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The Counseling Center to Honor Rosanne Welshimer at Annual Benefit PDF Print Email

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By Ellen Edwards, Member, Board of Directors, The Counseling Center


Nov. 7, 2018:  The Counseling Center will host its 48th annual benefit on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Bronxville Field Club. This year’s event honors Rosanne Welshimer, whose commitment to community service, lived out with energy and good cheer, has enriched so many people in Bronxville and beyond.

Rosanne’s volunteer work began as a tutor while attending Mount Holyoke College and continued during her long, stellar career at The Bank of New York, where many of her 38 years there were spent as senior vice president and division head for the bank’s securities industry banking division.

Early on, she taught church school and baked for the soup kitchen at The Reformed Church of Bronxville; remarkably, she continued as a monthly cookie baker for the soup kitchen for 26 years, and after 34 years, she still teaches fourth-grade church school. 

Soon after leaving banking, through Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, she became a mentor and scholarship supporter of several youths as they aged out of the foster care system. Further, she has held many lay leadership positions at The Reformed Church of Bronxville: as chair of several councils, deacon, elder, and vice president and acting president of consistory. In addition, Rosanne served as president of the board of the Bronxville Public Library and as chair of the board of The Counseling Center, where she was on the board from 2011 to 2018.

In all of these roles, Rosanne brought compassion and focus, an eye for detail, and an enduring warmth. Over the years, she and her husband, Mark, have supported many local organizations with a focus on wellness, education, and faith. The mother of four children and grandmother of six, Rosanne delights in spending time with her family. She also enjoys gardening and cooking and is famous for her scrumptious chocolate chip cookies.

Thanks to the generosity of four families who are sponsoring this year’s benefit, all of the proceeds from this event will go to support the important work of The Counseling Center, especially its fee subsidy program, which allows the center’s professional staff to offer critical services, including psychotherapy, marriage counseling, family and child therapy, and pastoral counseling, to those who are unable to afford full-fee treatment.

“We want to help all those in need,” said Carol Godfrey, chair of the board. “For anyone facing a difficult moment in life, no matter what their age or the kind of challenge they face, The Counseling Center can be a vital resource. The exceptional psychotherapists on our staff stand out for their many years of experience. And through a well-funded fee subsidy program, we can offer our expertise to more people, making a positive difference in their lives and in those whose lives they touch.”

Virgil Roberson, LP, MDiv, NCPsyA, executive director of The Counseling Center, said: “Some come to the center with serious mental health challenges, including major depression, anxiety/panic disorder, eating disorders, bipolar illness, self-injury, or addiction. We specialize in treating those serious difficulties and many others—sometimes in short-term-focused psychotherapy and, when appropriate, in longer-term, more intensive therapy. But many clients seek help with the normal rough spots of life. All of us face difficult situations, and often it helps to speak to an objective, impartial person who is not a friend or family member. The Counseling Center provides expert assistance in those situations, too. Sometimes in just a few sessions, clients find the clarity and reassurance they are seeking.”

Godfrey, added, “The upcoming benefit offers an opportunity for people to reacquaint themselves with the terrific contribution The Counseling Center makes to the community. I’m excited by this chance to continue our outreach and expand our fee-subsidy program. And I’m especially excited to honor Rosanne Welshimer, whose leadership, dedication, and warm friendship over the years have helped ensure that The Counseling Center remains a welcome resource.”

The Counseling Center offers a warm, safe, and confidential place to get help. It has offices in The Reformed Church of Bronxville, as well as in Scarsdale, Riverdale, and New York City. For more information, visit www.counselingcenter.org or call its clinical director, Dr. Jane Benjamin, at 914-793-3388.

Pictured here: Rosanne Welshimer.

Photo courtesy Ellen Edwards, Member, Board of Directors, The Counseling Center


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.

 
NewYork-Presbyterian Receives Business Impact Award PDF Print Email

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By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


Oct. 31, 2018:  President Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, accepted the Westchester Parks Foundation Business Impact Award on behalf of the hospital in recognition of its commitment to the Westchester County Parks system. At an evening gala held at the Westchester County Center on September 20, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was honored for years of deep commitment to health and wellness and for its unwavering support of the treasured Bicycle Sundays and Sunset Yoga programs. 

