The Kessler Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Despite the December snowstorm numerous members of the Rochester community and Easter Seals New York Board Members came out in support December 14th’s groundbreaking ceremony for The Kessler Center, A Service of Easter Seals New York, which will provide a new residential and educational program for children and young adults with disabilities. Guests included the Kessler Family and Friendly’s, the Irondequoit Town Supervisor and members of the Town Board, members of the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Organization, Easter Seals New York Board Members and staff and representatives from the various organizations that helped to make the residential and educational program a reality. It was a momentous and truly exciting occasion to mark the kick-off of construction at the site!
All were welcome by Senior Vice President of Organizational Development, John McGrath, who thanked everyone for their attendance and recognized the many individuals whose contributions helped to bring the project to fruition. John was followed by Easter Seals New York State Board Chairman Joseph DiChiara who acknowledged that the expansion of services will allow Easter Seals New York meet the needs of even more individuals with disabilities or special needs in the state of New York. Western Region Board Chairman, and New York State Board Vice Chairman, William Costello spoke next recognizing the impact that The Kessler Center will have on the Rochester community, by following Easter Seals’ “No Reject, No Eject” policy giving children and young adults with disabilities access to high quality education and services unlike anything currently available in the area. The Kessler Center will also help to bolster the local economy by adding 109 new jobs by the time it is expected to open in fall 2011.
Easter Seals New York Chief Operating Officer, Noel Sullivan introduced Regional Director, Lori Vanderhoof and recognized that the project would not have been a possibility without her outstanding leadership throughout. Lori then spoke, humbly accepting the thanks and sharing the recognition with the many Easter Seals New York staff and supporters who have been integral to moving the project forward. Following Lori, Dennis Kessler of the Kessler Family spoke about the importance of having an organization like Easter Seals New York become part of community and provide such vitally needed services. Dennis praised the work of all those involved with the project and announced how proud he and his family were to be associated with Easter Seals New York. The program was concluded with remarks by New York State Assemblyman Joe Morelle, who echoed the sentiments of the day, agreeing that the addition of The Kessler Center to the community will be a tremendous resource for those in need in Western and Upstate New York.
We then took the opportunity for a chilly groundbreaking photo-op outside where attendees braved the elements to snap photographs. With the support of the entire community behind The Kessler Center, Easter Seals New York is looking forward to a year of growth and increased opportunities to change lives! Click here to see photos from this wonderful event!