PORT HENRY - Mountain Lake Services, Essex County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., the largest parent-based organization in the nation serving people who have developmental disabilities, participated in a celebration walk in recognition of the organization's 60th anniversary.
Throughout the summer, NYSARC chapters hosted local and regional events as a part of a statewide "People. Progress. Potential. 60th Anniversary Celebration."
Locally, to mark the occasion, Mountain Lake Services hosted a walk inviting individuals supported through NYSARC chapters in neighboring Clinton, Franklin and Hamilton Counties along with family, friends and community members.
In September 75 representatives from Mountain Lake Services traveled to Albany to participate in a celebration walk which culminated at the steps of the state Capitol in Albany. The event kicked off at the Corning Preserve Riverfront Park as a procession of 1,500 people walked over the Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge and up State Street to the Capitol Steps lead by Schenectady Pipe and Drum. At the Capitol steps, flags from the 55 NYSARC chapters were placed by individuals who use the supports and services of NYSARC Chapters.
Remarks from several public officials including Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings; Senate Majority Leader Ron Canestrari; Senate Assistant Majority Leader Neil Breslin; Assemblyman James Tedisco; Director for Constituent Relations for Senator Roy MacDonald, Jim Church; Director of Mental Hygiene for Governor Paterson, Michael Seereiter; OMRDD Executive Deputy Commissioner, Max Chmura; NYSARC, Inc. President, Katherine Wilson-Conroy and NYSARC, Inc. Executive Director, Marc Brandt.
Immediately following the ceremony the group returned to the Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve for a picnic and entertainment.
In 1949, NYSARC, Inc. was formed by parents who were determined to change society's traditional disregard for the needs of their children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Today, nearly 60,000 people across New York State receive supports through NYSARC chapters .
Mountain Lake Services was established in 1974 and provides supports and services on a daily basis to nearly 500 people throughout Essex County. These services include Early Intervention, Residential & Day Services, Supported Employment, and Clinical Services.
For more information, visit www.mountainlakeservices.org