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April 11th, 2016
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FCA and LICADD Announce Strategic Partnership


Family & Children's Association (FCA) and The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), two of Long Island's most prominent nonprofits, have entered into a strategic partnership that will consolidate administrative functions, reduce operating expenses and most importantly, create a seamless continuum of care for individuals and families struggling with addiction.

Under the new arrangement, LICADD is now an affiliate of FCA.

 

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FCA and LICADD Participate in Press Conference Hosted by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

FCA's President & CEO, Jeffrey Reynolds, along with LICADD's Executive Director, Steve Chassman, participated in a press conference hosted by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussing the need for stricter guidelines regarding opioid prescriptions.

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FCA Chore Worker Surprises Senior Clients with Easter Candy
FCA Chore Worker, Veronica Medina, celebrated Easter with our senior clients (some of whom have no family to celebrate with). 

Don't let anyone spend the holidays alone. Call us at (516) 746-0350 if you know anyone in need of our services.


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FCA Veterans Residence Receives Brand New Dishwasher from Appliance World

FCA's Veterans residence is pleased to announce that it has received its brand new dishwasher, donated exclusively by Kevin Nathan at Appliance World in Huntington!

Kevin Nathan was named FCA's Hero of the Month for March due to his generosity.


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FCA Names April Hero of the Month

FCA would like to congratulate the Rauch Foundation on being named our Hero of the Month for April.

The Rauch Foundation is supporting FCA's Puentes Initiative at our Hempstead Family Center, which offers day care services through our Nursery Co-op to mothers needing chemical dependency counseling services.

For this reason, FCA has chosen the Rauch Foundation to receive our Hero of the Month award for April.

 
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*Charitable IRA Rollover Update*

By: Jim Meyer, Partner, Greco Planning Group

In December of 2015 the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover provision became permanent. Individuals who are at least 70 ½ may donate directly (custodian to custodian or by check made payable to the charity by the custodian) from their IRA to Family & Children’s Association without having to pay income tax on the distribution. 

Account holders may satisfy their IRA Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) by making such a transfer and they may transfer up to $100,000 in a given year. The amount transferred may be greater or smaller than the RMD. The Rollover does not increase the taxable portion of social security benefits and is not subject to the 50% of income limitation which applies to charitable deductions.  The Rollover is not a tax deduction.

 
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 Hot Off The Press:

95-Year-Old Widower Now Cooking on his Own, Thanks to Family & Children's Association In-Home Services Program


The heat is definitely on in George Gelfars’ kitchen, thanks to FCA’s Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP). Mr. Gelfars (95) is the first to say that he has lived an extremely productive and fulfilling life. He served in the 77th infantry of the U.S. Army from 1942 until the end of WWII; he owned a retail shoe store in Fresh Meadows for 40 years and used to swim 3 miles at a time with no difficulty (he currently walks 2 miles a day). Most importantly, George spent every Saturday night dancing at Jones Beach with his beloved wife of 64 years, Florence.
 
When Florence (93) died on February 23rd, 2015, George (who had never cooked) was left to fend for himself. Fortunately, his adult children heard about FCA’s EISEP program, and George’s life was changed.
 
With the help of FCA, George is now cooking healthy, delicious meals on his own. According to George, his relationship with Angela, who comes to his house every Tuesday from 2-5 PM, has helped him regain his sense of independence by allowing him to concentrate on his health. George says that eating well and becoming a master in the kitchen are new skills that he never expected to acquire at 95 years young.
 
FCA’s EISEP program is being funded by the state and Nassau County Office for the Aging.
 
This story was covered by
 FOX 5 NY and FiOS 1 Long Island.
 

Family & Children's Association Announces 31st Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament at The Creek Club

 

Thomas H. Canty, VP, GM, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, To Be This Year's Honoree

 

Registration is now open for Family & Children’s Association’s (FCA) 31st annual golf and tennis tournament, which will take place on May 26th at The Creek Club in Locust Valley.
 
Golf aficionados will know that the Creek Club, located at 1 Horse Hollow Road, has been featured in Golf Digest’s “America’s Greatest Golf Courses”, largely because of its breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound.
 
The annual event will once again raise funding and awareness necessary to support the vital mission of FCA—to offer help and hope to the neediest of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations, especially children, families in crisis, seniors, and veterans.
 
This year’s honoree will be Thomas H. Canty, vice president and general manager for labor, government, and special accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield. (The company is one of the NY area’s largest providers of health insurance for labor unions, handling plans that cover about three million union members).
 
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President and CEO, said , “We are very pleased to extend this honor to Tom Canty, who has spent his life working to improve the delivery of  critical health care services to the working people of New York by making gigantic strides in the insurance arena.”
 
