For Immediate Release: October 18, 2019
Contact: Mary Simpson, Development and Marketing Manager
The Gloria J. Parks Community Center to receive the Eugene T. Reville Award Service to Education
from EPIC – Every Person Influences Children
BUFFALO (NY) - EPIC – Every Person Influences Children is delighted to announce that the Eugene T. Reville Award for Service to Education has been awarded to The Gloria J. Parks Community Center. EPIC established the award to recognize schools or agencies whose work enriches school by engaging families in the education of their children. Gloria J. Parks Community Center sponsors the exemplary 21st Century After School Program.
“If it takes a village, then the expansive after school programming, managed by the dedicated staff at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center is the town square”, said Tara N. Burgess, executive director of EPIC. “We are pleased to honor this great, committed organization.”
“We are grateful to have such a strong partner in EPIC. We are aligned with EPIC with the vision of how essential it is to partner with families in order to meet our children’s educational needs, and help our parents overcome the complex difficulties of raising children in the 21st century”, stated Michael Tritto, Associate Director of Operations and Human Services at Gloria J. Parks Community Center. “With strong partners, our program helps kids bridge the gap between school and home, making learning fun and relevant experientially, socially, and cognitively.”
The 21st Century After School Program serves 175 children in grades K – 8. The program offers children academic enrichment, arts, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM), health, technology, social/emotional development exercises, college and career awareness, and athletics.
EPIC Heroes Gala Reception Thursday, November 7, 2019
The Gloria J. Parks Community Center and other EPIC heroes will be celebrated at the EPIC Heroes Awards Reception on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Atrium @ Rich’s. Major event sponsors include Baillie Lumber Co. L.P. and BlueCross BlueShield. Co-Chairs of the event are Dr. Thomas E. and Susanna Schenk, BlueCross BlueShield and Craig and Lisa Spencer, Rich Products. More information or to purchase tickets visit us at www.epicforchildren.org
Other awardees include:
Sandra B. Rifkin, Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary H. Gresham, Ph.D., Robert L. Wilson Award for Exceptional Service and Leadership
Raul Vasquez, M.D., Robert M. Bennett Award for Service to Community
State Farm, William B. Hoyt Award for Service to Families
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children’s mission is to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC provides year-round programming in Parenting Education, which includes Ready, Set, Parent! (offering support and solutions for parents of newborns), parenting classes for parents of young children, and young adolescents; Families in Transition (helping individuals facing challenges reach their full potential as parents); and Just for Teens (enhancing the skills and confidence of pregnant and parenting teens) and Family Engagement in Education, encouraging early literacy and building parents' capacity to become more actively involved in their children's education, through programs such as Ready, Set, Read! (developing family literacy and early intervention for children's academic success); and Storytime (fun family literacy-based event). For more information about EPIC, please visit www.epicforchildren.org
Robert Wilson, EPIC founder
EPIC was founded by Robert Wilson after his wife, Linda, was murdered by a 15-year-old boy, a neighbor, in 1977. Through his sorrow, Wilson wanted to know why. He explored the boy’s past to find a child who had been abused, neglected, and shuffled between 11 different foster homes. The child’s life was filled with loss, violence and anger; absent was acceptance and love.
The tragic death of his wife, Linda, inspired Wilson to dedicate the “rest of my years” to prevent such heartbreak. His vision created EPIC in 1980, committed to uniting home, school and community to help children become responsible and successful adults.