NEW WINDSOR, NY – Approximately 350 guests attended the 10th Annual “Friends of Independence” Fundraising Breakfast on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in support of our organization and the work we do; promoting independence and offering a better way of life for people with disabilities living in and around the Hudson Valley Region. Held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, the program included an update on our programs and services and testimonials by individuals we have served. Our guest speakers, Milton and Teresa, testimonials clearly exemplified this year’s theme “Engage – Educate – Empower.” First Milton shared how he was born prematurely and doctors told his parents he would not live past five years old. Today, 31 years old, Milton is happy, gainfully employed, and does volunteer work in his community. Next, Teresa shared about being diagnosed with a disability that you cannot physically see. “For more than two decades of my life, I have lived to die. Today, I live everyday more fully and anticipate the outcome of the next day,” said Teresa. Thank you Independent Living, you have been essential to my well-being and quality of life.
“We believe every person has the potential to become empowered; we all need some help along the way – that is what we call “interdependence”, said Doug Hovey, President and Chief Executive Officer at Independent Living, Inc. Our annual breakfast is an important source of funding for our programs and services. Equally important, it serves as an opportunity to educate the community regarding disability issues.
Special thanks to our sponsors: D&D Mailing Services, Inc., Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Jellybean Promotions, McGowan Art Works, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Rhinebeck Bank, Rose & Kiernan, Inc., and Ulster Savings Bank.