Cayuga Centers Receives Support from Auburn Elks Lodge

Jun 12, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017, more than 50 guests were greeted by volunteers handing out leis and glow stick bracelets as they entered Cayuga Centers’ lantern- and palm tree-festooned gymnasium for an evening of summer fun at a Luau. The event, hosted by Cayuga Centers at the Frederick N. Richardson Center, was complete with hibiscus flowers, “flaming” torches and a tiki hut snack bar.


Pictured l to r:

rear:  Mario Campanello, Elks Lodge, Shannon Abate, Vice President of Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, Brian Schenck, Elks Lodge

front: Priscilla Rock, Luau Guest, Dee Dee (Diane) Schenck, Vice President of Community Partnerships, Ed Darrow, Elks Lodge

 It was supported by the Auburn Elks Lodge #474, who provided a generous donation to purchase luau supplies, as well as volunteers who served snacks and mingled with guests. Lodge representatives Mario Campanello, Brian Schenck and Ed Darrow presented a check for $2,500 to Shannon Abate, Cayuga Centers Vice President of Services for People with Developmental Disabilities. Funds will also be used to purchase adaptive equipment for expansion of Cayuga Centers Respite programs. Luau guests were those served by Medicaid Service Coordination, Habilitation and Respite - agency programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Once inside, guests showcased their karaoke talents and danced to music by DJ Lynn Lepak, an Elks Club member who, with his wife Judy, donated services for the party. Partiers took advantage of luau-themed photo spots, tossed balloons and beach balls, and played in a table-top beach. They indulged at an ice cream sundae bar and sipped punch through umbrella straws. Agency staff members volunteered their time to supervise the evening and make sure everyone had a great time.


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