Parents of Special Children recently hosted its annual barbecue at Lura Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski.
Various community individuals and organizations donated facilities, talent, food and entertainment for children with special needs to create an enjoyable day. The school provided a location for the event to go on, despite the rain.
A highlight of the day was Juggling Josh. He rode a unicycle, told jokes, juggled and brought in helpers from the crowd. Other highlights included caricature artist J.P. Crangle, known for his drawings that are featured in Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse in Syracuse. Marie Smith, coordinator at Parents of Special Children, and an organizer of the event, said she was pleased so many turned out to enjoy the barbecue and be with other families. The community support for this event has been overwhelming, she added.
“What a great day. Thank you to our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, as well as Assemblyman Barclay for all you do,” she said. “Without their support, we would not be able to make this day possible. One of our main objectives as an organization is to empower families. When families strengthen connections with other families and just have fun at events like this, it helps the entire family unit. This was a good day.”
H. Douglas Barclay, former U.S. Ambassador and host of the backyard barbecue, said, “Both DeeDee and I are pleased to be able to host this event for the Parents of Special Children, Inc. After hosting the event for the first time in 2010, and seeing all those kids and families smiling and enjoying themselves, we made plans that day to start planning for the next one.
“It is my hope that through this event, the network of parents and children who face special challenges in caring for and raising children with special needs strengthens and grows,” he added.
Assemblyman Barclay said, “I’m glad to be a part of this event. I love to see the families come together and the kids play and be entertained. I hope it was a memorable day for those who took part. I know it was for me. I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Marshall Marshall, superintendent of Pulaski Central School District, and his staff for letting the event be held by providing a great location out of the rain.”
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and partner churches, Grace Lutheran and Resurrection Episcopal in Oswego, have been collecting items to send to Honduras.
Former Fultonians Dr. Luke Beno, his parents Katy and Jim Beno, and other family and friends are making their 10th annual medical mission trip mountain villages in Honduras.
Before moving to Georgia in the 1980s, the Benos were familiar to many around Fulton. Dr. Beno was a student at G. Ray Bodley High School while Jim Beno was a facilities manager at Birdseye. Katy Beno was a pharmacist at Hargrave’s Drug Store.
Church members knitted tropical bandages, sewed bags for hygiene kits and collected other items for the trip.
The Friends of History in Fulton will hold its last chicken barbecue of the year Sunday, Sept. 30 at the pavilion at Bullhead Point. The barbecue will be held from 11:30 a.m. until sold out.
Pre-sale tickets for the fund-raiser, which will guarantee a dinner, may be purchased at the Pratt House Museum, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The dinner will be prepared by Fricken Chicken, and includes a half a chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, a roll and brownie. Those seeking further information may call the Friends of History at 598-4616.
Each year at the Founders’ Day Gala, Le Moyne College presents its highest honor, the Simon Le Moyne Award, to those individuals who make “significant humanitarian contributions to society, serve as prominent leaders in the community, and demonstrate a deep responsibility and commitment to improving the quality of life of others”.
This year’s recipients are Dr. Armand J. Cincotta, son of the late Dr. Anthony J. and Theresa Cincotta, and his wife, Joan Cincotta, daughter of the late Frank J. Bevacqua and Ruth K. Aluzzi.
Armand and Joan are both graduates of Le Moyne and native Fultonians. The event will be held Nov. 16.
Armand has been a family practice physician in Liverpool for 42 years. He has also served as the medical director for Le Moyne College for 34 years.
Additionally, he has served on the Boards of Contact, the Upstate Chapter of the American Heart Association where he was Board President, the Executive Committee of the Onondaga County Medical Society and, Le Moyne’s Alumni Association.
He is currently the medical director of the Medical Advisory Board of the Oneida Indian Nation Athletic Commission and a Diplomate in Ringside Medicine.
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