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2011: Spectrum Designs Begins

July 1, 2011

2011: Spectrum Designs Begins

The sudden and unfortunate passing of Paul C. Kitsos opened the door for his family to leave a legacy in his name. Named after his one and only child, the Nicholas Center for Autism was born, along with its employment initiative, Spectrum Designs Foundation. Co-founders Stella Spanakos, Nicole Sugrue and…

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2012: New Location

June 14, 2012

2012: New Location

Spectrum grows to offer more than 10 teens with autism gainful employment by producing customized apparel and gains the support of families, community members and local schools. Buoyed by this success Spectrum and the Nicholas Center make their first major purchase – a 500 sq ft building (The House!) where…

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2013: Growth Leads to Another Move

June 14, 2013

2013: Growth Leads to Another Move

Doubling our service capacity and tripling our sales, we move to a new 1500 square foot location in the Community Chest building in Port Washington. Spectrum’s annual sales reach the $250,000 mark. Spectrum Designs invests in state-of-the-art embroidery, digital and screen printing technology that our highly trained workers operate. From…

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2014: Spectrum Doubles Sales for Second Time

June 14, 2014

2014: Spectrum Doubles Sales for Second Time

Spectrum Designs first annual Golf Outing raises $50,000 in September 2014. Spectrum doubles its sales AGAIN! With gross sales of almost $500,000, In 2014 Spectrum becomes the go-to T-shirt printing and apparel customization business for most of the school districts and big businesses in the area. Plans for further expansion…

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2015: Spectrum Receives Funding to Improve Production

June 14, 2015

2015: Spectrum Receives Funding to Improve Production

2015 is our biggest year yet. We received funding for a new automatic machine which quadrupled our hourly production speed. We now serve 41 families affected by Autism, offering 11 with gainful employment opportunities and 30 others authentic work training. In 2015 our workforce was engaged in over 20,000 hours…

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2011 – A Concept of a ‘White Party’…

August 23, 2018

It comes as no surprise to anyone to learn that Stella Spanakos is a fashionista. Always with her finger on the pulse of fashion and fashion trends, she pictures a White Party where everyone in the height of summer can put on their best White outfits and dance the night…

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