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Center's telethon a record success

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ALBANY, NY - At the end of today's seven-hour all-live, all-local broadcast of the 54th Annual Center for Disability Services Telethon, the final tally was a new record amount, $2,007,973. Highlights included appearances in the UHY Sports Arena at the Holiday Inn Albany by relief pitcher Shawn Kelley of the New York Yankees and running back Andre Brown of the New York Giants, plus special guests Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero from the Golden Globe winning show, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and Geoff Stults and Parker Young from "Enlisted."   

The telethon showcased the talents of dozens of area performers and introduced viewers to child representative Rory Fay Chamberlain, a 3 year old resident of St. Margaret's Center who attends Clover Patch Preschool at the Center's main site.

Adult representative was Matthew Graham, a 23 year old who lives in a Center residence and who works as a Recreation Assistant at St. Margaret's Center, volunteers with the Human Resources Department at the Center, and  is an advocate for the Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS).

Inspirational stories highlighted 7 year old Josiah Beahan-Yates of Indian Lake, a student in the Langan School at Prospect Center in Queensbury, which is a division of the Center; 6 year old Madison Monahan of Mechanicville, a student in a RAAVE (Responsibly Addressing Autism Via Education) classroom in the Center's Langan School in Albany; Priscilla Wing of Delmar, who receives outpatient therapy and physiatry services through the Center after having a stroke; and a story about how the Center for Access & Mobility Services has been a resource to make home safer and more comfortable for Scott Flagler, a participant in the Center's Adult Services program.

"Kindness was the theme of our 2014 telethon," said Anne Schneider Costigan, Deputy Executive Director of the Center's Foundation, "the kindness the community has shown us through decades of support and the kindness, expertise and innovation demonstrated every day by the Center's employees as they teach, work with and treat the Center's students, residents, adult program participants and patients. The Center is seen as a community resource, and it could not, and would not, be the place where people get better at life without loyal donors, new givers and many, many volunteers and friends."

The telethon aired on FOX23. Last year's final tote was $2,002,864.

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