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Fall Harvest Celebration

More information to come… If you have specific questions or would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marisa Paladino: 516.746.0350 x4364 or

Wheatus Raffle

Program Updates

Raffle: Autographed Wheatus Album, THRIVE Benefit

Here is your chance to own an autographed copy of The Valentine LP by Wheatus. Raffle tickets cost $1 each and proceeds will benefit THRIVE Recovery Center, the location of Wheatus’ Benefit Concert on June 29th, 2018.

Launched in response to our community need for a safe, substance-free place, THRIVE is the first and only of its kind on Long Island. Members of the recovery community and their families can pursue better skills, better relationships, and ultimately better lives. THRIVE is operated by Family and Children’s Association (FCA), Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA), Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.), and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD).

Prize: (1) The Valentine LP autographed by Wheatus

Buy Raffle Tickets:

Winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Friday, 07/20/2018 @ 12:00 Noon Eastern Standard Time

Family & Children’s Association is proud to announce our Autographed Wheatus Album Raffle offering a first place prize of (1) The Valentine LP autographed by Wheatus. Proceeds to benefit THRIVE Recovery Community & Outreach Center which is operated by Family & Children’s Association and partnering organizations.


Official Rules:

The Autographed Wheatus Album Raffle offering a first place prize of (1) The Valentine LP autographed by Wheatus is being conducted by Family & Children’s Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization under the laws of the State of New York.

Ticket purchaser must be 18 years of age or older to participate and must have a valid Social Security number.

No more than 15,000 raffle tickets will be sold. (1) One person may buy multiple tickets until limit of 15,000 raffle tickets is reached.

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each.

Raffle tickets may be purchased by:

  • Cash, in person at 100 East Old Country Rd. Mineola, NY 11501 or 1324 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11749;
  • Checks made payable to Family & Children’s Association, mailed to 100 East Old Country Rd. Mineola, NY 11501;
  • Online at

Should the purchaser’s check not be honored by the bank, the ticket will become void and withdrawn from the drawing. By IRS declaration, ticket purchases for valuable prizes are not eligible for charitable tax deductions.

Odds of winning first place prize are 1:15,000.

All ticket order forms must be received with full payment no later than 9:00 AM Eastern Standard time on July 19th, 2018 9:00 AM Easter Standard Time or before a total of 15,000 tickets have been sold, whichever comes first, to be entered into the drawing. Family & Children’s Association will not extend ticket sales beyond July 19th, 2018 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Prize: First Prize: (1) The Valentine LP autographed by Wheatus

Drawing will be held on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 12:00 PM Noon. Winner will be notified via phone call/email address provided upon entering raffle.

Winners need not be present to win. The prize: (1) The Valentine LP autographed by Wheatus will be shipped to first place prize winner via overnight mail within 48 hours of auction end.

The prize winner is solely responsible for all local, state and federal taxes and all expenses incurred in claiming the first place prize of Prize: (1) The Valentine LP autographed by Wheatus. The Internal Revenue Service requires that any prizes valued at $600 or more be issued a Form W-2G, and requires that 25% of total winnings be withheld for federal taxes on prizes of $5,000 or more. The prize winner understands, acknowledges, and agrees that the prize winner is receiving a prize and will hereby release and discharge THRIVE Recovery Community & Outreach Center, Family & Children’s Association, and any additional partnering organizations, sponsors, their employees, agents, officers, directors and legal representatives and assigns from any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses or expenses arising from or caused by the award of such prize, including, but not limited to the payment of any and all taxes that are due.

Prize must be claimed within 30 days of drawing. Any unclaimed prize after that date will constitute forfeiture and be transferred to THRIVE Recovery Community & Outreach Center as a donation.

Family & Children’s Association, its Board of Directors, and its agents assume no liability for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or entries without payment which will be deemed invalid and disqualified.

The decisions and rules of Family & Children’s Association are final on all matters concerning the raffle.

Void where prohibited by law.

A copy of these rules is posted at and can also be requested by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Family & Children’s Association, 100 East Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY 11501.



Press Releases

FCA Holds Annual Scholarship Fund Reception for College-Bound Young People on Long Island



MINEOLA, NEW YORK, June 21, 2018 – On June 20, 2018, Mineola-based nonprofit Family & Children’s Association (FCA) presented its 33rd annual Mission Moment Scholarship Fund breakfast at the NYIT deServersky Mansion in Glen Head, New York.

 For more than three decades, the scholarship fund has aimed to guide young people toward successful futures by enabling at-risk youth to pursue higher education and improve their lives. More than 50 college scholarships are awarded each year. The annual reception recognizes the extraordinary achievements of scholarship winners, and the dedicated staff and donors who contribute to the program.

This year’s event featured a keynote by best-selling author Darryl Davis, CSP, whose books include How to Become a Power Agent in Real Estate and How to Design a Life Worth Smiling About. Davis discussed his distinguished publishing and sales careers, as well as his successful stint in the entertainment business. Several of the scholarship recipients had already met Darryl from his visit to FCA’s Learning Center in Hempstead, NY. The reception also gave scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet the FCA donors who helped make their journey possible.

Glenda Umana, a client with FCA’s HER TURN program helping underserved women in the Hempstead, New York area, spoke to the crowd about her resilience and ability to grow with the support of FCA. “As I look into the audience and see all these scholarship recipients ready to go to school, I am truly inspired to see how pursuing higher education is achievable no matter what stage of life a person is in,” noted Glenda. “This is truly a real credit to the good work that is being done by Family & Children’s Association, and I thank you all.”

Following Glenda, Darryl Davis shared his story from being an emancipated teenager living on his own at the age of 16, to spending a decade researching happiness, to speaking about happiness around the world. Davis said, “The feeling of witnessing another person’s growth and personally contributing to it is what this event is all about.” To the scholarship recipients, Davis recommended, “Embrace the challenges and fears that come your way on your life’s journey and use them as the pivotal moments that launch you to that next step towards success”.

 Stephanie Guardado, a sophomore at SUNY Buffalo studying Speech & Hearing Sciences, shared, “I received my FCA scholarship during my freshman year and I am completely grateful to have received the scholarship. I was able to buy the books that were necessary for my classes and it gave my family and me a great sense of relief financially. I just want to say thank you so much for making this possible and I am forever grateful.”

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA, said, “The drive, determination and perseverance of our scholarship recipients are an inspiration to everyone at our agency. Many thanks to FCA’s generous donors for helping to make these kids’ dreams a reality.”

Over the past 33 years, FCA’s Mission Moment Scholarship Fund has gifted over $2,000,000 to students engaged with FCA’s programs and services.


About Family & Children’s Association (FCA)

FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

Through an integrated network of services and counseling, FCA provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services, Family Education & Support, Children’s Mental Health Services, Adult & Senior Services and Residential Care Programs.

FCA has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.

For more information about FCA, visit


Media Contact:

Marc Fernandez

Marketing/Communications Coordinator

Phone 516-746-0350 x1247

Family & Children’s Association is dedicated to protecting and strengthening Long Island’s most vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities. We offer assistance to those who are experiencing social, emotional, and economic challenges.

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