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Wilcenski & Pleat in the Community

Why a Community page? It’s simple, really. We love the work we do and staying present and involved with our community—through sponsoring events, giving talks and presentations, or even volunteering our time and support—keeps the work we do relevant and keeps us grounded.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the ways we reach out and stay connected.

Thanksgiving Baskets Donated to CAPTAIN

Once again, the staff at Wilcenski & Pleat wanted to make another family’s holiday brighter this year. Staff members contributed to the making of two “Thanksgiving Baskets” which contain holiday favorites to provide a full meal to a local family by CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services. CAPTAIN is a volunteer driven non-profit supporting youth, adults and families in Saratoga County build brighter futures. CAPTAIN provides programs and services that include addressing issues of poverty, violence, academic challenges, family dysfunction and more in order to provide the chance for personal growth and self-sufficiency. 

Professor of Social Work Presents to Staff of Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC on The Grieving Process

On May 17, 2017, Wilcenski & Pleat was pleased to host Dr. Carla J. Sofka – Professor of the School of Social Work at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Dr. Sofka is nationally and internationally known for her on-going expertise on the process and journey of grief and loss. Her presentation to the staff of Wilcenski & Pleat focused on the grief one could experience through the loss of a person, but also through non-death related circumstances such as loss of independence and control or grief that results from an injury that causes a life-long disability or a child born with a disability.

Staff learned that there is no correct and concrete way to grieve any type of loss and how we react to loss depends greatly on our personality and our own experiences. Each situation should be handled with a unique approach and tailored to meet the needs of our clients. 

Interview For The 2017 Autism Awareness Expo & Art Exhibit

 

Attorney Tara Anne Pleat and Julie Marks from Saratoga Bridges were interviewed about the 6th Annual Austism Awareness Expo and Art Exhibit which is being held this Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Saratoga City Center from 1-3:00 p.m.. You can check out the interview here...http://wnyt.com/lifestyle/autism-expo-and-art-exhibit/4449499/

 

Thanksgiving Basket Donation To CAPTAIN

Wilcenski & Pleat is looking forward to spending time with our families during the holidays, and we wanted to reach out to help another family have a great holiday.  Staff members contributed to a “Thanksgiving Basket” containing the makings of a full Thanksgiving meal which will be provided to a local family by CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services.  CAPTAIN is Community Action for Parents, Teens and Interested Neighbors. With programs addressing issues from leadership development, to homelessness and poverty, CAPTAIN’s primary focus is lifting people up, and building brighter futures.  This is Wilcenski & Pleat’s third year of participating in the Thanksgiving program, and we will also be participating in Captain’s Adopt-a-Family Program which provides holiday gifts to Saratoga County children and teens.

 

2016 Autism Expo & Art Show

On April 10th over 800 families and over 75 service providers participated in the 2016 Austism Expo & Art Show. The Expo was organized by Saratoga Bridges, the Psychology Department at Skidmore College and the Parent Network of the Capital Region.   Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was pleased to serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the expo for the 4th consecutive year.

First Night Run in Saratoga Springs for RAIS, Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga

On December 31, 2015, Jennifer Waldek, Maureen Provost, Linda LeTendre and friends and family of Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC staff, participated in the First Night Run in Saratoga Springs on a team in support of RAIS, Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga

R.A.I.S. started through an inspiration provided by the film “The Anonymous People” and like other Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) across the country it began with a conversation about new solutions and the agreement that our area needed a voice of recovery to reduce the stigma of addiction and promote wellness in long-term recovery by changing public perception of the disease and those affected by it.

Thanksgiving Baskets Donated To "CAPTAIN"

Like many people, the staff at Wilcenski & Pleat is looking forward to spending time with our families during the holidays, and we wanted to reach out to help another family have a great holiday.  Staff members contributed to two “Thanksgiving Baskets” containing the makings of a full Thanksgiving meal which will be provided to a local family by CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services.  CAPTAIN is Community Action for Parents, Teens and Interested Neighbors. With programs addressing issues from leadership development, to homelessness and poverty, CAPTAIN’s primary focus is lifting people up, and building brighter futures.  This is Wilcenski & Pleat’s third year of participating in the Thanksgiving program, and we will also be participating in Captain’s Adopt-a-Family Program which provides holiday gifts to Saratoga County children and teens in need.

Walk for Wildwood

On October 17, 2015, colleagues and families turned out to participate in the two-mile walk around the beautifully landscaped Siena college campus to help raise money for Wildwood Programs, a non-profit organization in Schenectady that provides services and support to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was proud to sponsor this event again in 2015. 

