Marist Men’s Basketball KIckoff Party to benefit Special Olympics NY – Hudson Valley Region on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello everyone!

My name is Teresa Gilli and I am the Director of Development for Special Olympics NY – Hudson Valley Region.  I am responsible for raising the necessary funds to keep our mission alive!  What is the Special Olympics mission? The mission of Special Olympics is:

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community.

We currently serve over 3,500 Athletes in the Hudson Valley Region alone.  In the state of NY, we currently have over 61,000 Athletes and growing!  This is just FANTASTIC!

When I was approached by seniors, Melissa Meehan and Meghan Massaroni that for the Capstone Project, they wanted to do a fundraiser for Special Olympics NY – Hudson Valley Region, I was thrilled and honored.  We sat down, had a great lunch, and they came up with a plan.  They did their homework then proceeded to setup a date, setup a location, make appointments, visit local businesses, made phone calls, and so much more!,  After their hard work, I am pleased to announce that the fundraiser event is a Party and his being held this coming Sunday, November 10, 2013!  The fundraiser party is right after the Marist Men’s Basketball Game, Marist vs. Elon (Game starts at 5PM and you can purchase tickets to the GAME by going to and then clicking on tickets).  The fundraiser party will be held at the McCann Center, Grey Gym, starting at 7PM, right after the basketball game.  Party Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Students (accept all major credits cards, checks or cash).  This party is for ALL AGES and families are encouraged to attend.  We will have food, games, DJ, other entertainment and so much more. Melissa and Meghan didn’t stop with this fundraiser party.  They also worked on something else that was very exciting.  This past Wednesday, November 6, 2013, they had Applebee’s give 10% of all proceeds to Special Olympics NY – Hudson Valley Region when they presented a coupon during their meal.  Amazing!

Melissa and Meghan should be commended for all of their hard work and dedication.  I cannot wait till Sunday and look forward to a fun-filled evening!  The best part, is 100% of all proceeds raised at the party go to our Athletes.  Also, all donations are 100% tax deductible.  It cannot get better than this!

I also want to thank Joe Fitzhenry and Erika Schmid for letting me post on this blog.  They should also be commended for setting up this blog for Special Olympics and the Paralympics for their Capstone Project!  It helps in so many ways, including helping us “spread the word”.  Just love seeing the comaraderie, caring, support and dedication from the wonderful students of Marist.  What they do for the Non-Profits in our area, like Special Olympics is priceless!

For those who cannot make the fundraiser party this Sunday and would like to support Special Olympics, we would be honored.  You can mail a check made out to Special Olympics NY to

Special Olympics NY, Attention, Teresa Gilli, 1207 Route 9, Suite 1C, Wappingers Falls, NY  12590 (

If you prefer to donate by Credit Card, then please call our office 845-765-2497 between 9AM – 5PM.  Remember, all donations are 100% tax deductible.

From the bottom of our Athletes’ hearts, thank you for supporting Special Olympics NY!  Look forward to seeing you ALL on Sunday!


We have a regional facebook page that is updated on daily basis.  So, please stop by when you get a chance!


Here is the flyer the talented ladies put together for this Sunday:


Enjoy the photos!

Below is a photo of one of our Athletes at our Spring Games west at West Point held every year in the Spring!


Here is a photo of one of our Athletes, Jermain Edie, who got to meet Will Smith while heading to World Games!


Here are some photos from our Young Athlete Programs:




The best part of my job – to see the Athlete’s face after they won a medal:

ATHLETE OATH:  “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”


Here are some random photos of our Athletes:

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Love from an Athlete Ann Hertel with Ricky Miller

Andrew, Will, Jon, Tim, Chris and Nick  Plenty of PEP

Finally, here is a video I LOVE to share!  It’s FANTASTIC!