ACES Education Foundation celebrated their 14th Annual Gala on March 23, 2017 at WOODWINDS in Branford.  This year, the foundation raised a record breaking $108,000. 

The ACES Education Foundation exists to support the educational purposes of ACES; advance ACES educational programs, plans, and goals; educate the public about ACES mission and the services ACES offers; and raise funds on behalf of ACES in order to support its programs and enable it to carry out programs and activities not otherwise possible.

ACES was proud to honor the following companies at this year's event:


National Paper and Supply Company has been servicing Connecticut’s restaurants, factories, schools, and municipalities for 30 years. A wholesale distributor, located in West Haven, offers a wide array of products ranging from foodservice disposables, janitorial maintenance supplies, and industrial packaging products.  Their success is a result of their commitment to excellent service, and part of that commitment is building relationships with their contractors, vendors, and customers. They view these relationships as partnerships with one goal in mind, and that is to make every experience with NAPSco highly satisfying. Their 30-year relationship with ACES accentuates that partnership by making NAPSco achieve its goal while giving an opportunity to individuals to reach theirs.


ACES Coordinator of Work Services, Gene Crocco and honorees Michael Barnard and Joe Martino from NAPSco

as well as three outstanding ACES Alumni:

Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is an accomplished, award-winning artist and advocate for people with disabilities.  In the face of a diagnosis of cerebral palsy at birth, with the support of her family and a natural desire to defy the odds, Michelle embarked upon a life journey of determination and commitment that constantly pushes boundaries.  The most notable example of this occurred on graduation day when Michelle received a high school diploma from North Haven and ACES.  After graduation, she successfully completed several college courses at Southern Connecticut State University.  She later studied art at the DaVinci Project in Richmond, VA and Art Enables in Washington, D.C.  Today, she owns her own business, Right On Art (, where she sells her original paintings, prints, and photography.  Her art has won awards and has been featured in many locations along the east coast.  For six years, she served on the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities and held the position of Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.  She is a member of the Connecticut Cross-Disability Lifespan Alliance, and she is a recent graduate of the Connecticut Partners in Policymaking program.  Michelle resides in Manchester with her mother.

ACES Foundation Board Member Judy Terrill and honoree Michelle Johnson




The 2017 campaign is delighted to share that thanks to a generous challenge grant from Brown & Brown Insurance, and the support of friends and colleagues, the ACES Foundation raised over $10,000 to support our 2017 Fund-a-Need initiative in literacy and communications.

The ACES Education Foundation launched it’s Fund-A-Need appeal last year.  Fund-A-Need raised close to $8,000 during the 2016 Lucky 13 Gala to support literacy and communications in ACES schools.  Watch the video below to see our 2016 fund-a-need grants in action.



The 2017 Gala was sponsored by:

Diamond Sponsors

 Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors 


Louis and Cheryl Saloom

Silver Sponsors 

Thomas Danehy
Jeffrey & Pam Ryan
Peter & Judith Young

Bronze Sponsors 

Friends of the Foundation

Abco The Paperman
Barnick’s Truck Equipment
James Barber
Claudette Beamon
Lynn Campo
Ralph & Marlene Camputaro
Alicia Clapp
Colonial Business Forms
Consumers Interstate Corporation
Gene and Ingrid Crocco

Gail Donovan
Gina Drury
Fuss & O’Neill Enviroscience
Mary Gillette
Roberta Leonard
Frank Mucciacciaro, Jr.
Lisa Mucciacciaro
Janis Panagrossi
Progressive Benefit Solutions
Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan

Jenn Santarcangelo
Elaine Sein
Ted & Barbara Sergi
Todd Solli
State Street Café
Virginia Tagliatela
Robert Tatham
Wanda Wagner
Karen DuBois-Walton & Kevin Walton

The ACES Education Foundation exists to support the educational purposes of ACES; advance ACES educational programs, plans and goals; educate the public about ACES mission and the services ACES offers; and raise funds on behalf of ACES in order to support its programs and enable it to carry out programs and activities not otherwise possible.

Special Thanks to:

Canon Business Solution - Program Sponsor
Colonial Business Forms - Print Sponsor
Connecticut Business Systems - A/V Smart Boards
New Haven Magazine - Media Sponsor
Petals 2 Go Florist - Centerpiece Sponsor
Sav-Rite Liquors - Wine
Untapped Resources - Graphic Design