For Vincenza and Daniel Garcia: it was simple. When their one-year-old niece, Giuliana Fullone, was diagnosed with severe hearing loss, they knew they wanted to do something special for her—give back somehow. But just mailing a check wasn’t going to cut it. Instead, they decided to make an impact—run 6.2 miles through the most magical place on Earth: Disney World.
It’s been said before that bringing a child into this world is one of life’s greatest miracles. The melodic purity of their laugh; the high-pitched squeak of their first word; the soothing wave of comfort splashed on their face at the sound of a familiar voice. These gifts are ones that play on a blissful loop; engrained memories for parents that make it all worth it—make it all tangible.
But for some, those tangible gifts turn to intangible fears when things don’t go as planned. And for the Fullone family, those fears became an earth-shattering reality the very day they found out their daughter, Giuliana, was unable to hear.
“The first thing I felt was shock—sort of like a trauma,” Carolina Fullone, Giuliana’s mother, explained.
With a trauma of this kind, it usually bleeds into the hearts of anyone in arm’s length. In this case, it was Carolina’s sister, Vincenza. “Our family was extremely worried for Giuliana. I remember thinking, ‘Are her peers going to make fun of her or bully her because of her disability?’ and ‘What do we do now?’”
Numerous physician visits, inundated with new research and unfamiliar information, hearing aid trials, constant speech therapy—all of which failed to improve Giuliana’s hearing—started to take a toll on everyone involved.
But Vincenza was behind them every step of the way—she knew that her sprightly, bright-eyed niece would come out of this stronger than ever. “Giuliana is extremely caring and thoughtful,” she said with a full heart. “When I saw everything she had been through, I knew that she would emerge determined and strong-willed.”
Because Giuliana’s hearing aids failed, she became a candidate for cochlear implants. She was enrolled in the Nassau BOCES Hearing Services Infant Program five days a week and underwent two cochlear implant surgeries—all before the age of two. Giuliana then moved on to attend Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, and this is where things began falling into place.
“When Giuliana first came to Mill Neck, her speech was nowhere near the level it is today,” recalled Vincenza. “Now she has more than 100 words in her vocabulary and has no signs of a speech delay. She speaks in complete sentences and communicates very clearly.”
Inspired by the sheer strength Giuliana possesses, Vincenza and her husband, Daniel, decided to participate in an event called runDisney, allowing participants the unique opportunity to run through Disney Theme Parks. In February of this year, Vincenza and Daniel ran the Disney Princess Enchanted 10k race at the Epcot center in Orlando, Fla., to raise money for Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and to raise awareness for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
“Completing this event was a huge accomplishment and knowing that it was being done to thank Mill Neck Manor’s teachers was the motivation behind it all,” Vincenza continued. “Our hope is that Giuliana learns that through determination, perseverance and faith, she can achieve anything.”
Established in 1951, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf provides the highest quality of services to children who are deaf and have other special needs from all social and economic backgrounds. Children are bused to Mill Neck daily from 49 Long Island School Districts, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan with the hope that one day they will have an opportunity to leave their mark on the world, just like everyone else.
For more information on how to help children at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, please contact Nancy Leghart, Director of Advancement, at 516-628-4243 or email email@example.com.
“Gospel Hands” Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an exciting 4-day program being offered this summer by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf. Free of charge to Deaf children and their siblings (ages 6-12), this unique VBS will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City on August 16-19, 2016.
Since 1947, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD), the founding member of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations has made it their mission to serve the spiritual needs of those who are Deaf, locally, nationally and around the world. And while they serve Deaf individuals as far away as Ethiopia, LFD’s first and foremost priority is to serve individuals right in their backyard of Long Island.
With a generous grant from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), LFD was able to develop and launch this special program. LFD also teamed up with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), who awarded a grant that funded the development of “Bible Story Books”—a series of 12 written and ASL Bible Stories for children. Using the Bible Story Books as the basis of the VBS curriculum, LFD will bring the Gospel into the lives of children by combining American Sign Language, expressive artwork, the written word and video.
Language and cultural barriers have often left the Deaf population in isolation, especially when it comes to learning the Gospel. Christian Deaf ministries estimate that only 1 percent of Deaf adults will attend a Christian church. Through “Gospel Hands” VBS, as well as other programs and social events, LFD aims to reach hundreds of Deaf individuals on Long Island, greatly increasing the percentage of those who attend an LCMS church and also actively participate in this community.
