Inspiring Growth in Challenging Times
Sean Fox has had a long journey through his autism diagnosis that led him right to Abilities First. He has especially thrived during the pandemic; in fact, a time that has been challenging for so many has actually brought out some of the best in Sean.

“Sean has made such wonderful progress since starting at Abilities First,” said Lucy Fox, his grandmother and guardian, as well as a retired teacher and school administrator. “He has thrived in an environment that supports the whole person.”

It has brought out a different child in Sean, one who is more talkative, more confident, more independent, and able to adapt to his environment and understand what we are asking or telling him,” she added.

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Leadership Spotlight
Support & Commitment: A 36 Year Journey
The Prenting family has had a lasting and invaluable impact on Abilities First. Their story with Abilities First began when Theodore (Ted) Prenting and his late wife Bernardine were searching for a program for their son, Peter. Since then, the Prenting Family has supported and served Abilities First for over 36 years. Bernardine Prenting and Mary Nell Prenting-Palumbo, who also passed away, have served on the Board of Directors for Abilities First Inc. in the past. Ted Prenting continues their commitment to the mission of Abilities First by serving as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Abilities First NY.
[Theodore Prenting]
Save the Date | 2021
Join us in fundraising for Abilities First on
MAY 19, 2021
JULY 26, 2021
We are looking ahead to a great day of golf and tennis at one of the country’s oldest private clubs and to reconnecting with community and business leaders while making a lasting impact to the Abilities First mission. From the moment you arrive, golfers, tennis players, and sponsors will experience an outing that is clearly a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy an array of course specialties including food and beverage samplings, cigars, silent auction and more.
NEW THIS YEAR: Our Classic is getting even more exciting with the addition of tennis!
Secure your participation with branding benefits via a sponsorship today! melissamccoy@abilitiesfirstny.org | 845-485-9803 ext. 1223.
NOTE: Non-sponsorship foursomes and individual golfer spots will open on June 26.
Pledge To Power
Please join our Power Campaign by signing the Pledge to Power! The Pledge is a commitment that you can make as an individual, an organization, or a business. When you sign the Pledge, you agree to keep in mind the interests and needs of people with disabilities.

You also agree to support to do your part of help people with disabilities attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by others. Please join us in celebrating our vision that all people are recognized and valued
for their Abilities First.

If you would like to go beyond the Pledge, we can provide a presentation, training or other kinds of guidance on how to implement inclusion and accessibility in the workplace, place of business, or other part of your community. Contact the Advancement Department at 845-485-9803 or info@abilitiesfirstny.org.
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Support the Foundation for Abilities First NY
To make an online gift to the mission of Abilities First, go to https://www.abilitiesfirstny.org/make-an-impact/donate/. For additional information on gifts, sponsorships, events, volunteering, or hosting a fundraiser, contact Melissa McCoy at melissamccoy@abilitiesfirstny.org or 845-485-9803 ext. 1223.