The 2019 Jane and Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament was our biggest fundraiser yet, raising more than $44,000 to benefit Prevention 1st.
This year 104 golfers turned out, with 144 people attending the post-tournament dinner at Midvale Country Club. Harvey Bunis and Scott Rogoff were our outstanding MCs for the dinner program.
to our winning golfers:
1st Place Men’s (59): Eric Koehler, Joel Chiarenza, Zachary Buschner, Ryan
1st Place Mixed (70): Tom Marletta, Chuck
Marletta, Jason Warner, Darlene Tool
Closest to the Pin # 4 (Men): Michael Pattison, 3’2”
Closest to the Pin # 4 (Women): Shelley VanLare, 28’01”
Closest to the Line #7 (Men): Michael Cimino
Closest to the Line #7 (Women): Heidi Burke
#2,3 Birdie (3,4) Jared Dinaburg, Cliff White, Scott Chase, Griffin Byrns
#10 Eagle (3) Scott Rogoff, Brett Rogoff
#13 Birdie (2) Peter Cook, David Cook, Kyle Bennett, Ed Cook
to all of our golfers and attendees, and to Midvale Country Club for their outstanding service and support.
special thanks to our 2019 Golf Committee: Co-chairs
Jessica Holly and Michael Chatwin; Harvey Bunis; Molly
Clifford; Jack Dinaburg; Kristin Fulford; Rick Glazer;Eric Koehler; Stewart Moscov; David Pelusio; Sarabeth
Rogoff; Scott Rogoff, and Joan Updaw.
DiCaro & Barak, LLC
& Jack Dinaburg
Products Company, Inc.
& David Pelusio
DiCaro & Barak, LLC
S. Bunis, Esq.
for Joseph Robach
Cole & Daryl Sharp
Disabilities Giving Circle
& Dreste LLP
Chief John Caufield and Susan Walz
American Title Insurance Company
Rochester Health Foundation
Financial Services, LLC
& Three Ladies
Metzger Barr & Co, LLP
Pizzeria at the Brighton Pub
Area Community Foundation
& Brett Rogoff
Rutty and Co.
Insurance Marketplace Agency
Special Needs Planning
Schubel Meier Elder Law
Webster Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc.
Sheryl Watts, a Safe at Home trainer for Prevention 1st, sees firsthand the positive effect the program has on individuals and their families
Recently she worked with
Christopher, a young man who lives with his parents and was excited every week
about what he was learning. And he loved sharing his knowledge, often saying at
the end of his session with Sheryl: “I can’t wait for Dad to come home so I can
teach him this!”
His excitement rose
highest at the final session, when he was able to perform all the safety
techniques he’d learned without prompting. When Sheryl told him he was
officially graduated and would get a certificate, his reveled in his accomplishment: “I can’t believe I did that!”
Safe at Home trainers all have a fire safety background. Sheryl also works full-time at Lifetime Assistance, where she is in charge of fire safety. Each training starts with an assessment of any fire hazards in the home, and for this Sheryl often teams up with another trainer who has experience as a firefighter.
At the first session she also assesses the current fire safety knowledge of the person being trained. Then in 30-45 minute in-home weekly sessions, Sheryl teaches them about cooking safety, identifying fire hazards, locating and testing smoke alarms, exiting when the alarm goes off, and calling 9-1-1. Each week the previous week’s lessons are also reviewed.
Training may last from 3
weeks to 8 weeks depending on the person’s knowledge at the beginning and how
well they retain new knowledge. At the end of each of Christopher’s sessions,
Sheryl talked about what he had learned with his mother, who worked with him
between weekly sessions.
“Actually practicing the
techniques is important,” explains Sheryl. “Christopher learned how to exit his
bedroom safely if the alarm goes off:
test the door using the back of the hand, take a cell phone and shoes, and
if the door is hot how to block smoke from under the door and go to the window
to signal for help”.
Safe at Home is customized
to the individual. Sheryl has worked with one young woman with autism who
wasn’t very verbal. So they made picture
cards together and then used them as part of learning.
“I’d ask ‘There’s a noise
going off, what could that be?’ And she’d point to the alarm, “ Sheryl
explains. “We’d lay out the cards in a
sequence showing what might make the alarm go off—fire—and what we should do
All of Sheryl’s trainees
have one thing in common: “They really want
to learn, and to be safe.”
Seeing the sense of
accomplishment they get from their achievements is very rewarding for Sheryl.
So is their determination to apply what they’ve learned. For example, at the
beginning of his training Christopher could find the smoke alarm but didn’t
know how to test it. Sheryl demonstrated the test button and they discussed how
important it is that the alarm is always working. Now Christopher is looking
forward to testing those alarms–with his father–every month.
