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(Flushing, N.Y) – On May 4th, AABR, Inc., a nonprofit that empowers nearly 1000 individuals with disabilities in New York City, ushered in its 57th year of service with a stylish and lively Dinner Dance and Casino Night at Terrace on the Park.


Cheryl Wills, the award winning reporter and anchor for NY1 News, emceed the gala. Honored at the event were Mr. Francis X.B. Harrington, Managing Director of Frank Crystal and Company, Mr. Cliff Tatum, Executive V.P. of Commercial Building Maintenance and The DaProcida Family, for their many years of advocating for people with special needs.

During the program, references were made to the fact that Mr. Harrington, the Humanitarian Award Recipient, used to work on the 96th floor of the World Trade Center. He survived September 11th because he didn’t go to work that day, as he says, “There hasn’t been a bad day since.”


Mr. Cliff Tatum, the Freedom Award Recipient, mentioned that he and AABR’s Executive Director, Thomas McAlvanah, used to play ball together more than twenty years prior, and got to meet again to support a great cause.


And The Spirit Award Recipients, the DaProcida family, had more than fifty years of service to people with special needs starting in 1957 when Jean DaProcida began championing services for her daughter, Mary, born with disabilities.


Audrey Sachs, Board President, in her remarks, said, “We are so grateful to our supporters and friends for their generosity especially in these difficult times.”


The event raised needed funds to help AABR meet a pressing budget gap. Attending the event were over 400 guests.