A Beery Great Time at NSSA’s First Ever Brew-B-Q!!!

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NSSA held it’s first ever Brew-B-Q at the Great South Bay Brewery on Saturday, August 12.

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Guests enjoyed unlimited barbecue, beer and wine.

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There were plenty of games and activities to keep everyone busy.

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Friends and families socialized…

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The Fearless performed throughout the afternoon keeping the atmosphere festive.

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The photo booth was a popular spot.

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But without a doubt the most popular spot was the dunking booth! Adults and kids alike tried their hand at dunking volunteers. Thanks, Stacey, for being such a good sport!

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a 125-quart Igloo cooler filled with craft beer from local Long Island breweries: Great South Bay Brewery, Sand City Brewing Co., Fire Island Beer Company, Oyster Bay Brewing Company, Port Jefferson Brewing Company and Montauk Brewing Company. Thanks to all who donated and helped to make the event a great one!

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And two Paul McCartney concert tickets

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We thank Great South Bay Brewery for their amazing space and all their support in the planning of the event, as well as our generous sponsors – thank you, everyone!

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We’re already thinking of ways to make Brew-B-Q bigger and better next year, so we hope to see you there!

Friends & Family Celebrate NSSA’s 25th Annual Dinner For Our Children

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Our April 1 Dinner Dance was no joke, as over 400 guests attended the annual fundraising event. Old and new friends helped celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, NY.

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There was dancing….

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Games of chance with wonderful prizes.

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We celebrated two graduations from The Martin C. Barell School program into NSSA’s Adult Services program.

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Executive Director Nicole Weidenbaum and Event Chairperson Paul Raguso inspired generosity in the crowd and we were able to raise more money than ever before. Thank you to everyone!

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Overall, people just had a wonderful time celebrating NSSA and helping to support our programs and services.

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Thank you to all the amazing, hardworking people who brought this event to life, as well as our generous sponsors:

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If you would like to receive an invitation to next year’s Dinner For Our Children, or any of our events, email dinnerdance@nssa.net.

Sip Sip Hooray! NSSA’s 18th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction a Huge Success!

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November 5, 2016 was the night of NSSA’s 18th Annual Wine Tasting at the elegant Garden City Country Club.

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We had a wonderful turnout of friends old and new. Families, staff, volunteers, local residents – everyone added to the party atmosphere.

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Guests were greeted by our friendly and helpful staff. A new system made check-in and bidding much easier for guests.

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Games of chance were manned by enthusiastic volunteers.

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There were plenty of wonderful prizes to be won.

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We thank Fidele Miranda & Empire Merchants for the wonderful selection and delicious wines.

We are so deeply grateful to everyone present at this year’s Wine Tasting & Auction. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have reached our goal and will be able to purchase two new vans. This will make a significant difference in the lives of our students and clients. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, donated, and worked so hard to make this year’s Wine Tasting a success….and a special Thank You to Champagne Event Sponsors Mary Beth and Pat Miranda for another fabulous event!

A Tee-Riffic Time at NSSA’s 18th Annual Golf Classic for Autism

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NSSA’s 18th Annual Golf Classic was held July 25, 2016 at Sands Point Golf Club. The day was hot but the event was extremely well-attended thanks to the efforts of Event Chair and parent Joe Longo (photo right) and NSSA Board member and parent, Joe Winters (photo left).

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The day started bright and early with breakfast and the first round of golfers.

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A putting contest was held.

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Amazing volunteers manned the money booth and games of chance.

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Golfers stayed in good spirits in spite of the heat and humidity.

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Prizes were perused.

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A wonderful dinner was served.

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People were happy to win prizes!

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Afternoon round winners…First Place

Neil Bergin, Hank Mayerhofer and Brandon Gamblin

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and Second Place

Chris Fitzharris, Bill Brennan, Joe Winters, Pat Winters

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Thanks to Sands Point Golf Club for another wonderful event.

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Thank you to everyone involved in supporting this event and helping to raise money for NSSA.

NSSA Teams up for Bike to the Beach

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It was a perfect day for cycling: cool temps, no humidity, and a strong wind blowing in just the right direction. Bike to the Beach NY 2016 was underway by 5am this past Friday morning, June 10. And for the first time NSSA had not one, but two teams participating in the 100-mile ride to raise awareness and funds for autism.

The wind helped push the riders along at a faster pace than ever before, and the first rider pulled into Rest Stop 6 at Corey Beach in Blue Point, NY a little before 10am. We don’t normally see anyone til close to 11:30!

