Annual fundraiser held to benefit Center for Disability Services

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A benefit concert was held Friday night to support a gardening program at a local non-profit that helps those with disabilities as well as their families.

The Center for Disability Services was established 73 years ago. It was founded by seven families who made a commitment to bettering their community.  On Friday, the annual “Rocking From the Heart” benefit was held at the Texas Saloon.

Funds raised at the benefit concert go toward maintaining the center’s greenhouse as well as buying other necessary resources vital to the “Gardening From the Heart” program.

“Gardening is relaxing, and it’s fun,” center spokesperson Anne Schneider Costigan said. “Our adult participants work very hard, and it’s nice for them to go out and really enjoy an activity in the sunshine, in the greenhouse, and around gardening. It’s a lot of fun for them.”

There are around 100 participants in the gardening program, which has also partnered with the Men’s Gardening Club of Albany to widen the scope and make deeper connections with the community.

“The Center for Disability Services has been built on the community’s support,” Schneider Costigan said. “We are very fortunate because we just continue to see that support grow.”

The music on Friday ranged from country to rock, which kept everyone in a groove. And the musicians played from their hearts to benefit the organization as music is an universal language.

“We think it’s a great organization helping those around the area with mental and physical disabilities,” David Gordon of the Funkalicious Band said. “We are just happy to help.”

To get involved or donate, visit http://cfdsny.org/

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