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Three Hundred Fifty Attend Community Fund's 100th-Anniversary Bash; See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

Jun. 26, 2019:  On Saturday evening, June 8, more than 300 people gathered at the beautiful home of  Amy and Anthony Civale to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. The special celebration was truly exceptional, gathering together friends, supporters, staff, volunteers, and the evening’s premier sponsor, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence hospital. 

Graciously co-chaired by Barbara Eustis, Janet Lyons, Kiri Wolfe, and Hilary Blumenriech, this special 100th celebration introduced the fund to those new to town and reacquainted longtime donors with the core mission of the organization. Close to $300,000 was raised to benefit the over 30,000 residents of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. 

The evening highlighted 100 years of service and support to the community. Speakers included Bill Rizzo, current board chair; Kiri Wolfe, incoming board chair; and Michael Fosina, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence hospital. A short film was shown introducing the audience to the numerous nonprofit and social service agencies impacted on a yearly basis by The Community Fund. 

Amy Korb, executive director of the fund, reflected on its one-hundred-year history. “For the last century, we have been here to support all of our local residents. The fund was started one hundred years ago in partnership with Lawrence Hospital in order to combat the flu epidemic. We continue to look for new ways to support the community and are excited about our upcoming initiatives with NYP Lawrence Hospital on the health and wellness of adolescents in Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. Thank you so much to NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital for being our premier sponsor for the event.” 

Bill Rizzo, Community Fund president, praised the event. “The biggest birthday bash in the last 100 years certainly lived up to its billing, with over 350 people from the Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe community celebrating the 100 years since The Community Fund’s founding. The turnout and the dollars raised are so gratifying because it means that the prospects for our second century couldn’t be brighter.”

See photos from the event below.


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Photos courtesy The Community Fund

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Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care Raises Over $70,000 at May Benefit: See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Abby Sprague, Marketing Specialist, Lawrence Community Health Services

Jun. 5, 2019:  Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization based in Scarsdale that provides assistance and personalized care for terminally ill patients and their families as they come to terms with serious life-threatening conditions. 

Every spring, Jansen holds a fundraiser to support the extraordinary programs and services of this cherished local establishment. This year’s May benefit was particularly spectacular, with more than 195 people purchasing tickets to the event. Guests included Michael Fosina of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, founding members of Jansen Hospice, and a blend of new and old community members eager to celebrate the organization. This type of overwhelming community support is a huge reason why Jansen Hospice is able to be a leader in offering compassion and comfort to hundreds of families and patients throughout Westchester County.

The evening would not have been such a great success without the extraordinary efforts of co-chairs Amy Civale, Barbara Eustis, and Jenny Jacobs, as well as Ken and Won Giuriceo, who graciously opened their beautiful home in Bronxville to host the supporters and friends of Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Photos by Kathleen Donaghy


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Bronxville High School Hearts to Home Raises Funds and Builds Bikes for U.S. Troops and Their Families PDF Print Email

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By Grace McSherry, Student, Bronxville High School

Jun. 5, 2019:  The Hearts to Home Club of Bronxville High School continued its spring tradition and sponsored several events to show its support and appreciation for United States servicemen and women and their families. 

On Wednesday, March 27, Bronxville students gathered after school hours to participate in a Hearts to Home phone-a-thon to raise funds for a spring build-a-bike event. Students made calls to people in the local area seeking contributions. 

“The student volunteers really stepped up and had fun, and the donors were really enthusiastic about supporting the cause,” said high school student Caroline McGrath

Separately, on Friday, April 26, approximately 50 students assembled at the Bronxville School for kids bingo, a fun night of bingo and fundraising.

Thanks to the success of these events, Hearts to Home raised over $4,500 to purchase unassembled bicycles and helmets. 

A few weeks later, on Saturday morning, April 27, Hearts to Home held its annual build-a-bike event. Student volunteers including members of the golf and tennis teams joined the fourth-grade Girl Scouts from troops 1506 and 1509 and other members of the community to roll up their sleeves and assemble 40 bicycles.  

Members of the USO of Metropolitan NYC also were in attendance to show their support.

“What a fantastic event. It’s inspiring to see members of the Bronxville community of all ages come together to support and appreciate military families,” said Bronxville native Didi Romley, the USO’s chief development officer. 

These events could not have happened without the leadership of Pam Kohlhoff, a third-grade teacher at Bronxville Elementary School. “Organizing the annual bike build each year has been a highlight of my career. I love working closely with the USO and the Bronxville students to prepare for this event. I believe it is very important to recognize the work done by our military and to help support their families. Men and women who serve in our military serve a very important role in our nation’s security and make enormous sacrifices to do their job both here and overseas. There is nothing more important,” said Mrs. Kohlhoff, who will be retiring this year after 23 years teaching in Bronxville. Her leadership and enthusiastic support of Bronxville’s Hearts to Home Club has been instrumental to the success of the group’s mission and has had a significant impact on the community.   