Pictured here (L to R): George Latimer, Westchester County executive, Michael J. Fosina, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, and Joseph A. Stout, executive director of Westchester Parks Foundation.

Photo courtesy NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


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.

 

 
Kim Linn of Toney Toni Shares Personal Journey and sells 'Kim Studs' to Benefit Breast Cancer PDF Print Email

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By Kim Linn, Owner of Toney Toni & the Gang


Oct. 24, 2018:  It was two years ago that my husband and I sat in the physician’s office and heard the words that were unimaginable to us: I had breast cancer. In those first few weeks and months, the focus of my life shifted to the ways in which I could heal myself, through both medical treatment and holistic means, like yoga and meditation. What I didn’t realize at the time was that one of my biggest sources of healing would come through something that was already a part of my daily routine, my store Toney Toni and the Gang, which has two locations. It was at each of my stores that I met and continue to meet an entire network of women who also have been impacted by this disease. Together, we have built friendships and become a community, offering each other resources, information, support, strength, hope, and, most important, love.

Since my diagnosis, I have wanted to wear something that would reflect my newfound identity as a breast cancer survivor. I was looking for something that was stylish and sophisticated, something that I would want to wear every day as a reminder of my journey. I was not alone in my desire for a piece of jewelry that would convey this message; the women around me who were both my customers and community longed for something similar.

After researching in the marketplace, I was not able to find what I was looking for, and so I turned to one of my favorite longtime jewelry vendors, Ela Rae, and asked if we could enter into a collaboration. We designed the “Kim studs” and am thrilled to don this jewelry myself and offer it to the market. However, even more important, I realized that I would now have a vehicle through which to give back to the cancer community.

Thus, I am proud to announce that we will be carrying the Kim studs in our Toney Toni & the Gang locations in Bronxville and Katonah and we will be donating all proceeds to the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” organization. This brings me triple the amount of joy in that I now have a beautiful piece of jewelry to wear that reflects this personal journey, I am sharing this piece as a badge of honor with my community of customers, and I am also giving back to all the breast cancer survivors by donating to breast cancer research. 

Photo courtesy Kim Linn, Owner of Toney Toni & the Gang 


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.

 
Two NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Physicians Receive Prestigious Recognition PDF Print Email

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By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


Oct. 17, 2018:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital's Mitchell C. Benson, MD, and Elias Hyams, MD, have been named Westchester County Doctors of Distinction by Westfair Communications. Mitchell C. Benson and Elias Hyams each received awards under the "Cutting Edge" category, which recognizes doctors who have spent endless hours working on research and clinical trials to save lives.

"We are thrilled that Drs. Benson and Hyams are recipients of the Doctors of Distinction award," said Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. "They are trailblazers utilizing cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art diagnosis techniques that impressively distinguish themselves in the field of urological medicine. They go above and beyond with their patients and are truly dedicated to the communities they serve."

Dr. Benson, who resides in Manhattan, is the director of urologic oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and emeritus chairman of the department of urology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

An Irvington resident, Dr. Hyams is a board-certified urology physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and an associate professor of urology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Westchester County Doctors of Distinction awards ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of Westchester's most distinguished physicians and took place on September 20 at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook.

Pictured here (rotating):  Dr. Benson and Dr. Hyams. 

Photos courtesy NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


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.

 
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Raises $225,000 at Golf Outing PDF Print Email

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By Nikki D’Aleo, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


Oct. 10, 2018:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital raised more than $225,000--a record-breaking amount for the hospital--at its annual golf outing, which was held this year at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale on September 24.

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Bronxville residents Conrad van Tienhoven and Marshall Insley served as event co-chairs. The golf outing was sponsored by Batska Consulting Group, Empire General Contracting, Sodexo, TD Bank, and Pepe Auto Group.

Pictured here: Top photo (L to R): Mike Pytosh, golf committee member; Andy Paul, former NYPLH board member; Michael Fosina, NYPLH president; Michael Meyers, former NYPLH golf chair; and Conrad van Tienhoven, NYPLH golf co-chair.

Second photo (L to R): John Priesing, former NYPLH board chairman; Dr. Jeffrey Geller, chief of orthopedic surgery, NYPLH; and Richard Dresdale, NYPLH board chairman.

Photos courtesy NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital 

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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