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Gramatan Village Hosts Seventh Annual 'May Magic' Benefit; See Photos


By Margaret Fuller Hayden     

May 10, 2017:  About a dozen wallets and watches had been stolen by the end of the evening, but everyone could rest assured that there was no black magic at play. If anything, the seventh annual Gramatan Village May Magic reception at Siwanoy Country Club reflected an enchanting amount of kindness, respect, giving, and community, mixed with the mesmerizingly supernatural entertainment of mentalist Ken Salaz, who could read minds, bend quarters, and snatch various accouterments without one's knowing.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was co-chaired by Wright Elliott and Patty Warble, with a working committee composed of Anne BernsteinPippa ColvinRidgely Donohue, Lynda Stewart, and Kathryn Urbina, member and volunteer services coordinator. Calling the committee and Executive Director Julie Dalton the driving force behind the party and praising the terrific staff, Gramatan Village president Kerry Walsh mused, "They juggle so many balls at one time they may compete for the entertainment award next year."

Kerry introduced the three honorees of the evening as "people known by their first names, like Cher, Madonna, and Sting." In presenting longtime Bronxvillians and Gramatan Village board members Schatze and Peter Thorp with the J. Rockhill Gray Memorial Award, Kerry proclaimed, "I can think of nobody more deserving to receive this award." She cited their long list of contributions to Gramatan Village and the community at large, ranging from giving car rides to Gramatan Village members to tutoring in a Yonkers public school. "These are the quiet gifts the Thorps give to our community," Kerry stated.

Calling it "a family occasion," Kerry asked Schatze and Peter's three daughters, RidgelyVictoria, and Lindsay, to join in presenting the award. Upon receiving the large glass bowl inscribed with their names, Peter and Schatze took to the microphone, the former putting his well-known humor on display: "We only paid Kerry five dollars to say what she did. Imagine if we had given her ten?"

"We are all--I repeat--we are all getting older, so it is time to start helping others," urged Peter. He encouraged everyone to "be sure you are giving and getting the most out of this crazy world," and offered several concrete ideas, including smiling and saying hello to a mature person on the sidewalk, volunteering for the Gramatan Village car service (he recently drove a blind person and recounted that the "range of our conversation was extraordinary and very special to me"), and sharing something new with friends, family, and colleagues every day (daughter Lindsay recently gave him David McCullough's book The American Spirit, which he in turn recommended).

"Peter and I are both very dedicated to serving Gramatan Village and its members. I hope those of you who are not familiar with its mission will get a better sense of its role, and I hope you will become a member, or even more importantly, a volunteer," said Schatze, whose name--as Kerry had mentioned in her introduction--aptly means "sweetheart" in German.

The first-ever John Corry Award for Excellence, which commemorates beloved former board member John Corry, who passed away on December 26, 2016, was presented to José Ramirez ("Tony"), of the Siwanoy waitstaff. "John appreciated good service, and Tony gives it seamlessly," said Kerry, as everyone applauded fervently and Tony--clearly very well-liked and affable--beamed. "John's legacy will live on for generations," Kerry voiced with confidence.

In her closing remarks, Julie Dalton stressed the invaluableness of the people who make up the organization: "It's not what is Gramatan Village, but who is Gramatan Village," she said. Julie shared some heartwarming anecdotes about Gramatan Village members, including those who delighted in reading poetry they had never before shared, and a woman who memorably said, "I never thought I could make new friends at my age, but now I realize I can."

As Julie spoke, the windows behind her revealed the emergence of sun and a golf course showcasing a more vivid hue of green. She pointed out the noticeably brighter landscape after a day of dreariness: "Now the sun's out, and that's because of the wonderful shining example of Schatze and Peter." Whether due to magic or meteorology, it was the perfect close to the evening.

To see photos, click here.

Pictured here:  Peter and Schatze Thorp, honorees at the May Magic benefit.

Photos above and in the link by Lisa Sorensen



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Community Service Organizations Directory

Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. To learn more about how you can contribute to the efforts of the BBC, with time, money or planting, please email Karen Day. President: George C. McKinnis

Karen Day
Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5. Troops 1, 2, and 4 meet at the the Scout Cabin Troop 5 meets at the Reformed Church, and has a different web site . Brennan Carley is the Scoutmaster.

Joseph Stineman
President of Bronxville Scout Committee, Inc.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Volunteer Director: Patricia Meyers
364 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10552-3294

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. Board of Director Co-Chairs: Jayne Warman and Robert Wein.

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville League of Woman Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that “encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy though education and advocacy. The Bronxville League serves Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Their primary duty is “voter service, registering new voters and keeping the public informed of important issues being considered and voted on by governing bodies.” They have monthly board meetings and monthly coffee meetings, where there is usually a speaker to talk about a current issue. They organize and moderate candidate forums for local government elections and periodically hold public meetings on a topic of interest with a guest speaker. They also put out a monthly bulletin. President: Adelaide DiGiorgi, Editor of Newsletter: Janet Jaidi
P.O. Box 321
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville PTA

The Bronxville PTA is “the umbrella organization that presides over and is the primary source of funding for the Elementary, Middle and High School Councils. They raise money through their annual Memorial Day fundraiser and through PTA membership dues and provide approximately $100,000 to the Elementary, Middle and High School Councils. “Advocacy, education, training and support are their key areas of focus.”
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.
For further information please contact: Executive Director, Peggy Williams (, Chairman, Pierre de Saint Phalle

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville. Director: Jillana Valente
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. Director: Richard W. Shoup

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” Director: Tracy Rutherfurd

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. President: Nina Evison


Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”
PO Box 430
Bronxville, New York 10708

Lawrence Hospital Center Volunteer Services

The Lawrence Hospital welcomes volunteers to help in a variety of areas including working the Bargain Box resale shop, which is “the major fundraising effort of the Lawrence Hospital Center Auxiliary.” Volunteers also work in the Emergency Department, at the Information services Desk, in Patient Care in Food Services and other areas. Director of Volunteer Services: Terry Marino

55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers noon day meals to the homebound elderly, ill or disabled. Monday – Sunday 11am – 1p

55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” President: David McBride

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”

Bronxville Director: Sue Tozzi
200 Pondfield Road


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