Arc of Seneca Cayuga will be honoring the first two individuals who will be memorialized on the ‘Carlo Frappolli Distinguished Service Honorees’ wall.
Donna Augustine, Speech Pathologist at Arc for 27 years and lifelong advocate for children and for people with developmental disabilities, and Rob Gould, former staff, tireless self-advocate, member of the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department and community volunteer, will be honored on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:30 pm at 1083 Waterloo-Geneva Road in Waterloo. Both Donna and Rob passed away unexpectedly in July 2016. All are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception, where people can share their memories.
The ‘Distinguished Service Honorees Wall’ was established in honor of Carlo Frappolli, longtime member of the agency’s board of directors, to recognize an individual’s enduring dedication to Arc of Seneca Cayuga, the mission to which it is committed, and the people that Arc supports.
Frappolli’s history with the agency goes back to the early 1970’s when he and his wife, Laura joined other parents to begin the process to establish a NYSARC, Inc. Chapter in Seneca County. Prior to that, the Frappolli’s young son, Joey, born with developmental disabilities, had to travel out of the area in order to receive any services.
Through the exhaustive efforts of this small group of parents, the Seneca Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. was established in 1976. From those early years, Carlo remained involved and dedicated to the agency until his passing in 2014. His service on the board was instrumental in the successful merger of Seneca ARC with Cayuga County ARC in 1997. Frappolli also served on the NYSARC, Inc. Board of Governors for several years. (Laura volunteered whenever she was needed until her passing several years ago.)
Carlo’s influence on the agency will be felt for years to come. His involvement helped to open doors to a world of opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in Seneca and Cayuga Counties. His guiding force was always Joey, who is employed through Arc’s vocational program at G.W. Lisk, Inc. in Clifton Springs. In 2014, Joey received an award from G.W. Lisk, Inc. for sharing his idea on how to improve production of a certain product, a rarity at Lisk and something that would have been impossible forty years ago.
For more information, please contact Anne Ventura, Coordinator of Community Relations for Arc, at 315-856-8152.