Jenn Colella, lead in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away, is slated to perform a selection of songs at the Reach for a Star Luncheon — an annual spring fundraiser that benefits extracurricular and after-school activities for children with severe physical disabilities from the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center — at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Tuesday, April 9. Tony Award-nominated Colella has appeared in several big-name productions over the years, including High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy, Chaplin, and If/Then.[Read more…]
Albertson, N.Y. (August 14, 2018) — The Viscardi Center — a network of non-profit organizations providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities — announced on Monday that it has formally named its Albertson-based campus to honor the generosity and leadership of long-time supporters Michael and Jocelyn Pascucci and their family. The campus will now be known as “The Pascucci Family Campus of The Viscardi Center” to commemorate three-generations of commitment.
Commencement speaker Jim Sinocchi, Managing Director of the Office of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase & Co, and a member of The Viscardi Center’s Board of Directors, had a message to share with Viscardi’s graduating Class of 2018: “We all have a little bit of superhero in us.”
Albertson, NY — Broadway came to Long Island for a musical afternoon in benefit of the Reach for a Star Luncheon, which raised close to $221,000 for vital afterschool programs and extracurricular activities for students with severe physical disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School (HVS) at The Viscardi Center.
Special guest Kara Lindsay, famous for her roles in Newsies, WICKED, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, performed a set of show tunes for a crowd of 450 attendees at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on April 10. At the close of her set, Lindsay sang “Tomorrow” from Annie with several second graders from Viscardi.
On April 10, Henry Viscardi School alumna Rachel Gross served as the keynote speaker at the 36th annual Reach for a Star Luncheon, which raises vital funds for extracurricular clubs and activities that enrich the lives of students with severe physical disabilities. Gross, who currently studies public relations and civic engagement at Hofstra University, discussed the many programs and services available at Viscardi that afforded her the opportunity to develop new skills, build up her confidence, and spend time with friends — just like other kids her age.
On May 5, 2018, the National Honor Society Viscardi Chapter will host a flea market to benefit Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center. The flea market will be held at the school from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
New Coalition Aims to Shine Light on Significant Need to Enhance Oral Health Care for People with Disabilities; Two-Day Inaugural Meeting October 26-27
ALBERTSON, N.Y., October 18, 2017 – The Viscardi Center announced today that it has joined with Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), to create Project Accessible Oral Health (PAOH), an international public-private partnership that will raise awareness of, and address the significant need for, increased oral health care for people with disabilities, thus improving their overall health and quality of life.
Alexa Williams, Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center Class of 2016 Salutatorian, will appear on the annual national education media event, American Graduate Day 2017, airing live on public media stations from coast-to-coast on Saturday, October 14. (In New York, the event will air on WNET.) A freshman at St. John’s University, Alexa will share her experiences at Henry Viscardi School, as well as her plans for the future.