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The Community Fund Raises over $200,000 at 32nd Annual Golf Outing


By Donna Ruhanen, Marketing Chair, The Community Fund

May 30, 2018:  The Community Fund’s 32nd Annual Golf Outing was held at Siwanoy Country Club on Monday, May 7. The event was a tremendous success, with 124 participants, including players from both grand sponsors, Pepe Auto Group and the Raffiani Family Foundation, and dinner sponsor NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, all enjoying a beautiful day on a fantastic course.

The event grossed over $200,000, which will enable The Community Fund, along with the money raised from its annual fall campaign, to provide much-needed grants to nonprofit organizations providing critical services across the Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe communities.

For the golfers, the day kicked off with lunch and an exciting qualifying round for the putting competition, followed by a scramble play format, complete with prizes and hole-in-one contests. Thanks to our generous hole-in-one sponsor, Pepe Auto Group, a $10,000 cash prize awaited golfers at one hole and a choice of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, or Cadillac awaited them at the other. Stunning automobiles were also on display, enhancing the beautiful acreage of Siwanoy thanks to Mercedez-Benz of White Plains; Mercedez-Benz of New Rochelle; Porsche of Larchmont; Pepe Cadillac; and Pepe Infiniti. 

Although no one was able to make that hole-in-one, which has eluded golfers now for 32 years, there were still plenty of awards to go around.  The “first-place winning team” award went to Neal Denning, Jack Mullen, Joe Quartararo, and Scott Bogetti, and the second-place award was taken by the team of Raymond Delsalvio, Mike Doody, John Silvestri, and Bill Carney.

The evening ended with cocktails, dinner, and our annual auction and offered a tremendous array of great prizes.

Funds from the golf outing constitute about 20% of the overall revenue The Community Fund raises each year. Amy Korb, executive director of The Community Fund, stated, "Every year we are amazed at the outpouring of support for this event. Foursomes sell out in days, sponsors give generously, and attendees make both the silent and live auctions an exciting climax to the evening."   

Robert Castano, golf co-chair, added, “Once again we are grateful for the support of our grand sponsors, Pepe Auto Group and the Raffiani Foundation. Year after year, these two organizations step forward and lead the charge. Our thanks to our first-ever dinner sponsor, NewYork-PresbyterianLawrence Hospital; NYP has quickly become a strong partner of The Community Fund. We also deeply appreciate all the support we receive from a long list of organizations and individuals whose participation is vital to the success of the outing.” 

The members of the 2018 golf committee were committee chairs  Robert Castano and Kiri Wolfe; honorary committee chairs Chuck and Mark Rollins; wine auction chair Donna Ruhanen; and committee members Tom Andruss, Margaret Colavita, Neal Denning, Judy M. Foley, Thomas Giordano, Frances Harris, Andrew Korb, Peter Lacalamita,  Rosetta McArdle, Kevin McNeil, Doug Meyer, Katharine Outcalt, Steven R. Palm, Joe Pepe, Sal Pepe, Laura & Phil Raffiani, Jim Rotenberg, Martin H. Schulman, Tom Sipple, Pirkko Stechler, Frederick H. Taylor, Jeff Ungvary, and Jane Vergari.

The Community Fund provides financial assistance and administrative support to nonprofit organizations whose programs target the health, education, and welfare needs of local residents. Last year, The Community Fund allocated $564,420 to the following agencies and programs supporting the communities of Bronxville, Bronxville 10708, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe:  Andrus Early Learning Center, Bereavement Center of Westchester, Bronxville Youth Council, Cancer Support Team, Inc., The Community Flu Shot Program at Lawrence Hospital, The Counseling Center, D.A.R.E., Eastchester & Tuckahoe, Eastchester Community Action Partnership, Eastchester Senior Programs and Services, Eastchester Teen Scene, Eastchester Youth Council--Summer Theatre, Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC), Gramatan Village, Michael Frey Scholarship Awards for Graduating High School Seniors, The Maxwell Institute, The Senior Citizens Council, South East Consortium for Special Services, Tuckahoe Police Youth Initiatives, the Tuckahoe Trolley, Victims Assistance Services, Westchester End of Life Coalition, and Wartburg.

For more information on The Community Fund and how to get involved, go to its website at or contact The Community Fund office at 914-337-8808 or  CLOAKING

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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. 

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.

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 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. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
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.

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.

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. 

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.” 

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. 

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.”

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.” 

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.”



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