The Vernon Rotary Club presented the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) with a $3,400 contribution. These funds were raised through the Club’s Third Annual Fall Golf Classic, held at Berkshire Valley Golf Course in October.

DPD is a nonprofit, Catholic Charities Agency that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DPD operates four group homes and the Gruenert Center Vocational Day program in Jefferson Township. The newest program, Giuliano House, opened in December of 2015 on Weldon Road.

“Thank you to the Vernon Rotary Club. My life is great and DPD is a great place to live,” said Robert, who lives at Alexander House in Jefferson. Robert attended the check presentation ceremony with DPD Development Director Chris Brancato and Anthony Iovine another Alexander House resident.

“It was fitting that Rotary presented us with a contribution on Giving Tuesday, a day in which special awareness is given to causes like ours. We are very fortunate to have support from Rotary and other service organizations who make a difference in the lives of many. We would like to thank the golf committee, including chairman Walter Fay, who worked tirelessly to make this event a success,” said Chris Brancato, DPD Development Director.

“It was great to work with DPD.  We plan to support them for many years and will take this event to new heights next year. They are a world class organization who help many people in Jefferson and beyond. Please support our cause and join us for next year’s event when we return to Berkshire Valley,” said Walter Fay, event Chairman.

To learn more about DPD and how you can get involved visit

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