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Special Sweets finds a home at Nassau BOCES

Group of happy people holding a large red ribbon
Nassau BOCES Board members, administrators, local legislators, Special Sweets with their families, were on hand for the special ribbon cutting welcoming the nonprofit to the Nassau BOCES George Farber Administrative Center in Garden City.

Nassau BOCES recently welcomed the nonprofit Special Sweets, operating under their nonprofit A Special Place for Me, to its kitchen at the George Farber Administrative Center in Garden City. A commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the new collaboration. Nassau BOCES administrators, Board members, local elected officials and the Special Sweets team and their families were on hand for the special ceremony, which featured the organization’s delicious cupcakes.

“We are so blessed to have this facility to not only expand their vocational skills, but also give them additional learning opportunities,” said Special Sweets founder Patty Castrogiovanni. “They work so hard, and love what they do, and they truly deserve this.”

Special Sweets supports, educates and empowers individuals with autism. Their cupcakes are baked by a diverse group of seven young adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities, working alongside ABA/Life Skills Instructors. Special Sweets aims to give its “cupcake crew” viable employment and social opportunities through their love of baking and selling cupcakes. They flour to empower. They have been together for over 15 years and had been working out of Patty’s Westbury home’s kitchen.  Now, Nassau BOCES will provide Special Sweets with much needed kitchen space and establish its first Cupcake Café.

“One of our project managers brought Patty’s story to our attention and we immediately thought of how we could make this work,” said Anthony Fierro, Nassau BOCES Facilities Services Department Executive Director. “We’re excited to have Special Sweets in our building and to give these young adults a place to hone their baking skills. Our goal is to broaden our relationship and provide an opportunity for some of our Nassau BOCES students within our Special Education and culinary programs to join the crew for baking lessons. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Create Hope, an organization that helps children in need with a focus on smaller charities that don’t get big ticket donations, presented Special Sweets with a check for $10,000 at the ribbon cutting.

For more information about Special Sweets and how to order their delicious cupcakes, visit: