AHA's Annual Abby Irwin Family Picnic
Saturday, June 10
Rain Date, Sunday, June 11
Hills County Park, Melville
People travel from far and wide to attend this annual
event for the entire family. It's a day of games, food
and socializing for everyone. There is no charge
for this event but you must RSVP! AHA/AS/PDD
provides the burgers, hot dogs, charcoal, dessert and
family is asked to bring a salad, side dish, or fruit
dish (No sweets)
a monetary donation of $25 minimum per family
teens and adult individuals on the spectrum are welcome
individually or with family members.
To RSVP for the picnic, send an e-mail
516.223.0174 or 631.331.5114
- how many adults, and
- how many children will be in your group, and
- please give us three choices of what you would like to bring
- registration deadline is June 3, 2006.
is available at nearby Sweet Hollow Stables. The fee
is $30 for a one hour ride. If you are interested let
us know in your registration email or call.
Northern State Parkway to exit 40 (Route 110) South.
Make first right onto Old Country Road. Make first right
onto Sweet Hollow Road. Go under parkway and straight
ahead at the intersection. Picnic ground is on the right
about a 1/4 mile past the intersection.
Fee $2.00 per car.
The Annual Picnic
by Pat Long
A number of years ago, Abby Irwin came to one of my support meetings. I felt her energy and purpose right away. She was so family oriented and dedicated to finding every avenue that could lead to improving the life of her son Jon, who was diagnosed with AS. Over the course of time, Abby and I became close and she expressed the desire to contribute whatever she could to further the success of our group.
One of the things all parents want is the opportunity
to meet families and children like our own. Abby and
I thought it would be great if we could provide a format
where that could happen. Support meetings were GREAT
but we needed something more. That is where the inspiration
for our annual picnic came from. Abby loved the idea
and ran with it. She found a great park, and with her
former catering connections she created a most wonderful
experience for everyone who attended. In the beginning,
Abby would send me a list - and an endless one that
of all the local merchants who were willing to donate
food, snacks, veggies, seafood, toys, paper goods and
anything else you could imagine to make for a successful
picnic. I would run around all over Riverhead and local
towns to pick up the donations. It was quite overwhelming
to see the love and generosity that was generated by
Abby and her charisma.
The picnic became the most profound experience of the families who attended and at the center of it all was Abby. Everyone came to see and meet this incredibly dynamic woman.
The picnic has become a hallmark of our group and we
owe it all to the phenomenal energy and family dedication
of our beloved Abby Irwin.
Through her efforts families have bonded, young people
on the spectrum have made lasting friendships, siblings
have found special connections and memories have been
created that will stay with all of us who have had the
special experience of being at those picnics with Abby
and her family.
I thought it important for you to
know where it all came from, and why we dedicate this
annual picnic to Abby.