With 2018 our 70th anniversary year, there are a variety of special things going on! We held our celebration on Friday May 4th with a continental breakfast in the Breezeway at CP Nassau followed by a ceremony in the Auditorium that was enjoyed by all in attendance. In a 70 day countdown to this day, we have been running a series of videos on our Facebook page that have attracted a lot of attention as we provided a look back at our history as well featuring some of the people and programs we are excited about today!
As the May 4th celebration got underway, everyone was moved by the Pledge of Allegiance led by CLC students, Jayleen Lane and Takiyah McGuire and the stirring rendition of God Bless America sung by Creation and the Children’s Learning Center Chorus. We were thrilled to have Juliana Zizzo, high school student and granddaughter of our Council President, Mary Lou Zizzo accompany the song using sign language.
Bob McGuire, CP Nassau Executive Director, formally welcomed all guests and expressed thanks to all those who have helped CP Nassau become the strong and vital Agency is today. Dignitaries at the event included State Senator John Brooks, Assemblyman Ed Ra, Assemblyman Michael Montesano, Assemblywoman Missy Miller, along with Barbara Crosier and Debra Williams of CP New York State.
Bob introduced four presentations that captured the essence of what CP Nassau is all about: striving every day to make life better for the children and adults in our programs and in so doing, helping their families too. The presentations, available on our website at www.cpnassau.org included:
A Love Story—Cathy Alloy, a program participant since she was a baby. painstakingly typed out her life story and speaks of her love for her family and her CP Nassau family in this video.
A Mother’s Wish Comes True – A mom of a CLC student shares her experiences with her son at the Children’s Learning Center and credits help from the CLC staff for his progress and making a special dream of hers come true in this video..
A Father’s Dream Day—the McAlinden/Popolizio family, a beautiful video about a Dad who was helped by our TBI program and physical therapy department to be able to dance at his daughter’s wedding for a brief moment using custom mobility equipment.
MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) – Symong Choi, Director of the MOVE program at the Children’s Learning Center introduced all to a group of students and physical therapists who are working together and achieving great things in this program.
Bob Masterson President, Executive VP, Board of Directors and Mary Lou Zizzo, President, Council of Auxiliaries each addressed the audience with meaningful talks about what this Agency has meant to them.
Micki Saracino, Council of Auxiliaries then spoke briefly about her involvement with CP Nassau and introduced all to volunteers who have given 50 plus years of service to the Agency. The volunteers were asked to stand and were then presented with roses by Karen Geller Hittleman and Lois Boyle.
All the speakers and presentations during this ceremony were moving and inspiring. Among the most special moments was at the end of the morning when six individuals enrolled at the Agency in 1949 and remain as Program Participants today. These individuals were Tommy Stallone, Charlie Warren, Mark Conroy, Walter Weiss, Jeannie Billello and Maureen Carpenter. Jeannie prepared a speech on behalf of the group that was read by Christine Perez.
All hearts were incredibly touched when CLC Student Kymani Elliot spoke of his growth and progress and happy times here with teachers and fellow students he loves. Kymani spoke so eloquently and with such confidence, he truly held the audience spellbound.
Our adult singers in Creation along with the Children’s Learning Center Chorus rounded out the festivities with some beautiful singing!
The legislators and guests from CP state cut the 70th anniversary cake donated by Mario’s Bakery in Oceanside and guests enjoyed some added sweetness after a celebration filled with lots of wonderful, happy things and people!
Tours of CP Nassau were available to any guests who were interested and this included a look at the various doors throughout the Adult Day Services department that were creatively decorated in celebration of the 70th anniversary! All guests were invited to take home a souvenir hand-painted rock that was created by program participants, students and staff, along with olunteers and our friends in the community, including seven local schools. The rocks all featured motivational and inspirational sayings. All were encouraged to take a look at the 10 ft. starfish at the entrance of our building created entirely of rocks, made possible by Old Mill Nurseries!
News 12 covered the celebration and Newsday did a feature story about CP Nassau’s 70th anniversary the day before on May 3rd.