The Arc of Schuyler’s 16th annual golf tournament hosted more than 60 golfers at the Watkins Glen Golf Course under sunny skies on August 19, 2016, raising more than $21,000.
The Arc’s annual charity tournament raises necessary funds to assist people with intellectual and development disabilities and their families. By sponsoring, supporting, and golfing in the tournament, individuals and businesses help provide critical services for people in the Schuyler County community.
Congratulations to the tournament’s first place team: Watkins & Nichols, including Bill Spencer, Rocco Scaptura, and John and Josh Robinson. The second place team included Dominick Franzese, Greg Gavich, Tom Gifford, and Gordon Perry, and the third place team was Bryan Christopher, Zac Young, Jeremy Nadeau, and Mike Woodard sponsored by The Bonadio Group.
This was the first year the tournament included a Hole-In-One putting contest, sponsored by Oswego County Mutual Insurance Company. The contest offered one golfer the chance to sink a 50 ft. putt for a $10,000 cash prize. John Robinson of Nichols, NY was the lucky winner of the raffle to take the shot. Robinson was just short of the hole.
Winners of other contests held on the course were: Jeremy Nadeau for men’s longest drive, Jeff Cook for men’s closest-to-the-pin, and Wendy Brooks for women’s closest-to-the-pin.
The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors returned as Presenting Sponsors of the event. Birdie Sponsors were Empire Access, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. These sponsors and more than 100 other businesses, wineries, restaurants, and retail stores generously contributed through sponsorship or product donations.
“Many thanks to all the sponsors, patron supporters, and local businesses who donated items to make this year’s tournament another success – we really can’t do it without their help,” Tournament Chair, Dominick Franzese said. “The Arc’s tournament keeps going strong and continues to be one of the best tournaments in the area supporting a wonderful cause.”
Schuyler County Transit celebrated its 5th anniversary on Tuesday, August 25 with a public event at its operation headquarters, The Arc of Schuyler. Members of the Schuyler County Coordinated Transportation Committee, the team responsible for the long range planning and implementation of the public transit system gathered for a celebration with legislative officials, bus drivers, and riders.
In five years, Schuyler County Transit ridership has tripled with about 18,500 passenger trips in the last year. Public transit opened in 2010 under a contract partnership between Schuyler County and The Arc of Schuyler, a not-for-profit organization serving people with developmental disabilities.
“With thirty years of experience training drivers, providing specialized transportation service, and maintaining a fleet of vehicles, The Arc was a clear choice for partnership,” Schuyler County Administrator, Tim O’Hearn said.
Public transit launched in August 2010 with a fixed route service to the villages of Burdett, Montour Falls, Odessa, and Watkins Glen as well as a Dial-A-Ride service.
“The transit service is an important asset to Schuyler County. Senior citizens and many others need transportation to supports at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls, the hospital, health care facilities, shopping, and more. This is an economical mode of transportation that is essential for our residents,” Montour Falls Mayor, John King said.
The system made modifications over the years for rider convenience, installing bus shelters, adding stops, and adjusting the route to accommodate frequent riders, including people with disabilities and seniors. Schuyler County Office for the Aging Director and member of the Coordinated Transportation Committee, Tammy Waite commented, “The public transit system is a safe, reliable and affordable means of getting to and from destinations. It is a great alternative when one must make that difficult decision to give up the car keys and allow someone else to transport them.”
Beth DeCaro, Property Manager for Jefferson Village Apartments in Watkins Glen agreed and added, “Schuyler County Transit has allowed our tenants to maintain their independence for a longer period of time.”
In February 2014, the system opened additional routes to rural areas of the county, transporting riders from Bennetsburg, Hector, Reynoldsville, and Valois to stops in Watkins Glen. The Corning Connections route was introduced later that year and has been utilized by Corning Community College students and employees of Corning businesses. Schuyler County Transit has also been contracted to offer shuttle services for events such as the annual Seneca Lake Wine & Food event at Clute Park and the recent Phish festival at Watkins Glen International.
“This is a time when public transport has never been more important in supporting growth and job creation,” SCOPED Executive Director, Judy McKinney Cherry said. “For communities that can attract the right talent, the resulting wealth can be spread out across the economy. This is a win-win since there is a $4 economic return to a community for every $1 invested in public transportation.”
Speakers at the event included: Jeannette Frank, Executive Director of The Arc of Schuyler; Schuyler County Administrator, Tim O’Hearn; Representatives from the Offices of Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Tom O’Mara, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano; and frequent rider, Debbie Ball of Watkins Glen.
“Schuyler County Transit has demonstrated ability to serve riders and maximize existing transportation systems to benefit the whole community,” Frank said. “Public transit is a symbol of a community that is working together and that’s what we’re celebrating.”
Photo Caption: Schuyler County Administrator, Tim O'Hearn enjoys a cupcake at Schuyler County Transit's 5th Anniversary event. Schuyler County Legislature Chairman, Dennis Fagan looks on.
