ACHIEVE Celebrates 60 Years

By Michelle Costanza

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) ACHIEVE held it's annual dinner dance Friday night. This year, they also had a milestone 60th anniversary to celebrate.

The Binghamton University Events Center was transformed into a formal dining room to host the event.

Hundreds of people dressed their best to socialize, enjoy a fancy meal, and dance the night away.

Mary Jo Thorn, Chief Executive Officer of ACHIEVE, expressed just how important the dinner dance is.

"The individuals that we serve look forward to this event, they're asking when it's going to be the day after we have it each year, and it's their night to shine and celebrate," she said.

An awards ceremony was held after dinner to recognize businesses and individuals who have helped to significantly improve the lives of residents with disabilities. Among those awarded was Assemblyman Clifford Crouch.

"What I do is nothing compared to what these people do on a daily basis," said Crouch.

In 1952, ten families began the ACHIEVE organization, as a means to provide educational services and support to disabled children. An announcement was made that these families will soon be recognized in a memorial garden at the Cutler Pond ACHIEVE facility.