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Santa Project Party and Year-End Donations Raise $78,000 for ADAPT’s Children’s Programs

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Come December, everyone deserves a little holiday cheer. That’s why, 11 years ago, a group of young professionals started the Santa Project, a fundraising campaign that benefits ADAPT Community Network’s children’s programs. This year, thanks to our host, guests, and generous sponsors and donors, we raised a total of $78,000 raised for our students through the Santa Project Party and year-end donations.  

The casino-themed 11th Annual Santa Project Party took place on December 6th at Margaritaville Times Square, where over 200 guests attended and PIX11 anchor Kori Chambers hosted. The party’s attendees enjoyed the open bar and buffet, played poker, blackjack, and roulette, spent the night conversing and meeting new friends. At the end of the night, guests traded their poker chips for raffle tickets and won tickets to a Broadway show, a gift certificate to TAO Restaurant, a Chromebook, a Google Home set, a basket of wine, and more.  

Guests were also surprised by some celebrity appearances by Tamsen Fadal, PIX11 News anchor and previous Santa Project Party host, and Mr. G, longtime PIX11 weatherman. The two made remarks in support of the Santa Project mission, as did Peter Anzalone, ADAPT’s Vice President of Education Services, Edward Matthews, ADAPT’s Chief Executive Officer, and Laura Hickman, ADAPT’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Fund Development. Kori Chambers did an incredible job as the event’s host – thank you so much for hosting again, Kori! 

“We thank Kori Chambers and all of this year’s sponsors for their incredible support and concern for our children and families in need,” said Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network. “They truly exemplify the spirit and generosity of New Yorkers.” 

The funds collected this holiday season allow ADAPT Community Network to bring gift cards to each of the children in our preschool and school-age programs, a continuing annual tradition. 

“This was a wonderful holiday event that impacts the lives of each one of student’s families,” said Peter Anzalone, Vice President of Education Services at ADAPT Community Network. “Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and we are thankful that we were able to make a difference during the holidays.” 

On behalf of the entire team at ADAPT Community Network, we would like to thank everyone who attended and every community member who continues to support our mission. Your contributions allow us to maintain our presence as the largest provider of special education preschools in New York State and to offer occupational, physical, and speech therapy to hundreds of students along with adaptive equipment like wheelchairs, assistive tech, and more. If you were unable to attend the Santa Project Party, you can still support ADAPT’s programs and services by donating here:  

We hope you had a wonderful, safe, and warm holiday season!   



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