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Join us for an unforgettable evening

For more information or to reserve your place, contact 845.485.9803 ext. 394 or info@abilitiesfirstny.org.

Join Abilities First for an unforgettable evening at Heritage Food + Drink in Wappingers Falls featuring Soulsystem Orchestras, a farm-to-table but globally influenced progressive dinner, handcrafted cocktails, interactive experiences, silent auction and more! The ABILITIES FIRST SIGNATURE EVENT is the not to be missed nightclub-themed event of the year, celebrating the mission of Abilities First and the 2018 honorees.

Highlights include:

  • Soulsystem Orchestras, an 11-piece band will return to provide their signature high-energy entertainment lead by Rob Affuso.
  • Illusionist Chris Dare will interact with guests throughout the evening. A Hudson Valley native, has performed for thousands of people around the world combining magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship.

Your contribution will make an impact on 1,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Hudson Valley. A portion of your ticket is tax-deductible.

For more information or to reserve your place, contact 845.485.9803 ext. 394 or info@abilitiesfirstny.org.

2018 Abilities First Honorees

2018 Commitment to Community Award

2018 Volunteers of the Year Award


(subject to change)
6 to 7 pm Hospitality Hour, Cocktails, Toast the 2018 Honorees
7 to 10 pm Progressive dining, interactive entertainment experiences, cigar lounge, live music and more! Silent Auction, Mystery Gift Raffle, Caribbean Vacation Raffle Ticket Sales


$225* Per Person Pre-sale (August 1 – September 30, 2018)

$250** Per Person (Starting October 1, 2018)

*$75/**$100 of your contribution tax-deductible

All proceeds from the 2018 Signature Event will benefit the services and programs of Abilities First.

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The 2018 Signature Event Online Auction is open!

The Signature Event Auction will run from October 4, 2018 and end at 9 p.m. on October 19, 2018.

Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to sports and entertainment memorabilia.

Thirty items to choose from including:

  • Monticello Motor Club Track Experience
  • St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia Vacation
  • Week Stay at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort
  • Signed NY Giants Super Bowl Photo by Eli Manning
  • Pearl Necklace

Please note, there will be no paper bid sheets at the event. Bids will only be accepted online and via mobile bidding. Register now for a BiddingForGood account and save time at the Signature Event!

The Signature Event Online Auction is sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

Dress code

Fun, festive cocktail attire

2018 Signature Event Raffle

Enjoy a 7 night stay for 2 at St. James's Club & Villas, Antigua

$25 Each Ticket or 5 for $100

Experience a private 100-acre tropical peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis. Enjoy two white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, spa, nightly entertainment and more.

As part of the prize, Abilities First is including the all-inclusive supplement of $125 for two people for 7 nights. Total value of prize is approx. $5,350.

The resort certificate is valid for 3 rooms, double occupancy for 7 to 9 nights accommodation. The all-inclusive supplement fee of $125 + tax, per person/per night provides all dining, all beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges and gratuities. AF is not responsible for airfare, additional government taxes, all-inclusive supplement fees for additional people, and peak season surcharges. Reservations are subject to availability, some restrictions apply. Resort certificate expires 12.20.20.

Tickets sold until 10 p.m. on 10.19.18. Raffle drawn 10.22.18. Winner need not be present to win and will be notified. See full prize details.


Rifton Products for life from people who care

Hospitality Hour

Page Management Group logo.


Rose & Kiernan logo.

Out on the town


Stenger Roberts Davis & Diamond LLP


Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC

Speciality tasting

Petro Home Services

Valet parking

Evening takeway

Monticello Motor Club


TEG Federal Credit Union

Online Auction

Ulster Savings

In-kind media


VIP Experience Pass

Ralph V. Ellis Insurance Agency


Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, RL Baxter Building Corp., St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, McCabe & Mack LLP, MidHudson Regional Hospital, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Molloy Pharmacy Medical Arts, Williams Lumber And Home Centers


Adams Fairacre Farms, DocuWare Corporation, DRG Search, Healey Brothers, Media Solstice, Momentum Advertising & Design, Nationwide, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Robert Green, Vector Security, Wagner Technical Services, Inc., Wells Fargo

Club Pass+

Cellular Sales of New York

Virtual Journal

Arnoff Moving & Storage, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Kinetech, LaMere Clothing & Goods, Premier Medical Group of the HV, William G. Miller Funeral Home