UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On September 30th, at the Redeemer Church in Utica, there will be fun for the whole family – including bounce houses, carnival food, games, music, and more.

“This is Better Together’s second community and fun night that we host, hopefully annually, for families with special needs people and disabilities of all ages, said Kathy Caruso, Lead Facilitator at Better Together.

“And we open it up to the community so that our individuals can come out for a night – totally free.”

And not only is this night filled with family fun, but it’s also a great networking opportunity.

“We bring in agencies that serve our individuals with initiatives and support services that they offer, and this year, we are blessed to partner with The Kelberman Center,” said Caruso.

This collaboration came to be, thanks to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Robert Maciol worked with Kathy and “Better Together” on their Autism Awareness Month initiative back in April. So when it came time to run this event, they thought it would be a great idea to connect The Kelberman Center to make it even better.

“The sheriff and I have worked together for years, and so him also co-sponsoring this event is so important because really if it wasn’t for the sheriff, we wouldn’t have been able to bring this partnership collectively together,” said Tara Costello, Executive Director of The Kelberman Center.

“So, I do want to say thank you to the sheriff’s department for bringing Kathy and I together to be able to collectively do this event,” she said.

Again, this event is happening, Friday, September 30th from 4 to 8 PM right at Redeemer Church in Utica, so be sure to stop by and check it out.