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Dear Friends:

It’s finally spring and our annual gala is just around the corner.


Among the Stars is our yearly celebration, gathering friends and supporters to have fun, honor community award winners, and raise funds to support Starbridge. If you haven’t reserved your seat yet, you should grab one soon – it’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

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I look forward to honoring our Community Award winners each year. They are people making a meaningful, positive difference in our community.

2018 Community award winners

Kathy Lee and Navlette James both have lengthy, impactful careers in their respective fields. Jeiri Flores and Ashley Donlon are making a difference, whether it’s in their schools, their workplaces, or the community. David DeGraff and Sharon Pluta-DeGraff are longtime supporters of Starbridge, and want to see supports available to every person in our community.

You can read more about this year’s recipients at www.starbridgeinc.org/news-events/news/260-2018-community-award-winners-announced

In other news, the statewide transition from Medicaid Service Coordination to Care Coordination is on-track to take place officially on July 1. Our Service Coordinators have just received the enrollment forms and will be meeting with individuals and families to talk about next steps and options.

Our 2018 Self-Direction Series kicks off May 18th. We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Al Condeluci back to western New York. He’ll be presenting a full-day workshop on Belonging Matters for the first time in Ellicottville. Then, on May 19th, Al will be in Rochester to build on last year’s presentation, continuing the conversation on the importance of building relationships and sharing new information about patterns of family engagement.

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Registration is free to families and self-advocates, so register soon! Click on the linked locations or the graphic above to learn more about the events.

Last, but not least, Causewave Community Partners, a local nonprofit organization, is conducting a survey on behalf of Starbridge. As an important person to Starbridge, we would appreciate your input. Your responses will be anonymous, and are important, regardless of how well you know our organization. You should see an email from them early next week. Thank you in advance for your time.

Colin Garwood

Kind regards,

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 Colin Garwood, President/CEO