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Dear Friends:

I hope this message finds you well.


We are happy to be collaborating this spring with Rochester City School District’s Parent University to provide free workshops to District families. Topics include information about the Committee on Special Education (CSE), options for special education services, and pathways to graduation. These trainings are being offered in both English and Spanish.

Partnerships like this help us reach families who might not know about Starbridge and the resources we offer. More importantly, this connection helps us to support families and their children to succeed in school.

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Do you know people or organizations deserving recognition for their good work? Tell us about them! Starbridge’s Community Awards honor people and organizations creating positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. Past recipients include Lawana Jones of The Autism Council of Rochester, Sarah Jane Clifford of the Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester, Jack Milko from AutismUp, and Brandin Jones of School of the Arts.

Nominations will be accepted through February 26th for:

  • Advocacy Award
  • Inclusion Award
  • Rising Star Award

Please visit www.starbridgeinc.org/community-awards to learn more or submit a nomination.

David DeGraff and Sharon Pluta DeGraff 

We are proud to announce that David DeGraff and Sharon Pluta-DeGraff will receive the 2018 Outstanding Community Partner Award.

Almost two decades ago, David and Sharon reached out to the agency to ensure that their son had the supports that he needed to achieve his goals. David and Sharon not only appreciate the transformation they have witnessed in his life, but they also want to ensure that others in the community can benefit from the supports and services Starbridge provides. Dave and Sharon are great partners to Starbridge, and their commitment to help others is inspiring.

2018 Award winners will be recognized at Starbridge’s “Among the Stars” gala on Saturday, May 5th at Locust Hill Country Club. We hope you will join us! www.starbridgeinc.org/celebration

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Colin Garwood

Kind regards,

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 Colin Garwood, President/CEO