Event Raises over $350,000
Mount Kisco, NY – (June 15,2012) – With close to 400 in attendance, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s (BGCNW) 18th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner raised over $350,000 net for the “Positive Place for Kids.” The event honored Richard J. Smith of Entergy as the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year and the Junior League of Northern Westchester (JLNW) as the John Beach Award recipient. All proceeds generated at the dinner will go directly to enhance the Club’s programs and services for more than 2,000 youth members.
The evening featured award presentations to the Humanitarian of the Year, the John Beach Award recipient as well as to Club member Michelle Imbaquingo, who received BGCNW’s 2012 Youth of the Year award. Emcee for the evening was Club board President Kevin Bannon. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani served as award presenter and Bill Harden of Somers was the evening’s auctioneer.
The auction featured many unique items including a horseback ride for four alongside Martha Stewart and Richard Gere to Bedford Post. Former Mayor Giuliani stepped up during the auction, enticing the crowd to bid on a round of golf with him.
Lexus of Mt. Kisco generously donated their venue for the event. This year’s Humanitarian Award Dinner Co-Chairs were Muffin Dowdle of Pound Ridge and Renee Jordan Torre of South Salem. The Dinner’s Sub-Committee Co-Chairs were Linda Mahon of Mt. Kisco, Heidi Johnston of Cross River, Deirdre Farrell of South Salem and Nori Oliva of Greenwich, CT.
Sponsors for the 18th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner included: Diamond Sponsor: Entergy Nuclear; Platinum Sponsor: Bonnie Trotta; Gold Sponsors: Kevin and Susan Bannon, Muffin & James Dowdle and Kate & Dan Ginnel, Ginnel Real Estate; Silver Sponsors: Curtis Instruments, Inc., Giuliani Partners, Lee Manning-Vogelstein; Bronze Sponsors: Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, Proskauer Rose LLP; Holly & David Singer of Robison Oil, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP; Print Media Sponsor: Bedford Magazine.
Past event honorees include Holly and David Singer,Bill and Jane Balter, Thomas and Ursula LaMotte, Laureen Barber, Leslie Cecil, John and Amy Crabtree, Muffin Ziminsky Dowdle, Skip and Michaela Beitzel, Peter and Sara Tucker, Ken and Margaret O’Gara, Kelly and Rick Wietsma, Kevin Bannon, Bonnie Trotta and Seema Boesky, Dana and Christopher Reeve, Carll and Diane Tucker, Kalman Fox, and Dan Hollis.
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is located at 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY and can be reached at (914) 666-8069 or by visiting www.bgcnw.com.
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About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was established in 1939 as a place for “boys to get off the streets.” It is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Located in Mt. Kisco, NY, the 36,000-square-foot facility features an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, game room, and two computer labs, and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center facility. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester serves 2,000 youths, boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.