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IBEW LOCAL #3, HOST A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABLITIES

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IBEW LOCAL #3, HOST A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABLITIES

 

(Flushing, N.Y) – For the last 8 years, the Motorcycle, Greek and Allied clubs of the Local Union #3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have sponsored the Harvest Ball, a Black Tie and Gown event for 500 people with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

The guests are individuals served by AABR Inc. a Queens based non-profit serving nearly 1000 individuals with special needs across the Metropolitan area.

The unlikely pairing caught a few new AABR staff members off guard, “I showed up and saw a huge row of motorcycles and then I noticed all these big guys in leather vests,” said Allison Gelfand with a laugh. “I thought I was in the wrong place!”

 

AABR’s Executive Director, Tom McAlvanah, believes the juxtaposition is part of the appeal “You see the looks on the faces of our individuals as they arrive, and they are priceless,” he says. “Then you look at these big strong guys from the Motorcycle Club and their faces are even more excited.”

Sal Cioffi, President of the Motorcycle Club, echoes that same sentiment, “I think we look forward to seeing some of them just as much as they look forward to seeing us. For me, their smiles are the best part.”

 

While many volunteers are having fun on the dance floor with the folks from AABR, there are dozens of others volunteering behind the scenes. Members of the Greek Club spent 3 days preparing an exquisite three-course meal under the direction of Terry Cleary. “Terry and his crew of 12 guys prepared over 500 delicious dinners. These men not only gave us their culinary skills, but their hearts as well, a real tribute to Terry and his crew,” said Audrey Sachs, AABR’s Board President.

 

Including students from Queens College, there were nearly 100 volunteers. “We get more [volunteers] every year; they come once, and then they’re hooked. They just keep coming back,” says Cioffi.

 

“When I came to AABR 6 months ago to take over as Executive Director, our individuals were already asking about the Harvest Ball and now I know why,” said McAlvanah. “I’m sure tomorrow they’ll be asking me about the date of next one.”

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