The Counseling Center Oktoberfest Event a Big Success

Pictured: L-R first row: Staff members of The Counseling Center, Virgil Roberson and Jennifer Klein; back row: Jennifer Jordan and Jim Ellis

By Ellen Edwards, Board Member

Oct. 13, 2021: An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Field Club on October 3rd to celebrate Oktoberfest and raise funds to support the work of The Counseling Center. A gorgeous evening with perfect temperatures ensured that this in-person event, held outside under an open tent, was especially appreciated by guests who came to support The Counseling Center and stayed to enjoy the wine and German beer, German-inspired food, and pop rock hits played by Phil Wiser and Jon Waggoner of Big Sexy.

Sessa von Richthofen, Nicola Beel, and Simone Kane came in lovely Oktoberfest costumes, and by the end of the evening, reluctant to leave, many were dancing to the fantastic electronics of Casey Land. Executive Director Virgil Roberson and Clinical Director Jennifer Klein were spotted among them.

The Counseling Center sends a heartfelt thank you to the Bronxville businesses that provided generous gift cards or baskets for its raffle: A wine basket from Bronxville Wines & Spirits; a cheese basket from Dobbs & Bishop; and spa services from Maison Rouge.  Special thanks as well to the staff of the Field Club, especially to manager Lori Sahagian, whose assistance ensured a fun, Covid-safe event.

Sessa von Richthofen (left) and her sister Nicola Beel

The on-going pandemic has resulted in a greater demand for the mental-health services of The Counseling Center, a non-profit organization that offers help for individuals and couples, adults and children of all ages.  Its excellent staff, known for its expertise and collegial rapport, provides both in-person and teletherapy (video and phone) sessions; it has offices in the Reformed Church of Bronxville and in other Westchester locations. The comfort, reassurance, and insight offered by The Counseling Center’s experienced therapists during the on-going pandemic have helped people who are truly suffering as well as those who seek guidance to navigate challenging transitions.

Through the generous and consistent support of its many donors, The Counseling Center is able to subsidize those who cannot pay the full fee for its services. The Center is enormously grateful for their vital contribution, which ensures that its important work will continue.

The Oktoberfest annual appeal was The Counseling Center’s only fund-raiser for 2021. On May 6th, 2022, the Center will celebrate its long-delayed 50th Anniversary Gala, during which it will honor Doug Cruikshank and Si and Vicki Ford, whose significant contributions to our community have made it a more beautiful, healthful, and fulfilling place to live.

If you missed the October 3rd event and wish to make a donation, you may do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the donate button on The Counseling Center’s website:  And if at any time you feel in need of the comfort and support offered by The Counseling Center, we encourage you to reach out to us at 914-793-3388.

Photos acourtesy of The Counseling Center




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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