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Community Fund May Golf Outing an Overwhelming Success: See Photos PDF Print Email

By Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

May 15, 2019:  The Community Fund’s 33rd annual golf outing was held at Siwanoy Country Club on Monday, May 6. The event was an overwhelming success, with 131 participants enjoying a beautiful day and friendly competition while helping the fund move closer to meeting its fundraising goal of over $600,000. 

The close-to $80,000 raised in this year’s golf outing and raffle/auction will enable grants to be provided for the 24 nonprofit organizations and community programs that provide critical services across the Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe communities.

The event kicked off with a first-time chipping contest to create excitement among players. Liza Near got the crowd going and created some friendly competition. After an exciting evening playoff, David Agnew came out on top and won a $500 gift certificate to the Siwanoy pro shop.

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Another winner for the day was for our first-ever 50/50 raffle. Gary Garofalo won the pot but generously donated the proceeds back to The Community Fund.

Many thanks to our grand sponsors for the event, Pepe Auto Group and the Raffiani Family Foundation, and our major sponsors, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; Exane Inc.; TJM Investments, LLC; Ferretti Group, Inc.; Houlihan O’Malley Real Estate; Elide Building Corp; Hymes and Associates CPA, PC; Park Sterling Real Estate; Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond& Dohn LLP; and Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate Centers.

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A dedicated team of volunteers pulled together this year’s event, led by golf co-chairs Gary Garofalo and David O’Shaughnessy. Community Fund board chair Bill Rizzo commented: “The strong turnout we had for Monday’s outing couldn’t be more gratifying. It’s a true testament that year after year so many participate to show their support for the Community Fund’s mission. I can’t thank enough our many sponsors, in particular, Pepe Auto Group and Raffiani Family Foundation. None of this could happen without them.”

 

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Golf Chair David O’Shaughnessy added. “With fantastic weather and the Siwanoy golf course in beautiful shape, the event worked out perfectly. The fact that the lunch and dinner took place in a tent made the day feel more casual and more intimate. A big thanks goes to all the golfers that came out to support the fund and in the process enjoyed a spectacular day of golf.”

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The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe provides financial assistance and administrative support to nonprofit organizations and community programs who target the health, education, and welfare of all of our local residents.

Interested in getting involved? Reach out to Amy Korb at 914-337-8808 or CLOAKING .

Pictured at top: Community Fund golf co-chairs Gary Garafalo (L) and David O'Shaughnessy.

Photos 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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Cancer Support Team Volunteers Honored at Bronxville Field Club PDF Print Email

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By Tania Weiss, Executive Director, Cancer Support Team

May 15, 2019:  Cancer Support Team’s long-time volunteers Judy Boyle (New Rochelle) and Bonnie Gould (Scarsdale) were honored at the Bronxville Field Club on May 9. Lisa Edmiston, board chair, presented each with the Making Miracles Happen Award. 

“This award is given to individuals who work behind the scenes to help fulfill the CST mission to enhance the lives of people with cancer in southern Westchester.” Lisa noted, “Both Judy and Bonnie are so deserving of this award.”

The Cancer Support Team® provides nursing, social work counseling, and case management services at any stage of the disease at no cost and without regard to insurance coverage. It is a New York State-licensed nonprofit home health care organization that has been enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families affected by cancer for over 40 years. Cancer Support Team also provides transportation and financial assistance when needed.

As a nonprofit charitable organization, financial support comes from individual donors, events, and grants.

Cancer Support Team is a grantee of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe and is very grateful for The Community Fund’s support. 

Pictured here (L to R ): Lisa Edmiston, CST board chair; Judy Boyle, CST honoree; Bonnie Gould, CST honoree; Sue Formato, CST advisory board member and event chair.

Photo courtesy Cancer Support Team

 

 
Bronxville Elementary School Parents and Children Join with Bronx River Conservancy to Help Clean Up Riverbanks of Bronx River PDF Print Email

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By Schatze Thorp

May 8, 2019:   On Sunday, April 28, parents and students from the Bronxville Elementary School joined with members of the Bronx River Conservancy and others to participate in the annual Pitch in for Parks event, sponsored by the Westchester Parks Foundation.

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The Bronxville Elementary School effort was led by Jennifer Heathwood and the Bronxville Elementary School Character & Community Committee. The parents and students who participated focused on cleaning up the riverbanks around the Bronxville lake.

