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Sherri Shepherd Named YAI Network Spokesperson

October 1, 2009

Sherri Shepherd on the Rachael Ray Show!

UPDATE: On Oct. 6, Sherri appeared on the Rachael Ray Show, where she talked about her new role as YAI Network spokesperson, as well as the crucial need for a school for kids aged 6-12 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Thanks for spreading the word, Sherri! To learn more about the school, contact Patricia Donini. Help us make the school a reality!

***The YAI Network has a new spokesperson! Sherri Shepherd, an Emmy-winning co-host of ABC-TV’s “The View,” has enthusiastically agreed to help spread the YAI Network’s mission to a wider audience. Sherri knows first-hand about how vital our services are — her son receives services the New York League for Early Learning. She is eager to help us spread public awareness about the needs and abilities of people with developmental disabilities.

“YAI is a place where they care, they love, they nurture and they want to keep doing it,” Sherri said.

Sherri’s new book, “Permission Slips: A Woman’s Guide to Giving Herself a Break,” came out on Oct. 5, the same day her new show “Sherri” premiered on the Lifetime TV. We are honored that she will be spreading the word about our goals and mission, as well as the importance of the services we provide. Sherri will also be a guest speaker at this year’s sold-out 52nd Annual Benefit for Hope Gala, on Nov. 18, 2009.

As our spokesperson, Sherri has also spread the word to her friends: At this year’s Gala, our Master of Ceremonies will be Whoopi Goldberg, the moderator of “The View.” Whoopi is one of an elite group of actors who have won Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards. This year’s Gala promises to be the biggest yet, with Henry Schein, Inc. and Frank Crystal and Company being honored for their commitment to supporting the work of the YAI Network. Dr. Joel M. Levy will also be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

We’re grateful to both Whoopi and Sherri for helping make this year’s Gala a great success. Join us!

Visit Sherri’s Web site to learn more about her and her new book!