Gala Gratitude! Crossroads Gala 2019.

April 16, 2019

To all who supported this year’s Gala, thank you! The evening was a great success because of you!

Wow, what a night! Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this special event to benefit Crossroads Center for Children!

If you weren’t able to attend this year, here’s a little recap for you to enjoy!

This year’s gala venue was the Appel Inn. We are thankful to Laurie, Gerhard and the crew there for donating this the lovely space to us for the event.


We were blessed to have DJ Zac Barr there to entertain and motivate with his exceptional musical talents. This was Zac’s 10th year in a row of donating his time to DJ at the Crossroads Gala.

The event was hosted by two brilliant masters of ceremony. Heather Morrison, from Spectrum News, and Steve Oill, longtime Crossroads “mayor” both shared personal stories of life with autism, and the impact that Crossroads is making on the autism community in upstate New York.

One of the Crossroads Gala highlights each year is seeing the dedicated employees receive recognition for meeting milestone years of service. This year, five employees were honored. Congratulations to Kelly Young, Kathy Kaiser and Janet D’Amario for twenty years with Crossroads Center for Children. Congratulations to Kerry Duffy and Jessica Palmateer for five years.

Two distinctive Crossroads Gala awards were given for exceptional service and dedication to the school. John & Joyce Yates were not present but were honored with the Dedication to Crossroads Award for all that they have done for the school, from chairing our Golf Tournament for many years, John serving on our Board for several years, some of that as President, and both constant advocates for our mission. Bellevue Builders was presented with the Connecting the Community Award for years of donating both supplies and services to Crossroads. The award was accepted by Jackie and Dave Roberts, current Crossroads parents, Dave being a Bellevue Builders employee.

It was a special honor to hear from two guest speakers this year! As this year we celebrated our twentieth year anniversary we were blessed to hear from two wonderful people who have been with the organization since the beginning. Janet D’Amario and John Barkowski both spoke from the heart and shared their special stories. Both made us laugh and tugged at heartstrings.


John received a standing ovation after speaking.

Next, LeGrande Serras took the floor and swept everyone up in a rapid and exciting Live Auction. We’ve never seen the likes of his energetic style and manner of motivating bidding! For all who engaged, thank you! To all who won their particular round and went home with one of six incredible items, thank you for your determination to grab that sweet prize! LeGrande also got an outstanding participation from the crowd with a money auction. Folks donated $100 each to match a $1000 donation from Bellevue Builders.

On each table, beautiful flower centerpieces, donated by The Country Florist were sold for $15 each to benefit Crossroads. A special thanks to Country Florist for carrying on this tradition each year.

Also on the tables were bottles of wine donated by Sari Medick. She is continuing her generosity by donating a portion of proceeds from her wine sales to the school.

There were so many people who helped in so many ways. Please know that even if not mentioned in this post, we very much appreciate your contribution.

We are so very grateful to everyone! Please see this link for a list of sponsors, donations and advertising!

Gala, 2019 – Many thanks to our generous sponsors and donors!

Funds raised by this event will help provide critical services to children from all over the region. We are endlessly grateful to everyone for bidding on items, participating in the silent and live auctions and in the wine pull and for pledges and donations that night. This event really makes an impact on our program and is greatly appreciated.

Were you there? If you post pictures to your social media, please use the hashtag #CrossroadsGala2019! You are also welcome to share them to our Facebook page if you wish.  Thanks!


Crosroads Center for Children’s 2019 Gala is SOLD OUT!Gala, 2019 – Many thanks to our generous sponsors and donors!