Advance registration is required to attend the “Gospel Hands” VBS. The program’s hours are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch will be provided and financial scholarships for public transportation are available for those with a demonstrated need. Please visit millneck.org for more details or contact Deaconess Tiffany Manor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-628-4229.
Mill Neck Services
Center for Hearing Health
is celebrating hearing health all month long! Call 516-628-4258 today to reserve your spot at these FREE events.
May 4 & 5
This Mother’s Day, why not give the gift of better hearing?
Free hearing screenings and hearing aid cleaning will be available. Refreshments too!
“Good Neighbor” Days
Hearing screenings open to the community. All ages.
Civil Service Day
Hearing screenings for civil service employees.
The Center for Hearing Health is a full-service adult and pediatric audiology facility. Most insurances accepted.
Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health
40 Frost Mill Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765
Meet Grammy award winning musician Sting and director Trudie Styler at Mill Neck Manor Event
It’s not every day you see the words “music” and “Deafness” paired together in such harmony. Actually, it may sound downright out of place for those who aren’t familiar with Deaf, hard of hearing or special needs populations. Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf has witnessed the astounding effects of music therapy and improved literacy first-hand—and they’re personally inviting you into their world.
On Wednesday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m., the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, along with actress and director Trudie Styler and world-renowned musician Sting, is hosting an exclusive evening called “Rhythm and Reds.” This special event features a wine tasting of vintages from their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, and food pairing to benefit the Mill Neck Manor Music Endowment Fund for children and adults who are Deaf and have other special needs.
When it comes to literacy, Deaf children have the odds stacked against them from the time they are born. Deaf infants begin life in a soundless world with the unimaginable task of trying to make sense of what is happening around them. By school age, most Deaf children’s language skills are significantly behind their hearing peers and the gap tends to widen as time goes by. Mill Neck was pleased to find studies that show music can act as a powerful tool to positively affect oral language development and increase other literacy skills.
“Rhythm and Reds” was launched to foster awareness of the significant connection between music and literacy skills and create continued support of this important educational endeavor. And this remarkable connection extends beyond just the Deaf population. Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center, which consists of 3- and 4-year-old children who have intense communication issues, such as speech/language delays and disorders, cognitive and motor deficits and autism-related disorders, are also profoundly affected by the influence of music and literacy.
The upcoming event will be held at the historic Mill Neck Manor House, a circa 1923, Tudor Revival mansion at 40 Frost Mill Road in Mill Neck. Attendees will partake in a special wine tasting of four vintage red wines: “When We Dance,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Casino delle Vie” and “Sister Moon,” all produced at Il Palagio—Trudie and Sting’s sprawling 865-acre Tuscan estate. The April 2016 issue of Wine Spectator features Trudie and Sting on its cover and a 9-page story on their award-winning wines and beautiful Italian home.
Guests will also enjoy a variety of delectable hors d’oeuvres created by celebrated Long Island chef/restaurateur Tom Schaudel and have opportunities to bid on silent auction items, including a Fender Precision Bass Guitar autographed by Sting; dinner for 10; the evening’s featured wines; an autographed selection of Sting’s albums and much more. Note: online auction bidding begins on Monday, May 16 at 10 a.m.
Tickets for “Rhythm & Reds” are $200 per person. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Nancy Leghart at 516-628-4243 or email@example.com.
You’re invited to an
Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support
Mill Neck Services, Inc.
April 17, 2016 8am-10am
Tickets Cost: $15.00
If you are unable to join us at the breakfast on April 17,
consider making a donation to the event and we will include your name
(as you wish to be listed) in our “Virtual Pancake Stack” on our website.
200 Airport Plaza
East Farmingdale, NY 11735
For more information, please contact Gabrielle Pollard at 516-622-2185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefiting the Mill Neck Family of Organizations
Monday, June 27, 2016
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations will be hosting the annual “Swingin’ Summer Invitational Golf Tournament & Spa Day” to be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Cold Spring Country Club in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. The Tournament will feature many exciting opportunities for golfers. There will be prizes for individuals and teams, opportunities for hole-in-one prizes, a million dollar challenge, putting green contest, raffles and more. Non-golfers can also show their support by indulging in the Spa package or attending the evening’s “Champions Dinner.”
