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June 11th, 2014

Orange AHRC Celebrated its 60th Anniversary

Recipient of the Dream Catcher Award, Liz Avila-Brown.

NEW WINDSOR - Orange AHRC, held its 60th anniversary Dream Catchers Benefit on Thursday, May 15 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, NY. Orange AHRC is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1954 by a small group of parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities. This heart-warming and memorable event honored Elizabeth Avila-Brown, the coordinator of Orange AHRC’s Art Studio and Gallery for people with developmental disabilities to create their artwork, the Artists who participate in the Gallery, and 2 Alices Coffee Lounge of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY for providing space for an annual exhibit of artwork by the Orange AHRC artists. Orange AHRC Executive Director Christopher Fortune described the event as, "a wonderful success in celebrating the agency’s mission and 60 years of service to Orange County." Sponsors included Relph Benefit Advisors, Orange & Rockland, Focused Wealth Management, and William A. Smith & Son.

Headquartered in Newburgh, NY, the mission of Orange AHRC is to create an environment that supports and advocates for people of all ages with unique abilities and challenges. Everyday, Orange AHRC’s 750 employees serve more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in 29 program locations and in private family homes throughout Orange County. Orange AHRC provides innovative, individualized programs including: evaluation and early intervention services, daycare for infants and toddlers, preschool for children ages 3-5, school for children aged 5-21 with severe disabilities, adult day services (vocational training, job placement, life skills enhancement, community volunteerism, and recreational activities), adult residential services (19 homes throughout the County each staffed 24/7 providing a family setting and life skills development) and adult support services (clinical services, guardianship, service coordination, family respite, facility/equipment/risk management, and transportation).

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