Wesley Foundation 2nd Annual Balloon Walk

On Saturday, October 4, 2015, Jeanne Morris, Maureen Provost, her husband Ken and extended family,  Tara Anne Pleat, her son Drew Pleat and nephew Ethan Orologio participated in the 2nd Annual Balloon Walk to benefit the Wesley Foundation in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

The Wesley Foundation is an arm of the Wesley Community. The Wesley Community is a community that provides a continuum of care for seniors from independent residences to a state of the art skilled nursing facility.  Currently the Wesley Community has over  700 residents nestled on campus in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

2nd Annual Croquet on the Green

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was pleased to sponsor the AIM Services, Inc. 2nd Annual Croquet on the Green which occurred on August 4, 2015. Community Leaders, Friends of the Agency, Colleagues, Consumers and Staff joined together on the AIM Services, Inc. grounds for an afternoon croquet tournament and garden party. 

AIM Services, Inc. is a private, not for profit organization providing residential and community-based services to individuals living with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. AIM's service area includes Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. 

White Party Gala

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was proud to be part of the Corporate Honorary Committee for the 2015 White Party Gala held at the Fasig Tipton in Saratoga Springs on July 18, 2015. The White Party serves as the primary annual fundraiser for Saratoga Bridges. This year’s event netted a record profit for Saratoga Bridges.

Saratoga Bridges is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Saratoga County, and has been providing high level services and programs to hundreds of individuals with disabilities and their families in the greater Capital Region for more than 55 years.

AIM Services Golf Tournament

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was pleased to sponsor and participate in the AIM Services, Inc.  Annual Golf tournament this past June at the Ballston Spa Country Club.  Attorneys  Tara Anne Pleat and Mike Dezik enjoyed a great round of golf with family,  Andy and Scott Pleat.

AIM Services, Inc. is a private, not for profit organization providing residential and community-based services to individuals living with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. AIM's service area includes Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. Tara Anne Pleat serves on the Board of Directors of AIM Services, Inc.

Prevention Council

On Saturday June 6, 2015, Jennifer Waldek, Maureen Provost, Tara Anne Pleat and Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC corporate pilates trainer, Tenicia "T." Trask Yeager, participated in the "Tuff eNuff" obstacle run in Saratoga Springs. The run benefited the Prevention Council of Saratoga.

The Prevention Council has worked for more than 30 years to give young people the skills to choose healthy behaviors, provide families with the tools to foster positive child development, help communities build family-friendly environments, and help schools build supportive climates for students.

Brain Injury Association of New York State

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC exhibited at the BIANYS 33rd Annual conference which took place on June 4th and 5th at the Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road in Albany.

The BIANYS annual conference features workshops on a number of different topics, as well as the opportunity to network with individuals with brain injuries, their family members and friends, professionals in the field, advocates, health care providers, and agency representatives, among others. The firm has participated in this conference for more than a decade. This year, our Director of Case Management, Josephine Todaro, facilitated a session on parenting.

Austism Fair

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was again honored to be the presenting sponsor of what was the 4th Annual Autism Resource Fair in Saratoga Springs. Over 700 families and  over 75 service providers participated in the Fair and Art Show at the Saratoga Springs City Center.  The event was again presented by Saratoga Bridges, the Psychology Department of Skidmore College and the Parent Network of the Capital Region, was held in April in recognition of Autism Awareness month. The fair provided a family friendly atmosphere while providing access to information about special education pre-schools, recreational programs, technological innovations, college counseling and other services and supports designed to assist individuals with disabilities and their families.

Aim Services, Inc. Annual Golf Tournament

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was pleased sponsor and participate in the AIM Services, Inc. Annual Golf tournament this past June at the Highland Golf Course in Queensbury. Attorneys Ed Wilcenski, Tara Anne Pleat and Mike Dezik enjoyed a great round of golf with family and friends.

Attorney Tara Anne Pleat and her husband, Andy, sponsored and participated in AIM Services First Annual Croquet on the Green fundraiser which was held on August 5, 2014 on AIM Services’ grounds in Saratoga Springs.

AIM Services, Inc. is a private, not for profit organization providing residential and community-based services to individuals living with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. AIM's service area includes Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

 

6th Annual Newmeadow Day at the Races

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was again pleased to sponsor the annual Newmeadow Day at the Races.  Attorneys Ed Wilcenski, Tara Anne Pleat, Mike Dezik and their spouses enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in the At the Rail Pavillion at the Saratoga Springs Race track.  As most of our colleagues and friends know, attorney Tara Anne Pleat's son attended Newmeadow for 2 years after he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as a preschooler.  The firm continues to be proud to support Newmeadow.

 

 

7th Annual Autism Awareness Golf Tournament

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was a Silver Sponsor of the 7th Annual Autism Awareness Golf Tournament, which took place at the Highland Golf Course in Queensbury on July 25, 2014.  Attorney Tara Anne Pleat together with family and friends participated as players in the tournament.  Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC has sponsored and participated in this tournament since it began 7 years ago.

The proceeds of the tournament support the Newmeadow Saratoga School. Newmeadow is a preschool which works to prepare children with autism and other special needs for kindergarten, elementary school and the challenges that accompany social and educational inclusion.