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special needs, through excellence in individually designed educational and vocational programs and services. Advances in technology have allowed us to greater enhance the quality of education and services we offer. Proceeds from this event will help to increase our access to the new and vital technology our organization needs.
We hope you will join us for this exciting event!
Ways to Get Involved:
Why not donate a foursome to your club or a raffle prize to our silent auction?
Please call Nancy Leghart with your raffle prize ideas and donations at (516) 628-4239, email email@example.com or contact any of our committee members:
|Rudolph Auslander||Bill Charon||Nancy Leghart||Frank McIntyre|
|Michael Killian||Maryann Rocchi||Maura Burns||Michelle Yadoo|
|John Mangano||Samantha Hallman||Matthew Pomara|
Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers, spa participants and spa-goers for making the 2015 Swingin’ Summer Golf & Spa event a success!
From March 10-13, the student representatives from Mill Neck Manor competed in the 2016 annual Gallaudet University Northeast Regional Academic Bowl hosted by New York School for the Deaf at Fanwood. The Mill Neck Manor Academic Bowl team received guidance from coaches Rebecca Pilson, and Rose Madera de Farruya. The team had four wins and four losses at the event. Coach Gabrielle Barry, who helped prepare the team through December before she left on maternity leave, came to the regional competition to show support for the team with her beautiful new baby girl. Also present in the audience from Mill Neck Manor, showing much support, was Superintendent Fran Bogdanoff. Both Fran Bogdanoff and Principal Katie Kerzner kept in touch with the team throughout the competition, celebrating the wins and comforting and encouraging the team during the losses.
A Sportsmanship Award is awarded to one team from each pool at the Regional competitions based on a vote of all the players and coaches in the Regional competition. Players and coaches cannot vote for their own team. The Mill Neck Manor Academic Bowl team was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for the Buff Pool. Each coach and player received a small plaque and one large plaque to bring back to the school.
The annual Academic Bowl competition is part of Gallaudet University’s youth programs outreach initiative which aims to provide opportunities for middle and high school students to connect with each other, pursue academic challenges, and experience personal and academic development.
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is pleased to announce the 2016 tour dates for the historic Mill Neck Manor House! The magnificent Tudor Revival mansion, circa 1923, is the former Sefton Manor and is set on an 86-acre estate overlooking Long Island Sound. Sign up for one of our docent-led tours and you’ll discover this exquisite gem tucked away at 40 Frost Mill Road in Mill Neck.
The Sunday tours (offered once a month) at the 34-room mansion will open to the public on April 10. Subsequent tour dates are: May 15, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 23, November 13 and December 4. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and are approximately 90 minutes. Light refreshments, featuring freshly-baked scones and custom-blended hot or iced tea, are served following the tour. Visitors are welcome to browse our gift shop and take a self-guided stroll around the Manor’s formal gardens and grounds.
Advance registration is required, with payment due at sign up. Admission is per person. Adults: $25 / Seniors: $20 / Students (must present ID): $15 / Children 12 and under: $5. More information and online registration may be found at millneckmanorhouse.org. You may also call 516-628-4239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tour proceeds benefit the preservation efforts of Mill Neck Manor House.
Mill Neck Manor is also available for specially arranged tour groups of 10 or more ($20 per person), wedding photography, location shoots, community programs and corporate events. For inquiries contact email@example.com or call 516-628-4243.
Please note the following important information: Sign language interpreters are available for guests who are Deaf provided a request is made in advance. Some areas of the Manor House may be inaccessible on the day of your visit. The mansion is handicap accessible. Smoking and outside food and beverages are not permitted on the premises. No indoor photography. Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No pets allowed.
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations, founded by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf in 1947, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special needs, through excellence in individually-designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services. For more information, please call 516-922-4100 or visit www.millneck.org.
Mill Neck Services Center for Hearing Health will be offering a seminar about CAPTION CALL®. Please come and learn more about it and how you can have it installed in your home at no charge to you.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm
If you are interested in attending, please contact the center at 516-922-4100 ext. 258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your seat.