In 2008, a group of Bronxville high school students founded the Hearts to Home Club with the goal of helping American servicemen and women to keep in contact with their families during deployment by sending them prepaid telephone calling cards. More recently, Hearts to Home has broadened its mission to provide support to members of the military returning from active duty and local military families.

Pictured here:  Participants in the bike build, which was held on April 27 at the Bronxville School.


Photo courtesy
 Pam Kohlhoff




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Junior League of Bronxville to Hold 7th Annual 'Dorm Drive' in June PDF Print Email

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By Kelani Cummings, Communications Vice President, Junior League of Bronxville

Jun. 3, 2019:  The Junior League of Bronxville ("JLB") is happy to announce that it will, once again, partner with Yonkers Partners in Education and The Guidance Center of Westchester’s Center for College and Careers program at Mount Vernon High School to support female graduates embarking on their college careers.

The JLB is inviting a total of 60 young women to participate in the popular Dorm Drive. JLB members will meet the incoming college freshmen on June 19 at Bed Bath & Beyond in Yonkers to shop with them for their dorm room essentials. This event allows JLB members to help these young women, often first in their family to attend college, prepare for their college dorm life transition, and, most important, celebrate their admission to college.

This year, the JLB has been able to double its outreach efforts because of to a very generous $2,000 donation from its platinum sponsor, Pepe Auto Group.

Margaret Wang, 2018-2019 president of the Junior League of Bronxville, shared that “we are always appreciative of the support we receive from our members, the surrounding community, and business sponsors, such as Pepe Auto Group, who believe in our vision of ‘mobilizing women to ignite and inspire community change.’”

To support the Dorm Drive or learn more about the JLB, please visit www.jlbronxville.org or email CLOAKING .

Photo courtesy Junior League of Bronxville


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NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to Be Premier Sponsor of Community Fund's 100th-Anniversary Celebration: Link for Tickets PDF Print Email

By Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

May 29, 2019:  The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe is pleased to announce that NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will be the premier sponsor of The Community Fund's 100th-anniversary celebration on June 8 in Bronxville.

This generous sponsorship by NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is the first phase of a new strategic collaboration that will address specific mental and physical health issues impacting our residents. The initial focus will be on developing and funding new programs that help target stress, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse among adolescents. 

Amy Korb, the executive director of The Community Fund, stated, "Results from a survey done by The Community Fund last fall have helped shed light on key areas where we can expand our reach and programming support for residents across Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. They showed an increasing concern about the mental health of our youth and the need for better education and support for the prevention of addictions. Fortunately, when we reached out to NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to discuss these findings and how we might work together, they jumped right on board and were excited to pool our resources to help develop and fund new initiatives that would serve the mental and physical health needs across all residents in our community." 

“The Community Fund was started in 1919 to support what was then known as Lawrence Hospital by providing much-needed services to residents of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe,” said Michael Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “As they celebrate their 100th year, we are thrilled to build on that foundation and work with them on new mental health and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs for adolescents.”

Since its founding in 1919, The Community Fund has been there for its residents whether they be poor, infirm, elderly, or simply in need of the support of one’s neighbors. The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Inc. was founded on October 2, 1919, as The Community Welfare Fund, Inc., to support Lawrence Hospital, The Associated Charities of Eastchester, and other charitable agencies or welfare work in the community. The fund served the community during the Depression and World War II, providing basic support to families and the war effort.

For the past 100 years, The Community Fund has served the towns of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe and has been a driving force in providing crucial funding to very worthy causes within these communities. On June 8, we invite you to not only celebrate The Community Fund and the important work it does but ultimately help support the causes that The Community Fund impacts. This not-to-be-missed cocktail party will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and will be hosted at the home of Amy and Anthony Civale at 21 Elm Rock Road in Bronxville.

The Community Fund gives over $500,000 each year to local nonprofit agencies, community programs, and municipalities to improve the lives of all residents. This year’s annual campaign is $60,000 short of our goal of $500,000. Please consider attending this event or donating, as these funds are crucial to improving the lives of many of the people in our surrounding communities. The donations you make go directly back into the community and the agencies The Community Fund supports.

To purchase tickets to the event, please visit www.cf100.givesmart.com or contact Amy Korb at CLOAKING or 914-337-8808. To learn more about The Community Fund, please visit thecommunityfund.org/.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on June 8.

Photo courtesy The Community Fund


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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