Even if you don’t golf,
the Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st
is the place to be September 16! Silent auction items available at the
post-tournament dinner at Midvale Country Club include a trip to Hawaii, a
60-inch television, and golf packages for Irondequoit, Midvale, Brooklea and Seneca
Hickory Stick golf courses.
Also at the dinner, the winner will be drawn from
the raffle tickets now on sale for a trip for two to Hilton Head’s iconic Harbour Town Golf
Club. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will support the Prevention 1st
Safe at Home scholarship fund, providing customized in-home safety training to
people with developmental disabilities.
Tickets for “dinner only” are available. Download the 2019 tournament brochure.
Safe at Home, which provides in-home safety
assessment and training to reduce the risks of fire and injury in the home, was
introduced to many parents, caregivers, teens and adults with intellectual and
development disabilities at the recent Next Steps conference sponsored by
AutismUp. The conference focused on transitioning to an adult life and living
“The people who stopped by
our booth said they had never encountered anything like Safe at Home
before, and they seemed very impressed,” Safe at Home trainer Bob Crandall reported.
“One person also thought it would be good for her elderly mother who still
All second-graders in Milwaukee Public Schools will be learning lessons from Prevention 1st’s Before the Fire: Prevention Works curriculum as part of their Learning Journeys. The free program includes lesson plans with learning objectives, activities, and links to resources.
Learning Journeys are beyond-the-classroom learning experiences. As part of theirs, more than 5,000 second-graders from 133 elementary schools will attend the Milwaukee Fire Departments Education Center’s Survive Alive House.
“The lessons in Before
the Fire: Prevention Works! will be excellent to use prior to and after
their Learning Journey”, said Michelle Wade, Learning Journeys Coordinator.
The free Before the Fire program was created by educators and fire safety experts to provide effective fire safety lesson plans for teachers, preschool and day care providers, parents and caregivers to teach children about fire, fire prevention, and escaping a fire.
In summer we all tend to kick
back and relax the rules a bit. It’s a great time of year, but to keep it safe
there are still a few rules worth keeping:
Always watch children when they’re in or near water. Pool Safely, a campaign launched by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to reduce childhood drownings, recommends designating an adult Water Watcher to supervise children in the water, even where there’s also a lifeguard. Watching should be their only task – they shouldn’t be reading, texting or playing games on their phone.
Looking for a game to keep young children occupied? Help Mikey Make It Out is a fun, interactive game that teaches life-saving home escape lessons. They can also read the storybook Mikey Makes a Mess online, in English or Spanish.
Leave fireworks to the pros, even where they’re legal. Here’s why.
While your fireplace isn’t getting used, call to schedule an annual chimney cleaning.
As cooking moves outside, enforce a “3-Foot Rule” just as you do for the stove. Keep children and pets at least three feet from the fire.
Summer is peak season for wildfires. Check the predicted risk for the area where you live (or plan to visit) here, and always stay tuned to local weather and news.
Find more tips about safe use of campfires, outdoor grills and firepits at flickitsafely.com.
Summer fun activities can get chaotic. To prevent falls, make sure you wipe up spills promptly, and remind everyone to pick up clutter, which can be a tripping hazard–especially toys. Get more fall prevention tips.
Wear a bike helmet, and make sure you and your children know the rules of the road.
In August 2018, the Rochester community experienced a sudden loss with the passing of Stephen D. Rogoff. Known for his compassion, humanity, and great ability to connect with others, Stephen was a tremendous friend to Prevention 1st. He co-founded the organization’s first major fund raiser–a Golf Tournament held at Midvale Country Club in 2013—including recruiting a committee, approaching local businesses to donate prizes, and obtaining dozens of tee sponsors.
In honor and memory of
the positive impact that Stephen Rogoff had on so many, his children — Scott, Brett and Robyn — along with their families and the Prevention 1st
Board of Directors have established the Stephen and Arlayne Rogoff Scholarship
Fund. Each year, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two recipients who
best demonstrate Stephen’s empathetic and actionable character.
application requires an essay outlining the candidate’s personal experience
with a preventable injury or in-home danger and their plans to generate
awareness or educate others on such risks. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you should like to
honor Stephen’s memory or support this scholarship with a donation, click here to make an
Mail checks, payable to
Rochester Area Community Foundation (with Rogoff Scholarship in the Memo Line)
to 500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
When third-grader Audrey Mathews won first prize for her age group in the Prevention 1st 2018/19 Fire Safety Poster Contest, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with her $50 prize money: she donated it to support her school district’s therapy dog.
Audrey’s parents say she has a love of service and therapy animals because they help keep people calm in emergencies. Audrey’s winning poster delivers a crucial message about responding when the smoke alarm goes off: “Don’t scream, don’t shout, keep calm and get out.”
As part of Audrey’s prize,
her classroom at Scribner Road Elementary School also received a $200 gift
certificate for art supplies.