The Guild for Exceptional Children raises $11,000 despite raging nor’easter

March 7, 2018 Victoria Merlino
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No matter the weather, South Brooklyn will always show up for a good cause.

The Guild for Exceptional Children hosted its seventh annual Beer Tasting and Buffet event, raising over $11,000 in its efforts to support people with developmental disabilities. The event was held on March 2 at the Marine Park Golf Course, 2880 Flatbush Avenue.

While a nor’easter slammed New York City on the day of the fundraiser, “Ninety eight brave and dedicated people” attended the event, said the GEC’s Director of Development Caroline Mansuetto. “I’m grateful to the 98 who weathered the weather,” she said.

She also highlighted Marine Park Golf Course’s contributions to the fundraiser’s success, with the golf course donating the venue, and its beer distributors — including Manhattan Beer, Union Beer and S.K.I. Beer — donating beer to the event.

“I’m really thankful for those who came out despite the weather. It was pretty inspiring to be in that room,” said GEC CEO Paul Cassone.

He stressed that the GEC is very appreciative of the community’s support throughout all GEC events, even when the forecast was predicted to be dire, as it was for this event.

“Running events like this is important to provide care beyond the basic care that is covered,” said Cassone, speaking of the additional support services some people may require beyond what safety nets like Medicare or Medicaid can provide. “We are always trying to improve the quality of life,” he said of the Guild’s efforts.

The GEC was founded in 1958, and is dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities live fulfilling and satisfying lives, according to its website. A particular focus of the organization is helping families with children who have special needs remain healthy and stable, providing support to them along the way. This year marks the organization’s 60th year in operation.

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