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Soon many riders were coasting into the stop, having ridden 75 miles over the past 5+ hours…and ready for a little break in the shade, some water, energy bars, and iced tea.

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NSSA had a table at Rest Stop 6, decorated for National Iced Tea…until those helpful winds blew away all the decorations!

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Many riders struggled with flat tires, but Bike to the Beach had us well stocked with bicycle pumps, tubes and tools, and riders were soon on their way.

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There was even a tandem bicycle this year – a father and son team.

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Samantha Grassle was the first NSSA team rider to appear – Yay, Sam!

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The rest of Team NSSA followed closely behind. Shoulder rubs were gratefully received.

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NSSA’s Velocipedalers, led by Barell teacher Stacey Leo, were right on Team NSSA’s tail

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Team NSSA with their fans and supporters and a proud Mom.

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And both NSSA teams – we couldn’t be more proud of them – for doing this ride and for raising money for NSSA.

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You can still make donations to the teams by going here, typing NSSA into the search box, and selecting one of the teams to donate to.

We thank Bike to the Beach for letting us be part of this wonderful event once again.

Commack High School Tennis Team Aces Autism Awareness

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 was a perfect day for Commack High School’s 5th Annual Student/Teacher Doubles Tournament fundraiser “Tennis for Autism”  to raise awareness of autism and NSSA.

Proceeds from the fundraiser were generously donated to NSSA.

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Shane Helfner, President of the Suffolk County Tennis Coach’s Association, spearheads this event each year – we’re so fortunate to have such good friends and supporters in the community.

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Family and friends, staff and students came out to support the event and players. There was such a genuine feeling of camaraderie among the tennis team and faculty players.

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Raffle prizes were announced near the end of the event and there were many happy winners.

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Everyone who participated received a medal and the top four places in the tournament received trophies. But everyone involved in the event – from students and faculty, to Shane and parents – are winners as far as we’re concerned.

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Thank you Commack HS Boys Varsity Tennis Team, Commack High School faculty, and Shane Helfner for helping to raise awareness of autism and Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.

Smiles for Miles at NSSA’s Jack’s Run for Autism

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May 14, 2016 was a beautiful day for a run along the waterfront at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, NY. Over 200 runners and walkers participated in the 10th Annual Jack’s Run for Autism, a 5k fundraiser put on each spring by Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.

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Volunteers were on hand bright and early, balloon filling, arrow laying, table cleaning, muffin cutting, tee shirt dispensing – all the things that need to happen before a successful run. We couldn’t do it without their tireless help.

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Thanks to NSSA Board Members pitching in to help.

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Runners get final instructions before the start…

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And they’re off!!!

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Runners and walkers alike, all were there to support a common cause.

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Families ran together…

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Staff tackled the 3.10 mile course.

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There were newcomers…

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And even the family dog!

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Smiling volunteers kept runners on track.

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Congratulations to 13-year-old Sophia Muccini for being the overall race winner and Top Overall Female with a course-breaking record of 19:52.7.

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Congratulations also to Rob Devinney for coming in as Top Overall Male.

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Runners enjoyed a post-race breakfast and games generously provided by local companies:

Bagel Boss, Roslyn

Coco-Cola Refreshments

Holiday Farms of Roslyn

Horn of Plenty of New Hyde Park

Kuck’s Deli, Mineola

Nestle Nesquik

Nestle Water

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New friendships were formed…

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Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth was kind enough to visit the event and proclaim that Saturday, May 14, 2016 be declared a day of special recognition throughout the town of North Hempstead for Jack’s Run for Autism in recognition of its 10th anniversary.

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Prizes were awarded to happy, deserving winners.

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And Jack himself with his family who does so much for Jack’s Run and NSSA.

Thanks to our generous sponsors.

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Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to making Jack’s Run a success and who continues to support NSSA.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill

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This past Saturday, April 16, 2016, NSSA’s 24th Annual Dinner for Our Children was well-attended by people who give. People who give of themselves, people who give their time, energy and skills, people who give donations of money and prizes. We thank them all.

We thank Paul and Joann Raguso for once again chairing the event.

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We thank volunteers and staff for making the event run smoothly and seeing to it that people had an enjoyable evening.

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Thank you to guests who came and made the event into a really fun party!

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Thank you to donors and bidders and winners of our wonderful live auctions…

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Thank you to those who kept the casino hopping….

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…and the dance floor lively!

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We’re thankful for families and students we’ve come to know and love…and we congratulate them as they graduate from The Martin C. Barell school program into NSSA’s Adult Services program.

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And to everyone who played a part in making NSSA’s 24th Annual Dinner for Our Children a success, we thank you.