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Groups honor volunteers, celebrate service milestones

The Association for the Advancement of Blind and Retarded Inc. has received a $27,000 check from Fleet Bank in support of the its newest day program for adults with mental retardation in Jamaica.

The event, part of the New York Child Learning Institute's Anniversary Dinner Dance, was held last month at Terrace on the Park. More than 600 guests attended.

George Andreozzi, vice president of Fleet Bank, and Dominic Cefalu, president of Omni Business Systems, were honored for their support and efforts on behalf of the agency.

Fleet's grant will support the creation of a technology center which will train AABR's highest functioning consumers in basic computer usage. The center, named Wellington Hall, opened in November 2000, and expects to serve 160 people with developmental disabilities.

Cefalu, a founding member of the Knights of York, was honored for ongoing commitment to AABR's New York Child Learning Institute, a school for autistic children in College Point. Through the financial support of Knights of York, the institute was renovated and re-certified.

AABR serves nearly 700 individuals in the metropolitan area through 14 group homes, two day-treatment programs, two thrift stores and a family respite program.

Pfizer Inc., Sportime, and Walgreens Drug Stores will sponsor the Golf and Tennis Classic on May 7 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, L.I. The event benefits the American Lung Association of Queens, Inc. and the American Lung Association of Nassau-Suffolk, Inc.

The board of directors and members of Gift of Life, Inc. invite the public to attend their 26th anniversary Dinner Dance Saturday, April 21, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway. Call 516-504-0830.

Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32nd Ave., celebrates its 75th Anniversary Sunday, June 3.

The Queens Library Foundation Gala will honor Borough President Claire Shulman with a Public Service award; Robert Donohue, Con Edison senior vice president of electric operations, as Man of the Year, and Charles Hamm, chairman of Independence Community Bank, with its Humanitarian Award, on May 9 at 8 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, L.I.

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