Ability Partners plans gala in Finger Lakes

Ability Partners plans gala in Finger Lakes

Ability Partners Foundation will host its 16th annual Winter Gala and Auction in the Finger Lakes next month, supporting the programs of Happiness House, CP Rochester and Rochester Rehabilitation.

Belhurst Castle will host the Feb. 1 celebration, at which Roy, Nancy and Ross Beecher will be presented the “Happiness is Helping” Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to advocate for people with disabilities and disadvantages and whose accomplishments are consistent with the vision of the agencies.

The Beecher family members have been dedicated supporters of Happiness House for more than 30 years following Ross’ diagnosis of epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Roy Beecher serves as a director of the organization and was instrumental in acquiring the property where the Canandaigua campus is located.

The Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Sandy Landuyt of Sandy’s Floral Gallery. The award is presented to individuals who have provided extraordinary service over a significant period of time to Happiness House.

Joe Lomonaco, co-host of the 5 o’clock News Hour on News Radio WHAM 1180 will serve as auctioneer for the event, while former WHAM-TV Channel 13 news correspondent Patrice Walsh will act as emcee. The event will include live and silent auctions, a cork pull and a cash appeal, sponsored by the Marshall Family Foundation.

The gala also will feature a cake auction that will showcase six decadent cakes from Cake Baby LLC.

CP Rochester was established in 1946 and provides clinical, residential, educational and personal support services to individuals with and without disabilities in the Monroe County region, while Happiness House, an educational, residential, health and human service organization, serves communities in the Finger Lakes region. Rochester Rehabilitation has served the Rochester community since 1919 with an array of physical, mental health and employment services.

The three agencies serve more than 6,000 individuals annually.

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