Charity (NGO), Climate Change Awareness, Global Community Service, Company Launches include:
Launch of the now global powerhouse NGO — making clean water possible all across the developing worlds — Charity: Water with Robert Valentine and Valentine Group.
Launch, documentation, and then securing of the Harvard Fellowship for The Canary Project (W/ Nat'l Arts Club) and its founders Ed Morris and Susanna Sayler. The Canary Project has documented drastic repercussions to the natural environment through landscape photography on all seven continents since 2003.
Official solo interpreter (Japanese-English), clutch live-show director, co-producer for the THANK YOU from the people of the Nation of Japan to the people of the United States for relief efforts following the Fukushima nuclear melt down and tsunami, at Lincoln Center. With Hashimoto, Dance Theater of Harlem, Japan's top 3 youth Ballet schools (250 students), and a dozen dancers with Down's Syndrome. The Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center was sold out and raised over $25,000 for ACDS. My great grandmother Lena Oppenheimer Minden was the founder of the Kindertransport, which saved over 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi death camps in Germany. I grew up knowing her. In her later years, she taught, mentored and took care of those with Down's Syndrome, based in London, while painting water colors. I am very proud to continue her legacy of global peacekeeping, assisting and caring fo hte disadvantaged / those with special needs, and children of all creeds and races.
ACDS Lincoln Center Event:
Plainview, New York – Sometimes dreams do come true. Twelve young ladies with Down syndrome from ACDS got the chance of a lifetime to perform in front of a sold-out audience at the world famous Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on March 28.“The audience was blown away by our dancers' performance. Standing ovations brought the house down,” said Linda Sperber, Director of Program Development for ACDS, which provides lifetime resources for individuals with Down syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.A special group of teens and adults, composed primarily of former participants of ACDS' 5Plus recreational dance program, performed lyrical and contemporary dance numbers during a showcase of ballet students from two leading Japanese ballet schools – the Katayama Mitsuko Ballet School and the Marry Ballet Studio.“Our dancers exceeded everyone's expectations.
They had a burning desire to be successful and spent many hours rehearsing, as well as practicing at home,” said Erica Lepurage, Recreational Program Coordinator. “One mother shared the story of how when her daughter was a baby, the professionals said she probably would never walk or talk, and now, she is dancing at Lincoln Center –imagine that family's pride.”It was an evening no one will forget. “The dancers had an opportunity to be included with other talented dancers from around the world. They were able to show the world what happens when you focus on someone's ability rather than their disability.” said Sperber.
ACDS, located in Plainview, NY is dedicated to providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. ACDS has been providing programs and services in and around Long Island for 45 years. ACDS currently serves more than 750 children and adults, providing services that include Early Intervention and preschool special education programs, respite and recreation programs for children, teens and adults, adult Medicaid service coordination and seven supervised group homes in Nassau County.