Mr. Canty, a long-time friend of FCA, said, “I am very proud to be honored by Family and Children’s Association. For more than 130 years, Family and Children’s has been helping Long Island’s most vulnerable populations. It is my sincere desire that FCA continue to touch the lives of our disenfranchised communities for decades to come.”
 
The Tournament begins with brunch at 10:30 am followed by an afternoon of play. Guests hit the links with a 12:30 pm shotgun start or they can choose to participate in a tennis tournament that begins at 1 pm.
 
The day rounds out with lunch at the 9th hole, an outdoor cocktail reception at 5:30 pm and a delectable dinner buffet, along with an exciting Chinese and silent auction. A few of the prizes will include New York Mets tickets, round trip airfare anywhere in the U.S. and Caribbean, NY Islanders and NY Mets memorabilia, and much more.
 
Not a golfer or tennis competitor? Those unable to play can still support FCA by attending the cocktail reception or making an online donation at: www.familyandchildrens.org/donate
 
Costs:
 
$650 per golfer (includes brunch and cocktail buffet)
 
$325 per tennis player (includes brunch and cocktail buffet)
 
$150 cocktail reception only
 
People interested in registering for the event should go to this website: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2016fcatournament
 
To learn more about the annual event, contact Marisa Paladino, Manager, Events and Special Projects, Family and Children’s Association, 516-746-0350 x 4364.

 


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Family & Children’s Association Seeks Participants for 2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon
 
Grab your swimsuit, bike and running shoes for an epic race in New York City!  Family & Children’s Association is actively recruiting athletes with a heart to join “Team FCA” in this year’s Panasonic New York City Triathlon, taking place on July 24th in Manhattan (the event starts on 99th street and Hudson River).
 
For those who don’t know, the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon is an Olympic Distance race consisting of a 1500m swim, a 40K bike and a 10K run. This year’s route will take participants into the waters of the Hudson River, along the streets of Manhattan’s West Side and through the beautiful scenery of Central Park.
 
The 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon is eagerly anticipated every year; in fact, last year’s event included hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators who followed the athletes and provided moral support along the grueling route.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA’s President/CEO, believes that competing on the FCA team adds another level to the athletic experience. For this reason, he, too, is training for the upcoming event and will be one of many representing ‘Team FCA’.
 
“For over 130 years, FCA has been providing vital social services to the most vulnerable members of our community…infants, children, veterans, seniors, the homeless, and people living with a variety of challenges. These are the people without a voice who need to be championed by those who are more fortunate. The NYC Triathlon brings together the strongest, most dedicated athletes in New York…why not harness that strength to help our neighbors who cannot help themselves,” he added.
 
Slots are now open, but limited (we currently have three open slots, and one team available for reservation). To join Team FCA, please call (516) 746-0350. To learn more about the many programs and services offered by FCA, please visit our website at:
www.familyandchildrens.org.

 
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Mini Mighty Man Pool Triathlon

Please join FCA staff and clients at this fun event that includes a 400 meter swim, a 6 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run. The entire event will take place at Eisenhower Park, beginning at the Nassau Aquatics Center on April 17th at 8:30 a.m. 

FCA will have a table at the event so stop by and say hello! By supporting this event, you will be supporting FCA.
 
To learn more about the event, please visit:


Project Independence Suffolk Open House
*Date Change*

Please join us on Wednesday, May 18th, from 8:30 - 10:00 AM, for our Project Independence Open House! Project Independence is a comprehensive, non-residential program design to prepare youth between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, or discharged from foster care, to live and work independently in the community when they are no longer eligible for foster care.

Call (631) 580-0334 for more information.

Location: 4400 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 201
                Holbrook, NY 11741

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2016 Golf & Tennis Tournament

Please join FCA staff and clients on at the luxurious Creek Club in Locust Valley on Thursday, May 26th, for our annual golf and tennis outing. Registration & brunch will be at 10:30 AM, followed by Shotgun at 12:30 PM. Tennis will start at 1:00 PM, followed by a cocktail hour at 5:30 PM!

Please register here: 

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2016fcatournament

 



2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon


FCA employees, board members and supporters are training for the NYC Triathlon set for July 24th. They’ll be joining thousands of other athletes who will swim 1500m in the Hudson River, bike 40K along Manhattan’s West Side highway and then run 10K in New York’s famed Central Park. Our athletes are training hard to embody the spirit of determination necessary to transform one’s life or reach a goal, something our clients accomplish every day. 

 
Every athlete running on behalf of FCA is raising money in support of our mission... to protect and strengthen LI’s most vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities. They believe in our clients, our mission and themselves. 
 
*FCA is currently seeking participants for this year's triathlon*
 
To join our team, please visit: 
http://www.nyctri.com/new-york/officialcharityprogram/athletes/family-childrens-association/ 
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