Springbrook Celebrates its 10th Annual Gala


On April 18th, 2015, hundreds of Springbrook’s most generous supporters, employees, and participants and their families will be in attendance at the organization’s annual gala—Today, Tomorrow, Together—taking place at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. This year’s gala is unique in that it is Springbrook’s 10th annual gala, as well as the organization’s 90th year of service, and the start of its first-ever comprehensive campaign, Today, Tomorrow, Together: The Campaign for Springbrook.

For 90 years, Springbrook has been dedicated to providing the best in innovative supports and services for the people who need it most. Initially, Springbrook was opened as an orphanage in 1925 by Harriet Parish Smith and was known as the Upstate Baptist Home for Children. The home was established on a working 95-acre farm and also provided its young residents with an education. The Upstate Home continued as a school and home for orphans until 1966 when its mission changed and it became a home that would provide residential and educational services to children with developmental disabilities. From there, the organization grew to serve adults and now supports over 800 people of all ages with special needs. In 2005, the Upstate Baptist Home for Children changed its name to Springbrook in order to better reflect the wide range of services it provides. Throughout its 90 year history, regardless of its name or mission statement, Springbrook has consistently provided compassionate, family-centered programs that continue to meet the ever-changing needs of the people it serves. ­

Some of those ever-changing needs include an aging population, both in terms of the adults approaching their senior years, as well as students at The School at Springbrook who will soon be facing the challenges of transitioning from the controlled school environment to the less predictable adult living situation. As a result, Springbrook’s Today, Tomorrow, Together campaign will affect the organization as a whole, with a focus on ensuring that Springbrook remains the leader in programming for aging children and adults with the addition of improved transition services and more family support, as well as funding that will provide opportunities for greater independence through all stages of an individual’s life.

The 2015 Springbrook gala will be a celebration of not only Springbrook’s success but of the organization’s movement into its next phase. This 10th annual event will offer something for everyone, including fine dining, signature cocktails from the open bar, dancing to live musical entertainment—performed by the New York Players’ Body & Soul—billiards, casino games, the 2nd Annual Benefit Wine Pull, and the new VIP Karaoke After Party.

This year’s gala would not be possible without the generous support of the following sponsors: LeChase Construction Services, LLC, Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc., American Portfolios/APFS Rochester, Inc., Brewery Ommegang, The Daily Star, Bryans & Gramuglia CPAs, LLC, Chianis + Anderson Architects, PLLC, Community Bank, N.A., Air Temp Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Friends of Sam, RBS Citizens, N.A., Relph Benefit Advisors, Vibrant Creative, and Wells Fargo Advisors. It is thanks to these and other loyal businesses and dedicated community members that Springbrook is able to continue making a difference in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities, for a lifetime.

Anyone interested in attending Springbrook’s Today, Tomorrow, Together gala on April 18th may RSVP by going to www.SpringbrookNY.org or by calling Laura Gattoni at (607) 286-7171, ext. 271. A full ticket includes dinner, dessert, drinks, and entertainment, or for a reduced price, attendees can purchase a ticket that does not include dinner. Guests of the gala are also invited to take advantage of a special room rate at The Otesaga Resort Hotel for the night of the event. For more information, and to make reservations, call (800) 348-6222 and mention “Springbrook Gala.”

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