The Arc of Schuyler’s 15th annual golf tournament, held on Friday, August 21st at Watkins Glen Golf Course, netted more than $22,000 to support programs and services provided to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Completing the tournament in first place was the Watkins & Nichols Team – Bill Spencer, Rocco Scaptura, John Robinson, and Josh Robinson. The team is the second to be added to a new Arc Golf Tournament Champions plaque, created in honor of Dave and Marilyn Dalrymple. The Arc recognized the Dalrymples for the role they have played in the success of the tournament over the years and for their ongoing outstanding support. The plaque hangs at the Watkins Glen Golf Course club house.
The second place team included Chris Schoemaker, Jode Schoemaker, Jared Hammond, and Michael Stamp sponsored by Hill & Markes and the third place team was Lisa and Donald Crouch and Milt and Wendy Brooks.
Winners of the contests held on the course were: Josh Robinson for men’s longest drive, Colin Scott for men’s closest-to-the-pin, and Lisa Crouch for both women’s longest drive and women’s closest-to-the-pin. Dave Reynolds won the 50/50 raffle prize and generously donated $100 back to The Arc.
The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors returned as Presenting Sponsors of the event. Birdie Sponsors were Empire Access, Garage Floor Coating of NY, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. These sponsors and more than 90 other businesses, wineries, restaurants, and retail stores generously contributed through sponsorship or product donations.
The golf tournament planning committee includes Tournament Chair, Dominick Franzese, 2015 Honorary Chair, Susan Buchtel, Nick Anagnost, David Dalrymple, Greg Gavich, Doug Hagin, James Wilson, and Jeannette Frank, executive director and Holly Baker, director of community relations of The Arc of Schuyler.
“The committee is sincerely grateful to the generous sponsors, tournament supporters, golfers, and many volunteers who demonstrate great support of The Arc and of people with developmental disabilities through this tournament,” Dominick Franzese, Tournament Chair said. “Thanks to their generosity, this is one of the best tournaments in Watkins Glen and it supports a great cause.”
The Arc of Schuyler conducts fundraising activities to support its mission in providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.
Photo: Arc Executive Director with Jeannette Frank, Honorary Chair Susan Buchtel and Direct Support Staff, Pat Wilcox. SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE.
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The Arc of Schuyler will hold its 15th Annual Golf Tournament at the Watkins Glen Golf Course on Friday, August 21, 2015. The tournament raises funds to help provide services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and their families.
Dominick Franzese of Watkins Glen returns for his second year as Chair of the tournament. Franzese is an avid golfer and has served on The Arc’s golf tournament committee for many years.
“I’m thrilled to be involved with The Arc as they celebrate fifteen years hosting this excellent tournament,” Franzese said. “It’s one of the best golf events in Watkins Glen and it supports a great cause.”
Franzese will greet golfers and sponsors and volunteer at the event alongside this year’s Honorary Tournament Chair, Susan Buchtel of Horseheads. Buchtel receives supports through The Arc and is an energetic volunteer in the Schuyler County area. She delivers for the Office for the Aging Meals on Wheels program and assists with planting, weeding, and harvesting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Teaching Garden. Buchtel also visits with and performs music for residents at Seneca View Skilled Nursing.
“Susan is a hard worker and serves her community always with a smile on her face,” Franzese said. “An Honorary Chair helps our participants and sponsors focus on what this tournament is all about – supporting people to achieve their goals. The committee is proud to honor Susan for her contributions to her community.”
“I love volunteering. It makes me feel proud to help," Buchtel said. "I’m excited to ride the golf cart and thank everyone for helping." Buchtel also enjoys gardening and baking with her mother.
The Arc’s Golf Tournament is supported by dozens of local and regional sponsors including its Presenting Sponsors: The Bonadio Group and Relph Benefit Advisors and Birdie Sponsors: Empire Access, Garage Floor Coating of New York, and Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.
Click the image above to read our Annual Membership and Fund Drive 2015 Appeal
The Arc of Schuyler is offering a $1,000 scholarship in honor of past board member, Joanne S. Hayes. Seniors at Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Bradford Central Schools or who are Schuyler County residents are eligible to apply for the award.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior continuing his or her education in special education, human services or a related clinical area such as nursing, psychology, speech pathology, or physical/occupational therapy, which will be used in a career providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.
The Arc of Schuyler has identified that there are serious workforce issues facing organizations providing supports to people with disabilities. This scholarship program focuses on informing students, parents, schools and the community at large that there are important and rewarding jobs and a variety of career opportunities working with and for people with disabilities.
Joanne S. Hayes was a past board member and president of The Arc of Schuyler, who lived in Odessa before her death in 1987. She was a strong advocate for career and employee training. "This education fund is a fitting tribute to her commitment to The Arc and to our workforce," said Jeannette Frank, executive director of The Arc. The Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship is made possible through local donations.
Eligible applicants must submit the following to their school guidance office or to The Arc of Schuyler’s Human Resources Office at 210 12th Street in Watkins Glen by May 19, 2017:
- Completed application (Click for PDF application)
- Legible essay (no more than two double-spaced pages)
- Two letters of reference
- GPA, Class Rank, SAT Scores, Transcript
- Photo of applicant to be used in promotions
Applications are available at school guidance offices.