Stacy Rivera, Volunteer Program Specialist at Richmond Community Services. The Richmond “Buddy for a Day program” is a one-of-a-kind volunteer opportunity that enables members from the community a chance to gain hands on experience working with individuals with disabilities.
The fun-filled day is an opportunity for Richmond residents to spend quality time with their loved ones and build lasting relationships with Richmond staff, volunteers and community groups. Among the activities uniquely tailored to the individuals supported by Richmond were therapeutic horseback riding, adaptive relay races, lawn bowling and live entertainment. “Our planning committee successfully organized a great afternoon of food, fun, music and activities all geared toward the differing abilities of the people we support” said Edward Spauster, Ph.D., President/CEO of Richmond Community Services.