PULASKI – Parents of Special Children, Inc. again hosted its annual barbecue at Douglaston Manor in Pulaski on Sept. 6.
This is the fifth annual backyard barbecue hosted by the Barclay family and has become a tradition for many area families who benefit from services provided by Parents of Special Children, Inc., a local service and social network organization for families that have children with special needs.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations donated facilities, talent, food and entertainment for children with special needs to create an enjoyable day.
A highlight of the day were the agility dogs from en-Tice-ing Agility.
Jill Tice and individuals enrolled in her agility classes volunteered their time to showcase their dogs’ agility skills.
Children were able to see the dogs in action and to pet and love some beautiful animals.
Kids were able to try hands-on learning toys through the displays by the Children’s Museum of Oswego.
Other highlights included music, food, drinks, dancing, bouncy slide, face painting, and arts and crafts.
About 150 people took part in the event.
Organizers said children and their families had the opportunity to enjoy the day together.
Theresa Familo, coordinator at Parents of Special Children, Inc. and an organizer of the event, said she was pleased so many turned out to enjoy the barbecue.
“The barbecue was another great success. Seeing all those smiling faces and seeing everyone come together to enjoy the music, food, art and activities, I am reminded once again of all who help to make the PSC a great organization. I am grateful for all of the community members and businesses who make this event possible. I am especially grateful to our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, as well as Assemblyman (Will) Barclay, who have committed to our organization for the last five years and always hosted this annual barbecue. I’m grateful for our board of directors and the whole community who understand and support our mission,” said Familo.
“Both DeeDee and I are pleased to be able to host the Parents of Special Children, Inc. barbecue for the fifth year in a row. It’s a pleasure each year to see all of these kids and families enjoy themselves and wonderful to see all of the community volunteers who all work to provide a special day. The PSC does a great job in reaching out with services and support. We are pleased to help the families just have fun together,” said H. Douglas Barclay, former U.S. Ambassador and host of the backyard barbecue.
Assemblyman Will Barclay said he was glad to see people enjoying themselves.
“Every year, I’m glad to be a part of this event. I love to see the families and the kids play and be entertained. Our community should be proud of the great support network found in the PSC that so many families have benefitted from,” said Barclay.
Organizers of the event included Roy Clark of Dunkin’ Donuts, Assemblyman Barclay and his staff, and Chris Nelson of State Farm Insurance.
Doug and Deedee Barclay hosted the barbecue.
Several other agencies and individuals made the event possible and included Fulton Companies, Empower Federal Credit Union, Roy Clark with Dunkin’ Donuts, Chris Nelson with State Farm Insurance, Barlow’s Concession, Jill Tice with En-Tice-ing Agility, Half-Shire Historical Society, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, Ringgold Fire Company, SUNY Oswego volunteers, Girl Scout Troop #10043 Baldwinsville, facepainting by Mexico High School art students, Dan and Sylvia Krupke, Pepsico Mid America and Coca-Cola.
For more information about Parents of Special Children, Inc., please call Familo at (315) 598-7672.