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Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops joined with other volunteers at various areas along the Bronx River to remove 250 pounds of trash, rake acres of lawn, and pile up twenty-plus yards of branches, which were later removed.

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This was an excellent community-wide effort led by Bob DelTorto of the Bronx River Conservancy. This cleanup effort started many years ago and the good news is that today there is much less trash along the Bronx River bank then there used to be.

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Photos:  First two by J. Heathwood; others by P. Thorp.


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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Destination: College to Show Award-Winning Documentary Film at Bronxville Library Tomorrow, May 9, at 5:30 PM PDF Print Email

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By Nancy McKenna, Chair, Board of Directors, Destination: College

May 8, 2019:  A fantastic antidote to the scheming and chicanery revealed by the recent college admissions scandals is watching the dedicated students from Bronxville High School in the Destination: College programs at Mount Vernon High School (“MVH”).  

After their own school days are done, our dedicated BHS volunteers give their time to tutor their peers at Mount Vernon. This dedication is all the more admirable right now since the Bronxville upperclassmen are facing AP exams and the seniors are graduating, with all that that entails. Our Bronxville student volunteers in our student peer-to-peer initiative are critical to the success of our Destination: College students currently studying for various NYS Regents exams. We could not be more grateful for their time, effort, skill, and enthusiasm.

Earlier this year, many of these same dedicated BHS volunteers helped our Destination: College students with college applications. Our seniors at MVH are now savoring the happiness of acceptance letters and, more crucial, the financial aid letters that make or break the decision of where they will be able to attend school next year.

The dilemma faced by economically disadvantaged students applying to college was eloquently summarized by a senior at Queens College in a recent op-ed to the New York Times titled "The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor." Enoch Jemmot, the author, describes the arduous experience of low-income students navigating the college admissions process and concludes, “In every step along the way, we had to do more because we had less.” His article was made into an award-winning documentary that showcases the work that this young man and his fellow high school students undertook on their journey to college acceptance.

Destination: College is proud to show this 52-minute film, Personal Statement, tomorrow, May 9, at the Bronxville Public Library in the Yeager Room at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will follow the screening. Click here to see the trailer.

Please join us to get a better sense of the work done by our own college team and our fantastic group of Bronxville High School volunteers. Click here for more information about Destination: College. 

Pictured here:  Bronxville High School student volunteer working at the Destination: College center. 

Photo courtesy Destination: College
 

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.
 
 
Tree Chic Benefit Was More Chic than Ever this Year: See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Ellen Bryceland, Fund Board Chair, Bereavement Center of Westchester


Apr. 24, 2019:  This year’s Tree Chic, the iconic event for the benefit of the Bereavement Center of Westchester's Tree House program, was more chic than ever before. Stylish women (and even a number of chic men) filled the newly imagined fifth floor of Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in Manhattan and enjoyed fabulous fashions, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, ultra-chic music, and luxury goods raffles.

Once again, Tree Chic featured Saks Fifth Avenue fashion experts who gave an inside peek into the hottest trends on this year’s international runway. Fashion highlights included lots of neon, summer weight leather, safari ensembles, and to-die-for rhinestone summer sandals.

This is the third year of the Tree Chic Event, which benefits the BCW Tree House program for grieving families throughout the New York metropolitan area. Saks Fifth Avenue has graciously partnered with Tree House to ensure that Tree Chic is a fabulous evening that produces much-needed funds.

After a touching short film featuring some of the Tree House children, Kristin Smith, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, dabbed a tear from her eyes and said, “I don’t think we could be here for a better cause."

Guests were also welcomed by NYP Lawrence president Michael Fosina, event chair and board member Betsy Putnam, and Ellen Bryceland, fund board chair. 

Betsy Putnam said after the event “Every year this event just keeps growing and getting better.  This year we even had some very tres chic men in attendance, including my husband. Who knows, maybe next year we feature a few of them on the runway.”

See pictures from the event below.

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Betsy Putnam, BCW Tree House board member and Tree Chic event chair

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Kristin Smith, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue 

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Saks executives

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Guest Lana Phillips 

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Pictured at top:  Ian Putnam, president, real estate and chief corporate development officer, Hudson's Bay Company.

Photos courtesy Tree Chic committee
 
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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