Canandaigua Wine Mixer Raises Over $45,000 for the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation

Cheers to a successful Canandaigua Wine Mixer hosted by Ontario ARC!

The event raised over $45,000 for the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation and the growing menu of innovative services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism. The fundraiser, which was held at the New York Wine & Culinary Center,  featured food and wine samplings, live music from The Swooners, and an exciting live and silent auction emceed  by Mike Rusinko from Lyons National Bank.

Thank you to the event sponsors for their generosity and support of the Canandaigua Wine Mixer: Sovereign Sponsor– Constellation Brands Imperial Sponsors– Finger Lakes Partners, M/E Engineering P.C., Shepard Ford, The Bonadio Group Jeroboam Sponsors– Ashley Home Furniture Store, Greg & Stephanie Constantino/Northwestern Mutual, Frank J. Marianacci, Inc., HEP Sales/North Main Lumber/Bright Ideas, Jachles Imperial Flooring, Mike Moreland’s Lawn & Landscape, Nationwide Retirement Plans, Relph Benefit Advisors, Wegmans of Canandaigua Magnum Sponsors– Alesco Advisors, BCI Koch Division, Canandaigua Financial Group, Canandaigua National Bank, Doyle Security Systems, Inc., Friends of Brian Kolb, Geneva Club Beverage, G.W. Lisk, Halco Plumbing & Heating, Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C., Leonard’s Express, Brian & Kelly Meath, Outward Landscape & Design, PLAN Architectural Studio, P.C., Dawn Santiago-Marullo & Tom Marullo, Scoops Ice Cream,
Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, The Lyons National Bank.

Thank you to the evening’s Honorary Chairs Greg and Stephanie Constantino for their generosity and commitment to Ontario ARC.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation and the growing menu of services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism at Ontario ARC.

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Below is a speech made by Honorary Chair Greg Constantino at the event:DSC_3526

My wife Stephanie and I were honored to chair The Canandaigua Wine Mixer to benefit the Ontario ARC.

The ARC is truly an amazing organization. We were unaware of all the great programs that they offer until a few years ago when our son Jack needed a Medicaid service coordinator.

The ARC serves over 1000 people ranging from children to senior citizens, right here in our community.

A short list of their services and programs :

Service coordination

Respite care

Caregiver training

Aging services

They have an autism center

They offer pet connections pet therapy

They have a unique College experience program

Provide Career training as well as help individuals secure employment  and

Transitional Residential programs to help individuals live independently.

When you have a family member with a disability, all you want for them is to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. And that’s just what the ARC does in our community.

All of the money raised during the Canandaigua Wine Mixer supports these programs.  The Ontario ARC is a wonderful community resource that we should all be very proud of.

So thank you for being here. Thank you for your generosity. Have fun tonight. Enjoy the amazing food and drinks, the wonderful entertainment and by all means…Spend some money. It’s for a good cause!

A quick toast… That we may all live and help others to live a meaningful and fulfilling life! Cheers