The White Party to Benefit Saratoga Bridges

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was proud to be part of the Corporate Honorary Committee for the 2014 White Party Gala held at Fasig Tipton in Saratoga Springs on July 19, 2014. The White Party serves as the primary annual fundraiser for Saratoga Bridges.

Saratoga Bridges is one of the largest not for profit organizations in Saratoga County, and has been providing high level services and programs to hundreds of individuals with disabilities and their families in the greater Capital Region for more than 50 years.  

Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) Annual Conference

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC exhibited at the BIANYS 32nd Annual conference which took place on June 5th and 6th at the Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road in Albany.

The BIANYS annual conference features workshops on a number of different topics, as well as the opportunity to network with individuals with brain injuries, their family members and friends, professionals in the field, advocates, health care providers, and agency representatives, among others. The firm has participated in this conference for more than a decade.

Clifton Park Baseball & Miss Shen Softball 2014

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC is pleased to continue its support for Clifton Park Baseball and Miss Shen Softball again for the 2014 season. In addition to the corporate sponsorship, attorney Ed Wilcenski was assistant coach for his 11 year old son’s team, the Clifton Park Hornets.

Members of the Wilcenski & Pleat family continue their involvement as players, coaches and volunteers in the Miss Shen Softball program as well in 2014 in the spring, summer and fall programs. 

3rd Annual Autism Resource Information Fair

This past spring, hundreds of families and over 50 service providers participated in the 3rd Annual Autism Resource Fair in Saratoga Springs. This year, the Fair moved from the Skidmore campus to the Saratoga Springs City Center.  The event, presented by Saratoga Bridges, the Psychology Department of Skidmore College and the Parent network of the Capital Region, was held in recognition of Autism Awareness month. The fair offered a family friendly atmosphere while providing access to information about special education pre-schools, recreational programs, technological innovations, college counseling and other services and supports designed to assist individuals with disabilities and their families.  Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was once again honored to be the presenting sponsor for the event.

5th Annual Newmeadow Day at the Races

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC was again pleased to sponsor the 5th Annual Newmeadow Saratoga School Day at the Track on August 4, 2013. The Newmeadow Saratoga School is a preschool that works to prepare children with autism and other special needs for kindergarten, elementary school and the challenges that accompany social and educational inclusion.  Attorney Tara Anne Pleat’s son attended Newmeadow for 2 years after he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a preschooler. Wilcenski & Pleat is both pleased and proud to continue to support Newmeadow.

 

Clifton Park Baseball & Miss Shen Softball

Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC is pleased to continue to support Clifton Park Baseball and Ms. Shen Softball again for the 2013 season. In addition to sponsorship, attorney Ed Wilcenski was the head coach for his son’s 10 year-old recreational team this season.

Members of the Wilcenski & Pleat family have been involved in Miss Shen Softball as players, coaches and volunteers for several years and look forward to continued involvement in the years to come.

 

 

6th Annual Adirondack Autism Awareness Golf Tournament

Wilcenski & Pleat was pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the Adirondack Autism Awareness Golf Tournament that took place at Highland Golf Course in Queensbury on July 26, 2013. Attorneys Tara Anne Pleat and Michael Dezik together with family and friends participated as players in the tournament.  The proceeds of the tournament support the Newmeadow Saratoga School. Newmeadow is a preschool that works to prepare children with autism and other special needs for kindergarten, elementary school and the challenges that accompany social and educational inclusion.

2nd Annual Autism Awareness Information Fair & Carnival

This past weekend, hundreds of families and a multitude of exhibitors descended upon Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, for the Second Annual Autism Fair and Carnival.  The event, presented by Saratoga Bridges, the Psychology Department of Skidmore College, and the Parent Network of the Capital Region, was presented in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, and offered visitors information on recreational programs, technological innovations, college counseling and other services and supports designed to assist individuals with autism and their families. Our firm was thrilled to be invited to serve as a platinum sponsor for the event.

Helping students with disabilities and their families plan for the transition from high school to adult life

Options for Transitional Services

Wilcenski & Pleat attended the “Options for Transitional Services” Fair held at Shaker High School in Latham (North Colonie School District) on November 15, 2012. The informational fair was held to help students with disabilities and their families plan for the transition from high school to adult life. Our firm discussed questions regarding Medicaid and OPWDD Waiver eligibility, the importance of having Advance Directives (Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will) or guardianship options in order for family members to have the authority to continue advocating once an individual turns eighteen.

Raising Money for a Great Cause

Warrior Dash 2012 for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

As you conquer obstacles, leap fire, and crawl through the mud of Warrior Dash, the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are fighting for their lives. St. Jude is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases. By becoming a St. Jude Warrior, your fundraising not only inspires hope in children who need it the most, but you earn some pretty awesome prizes along the way!

How we helped:

  • Participated in event
  • Raised funds