PORT HENRY - Mountain Lake Services marked the 60th anniversary of the agency's parent organization, NYSARC, Inc. recently.
Highlighting the ceremony was a four-mile walk from Essex Industries in Mineville and a one-mile walk from Moriah Central School to the Helen F. McDonald Center in Port Henry.
NYSARC began in 1949 with two mothers who were looking to establish a day nursery for their young children who were diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The women's advertisement in the New York Post generated more than 200 responses.
Together with many other families, they advocated for the recognition of their children's capabilities, rights and needs. Since that time, NYSARC, Inc. and its 55 chapters have helped to raise awareness and lobbied for legislation that promotes equal rights, dignity and full citizenship for the individuals served.
To mark the occasion, Mountain Lake Services invited individuals supported through NYSARC Chapters in neighboring Clinton, Franklin and Hamilton counties along with family, friends and community members to continue to advocate for NYSARC, Inc.
More than 200 people participated to show their support for NYSARC, Inc.. The event culminated with a reception overlooking Lake Champlain.
Mountain Lake Services is a non-profit human service organization that has been providing services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Essex County for over 30 years.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to programs such as the agency's Early Childhood Intervention Program which provides services to children from birth to age five in a primarily home-based environment.