2020 Volunteer Spirit Awards Benefit Journal #VSATOGETHER

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We join Volunteer New York! in recognizing the Volunteer Spirit of 2020 Legacy Award Winners, The Gallin Family, who have honored Blue Star and Gold Star families with their creation of the Stars for Cars Program.



Event Sponsors Brainlink International, Inc. Brookline Mechanical, Inc. Brown & Brown, Inc. Con Edison Entergy Godsell Construction Corp. Harrison Edwards PR John Gallin & Son MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc. NorthEast Community Bank Orca Mechanical, Inc. PCSB Bank

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP Regeneron Mark and Jody Rollins Pierpont Mechanical Corp. Sterling National Bank The Artina Group Webster Bank Westchester Community Foundation White Plains Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital WMCHealth

Corporate Champions Over 130 Years of Construction Excellence

Welcome to the 40th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards, and our first ever virtual presentation. We deeply appreciate all of this year’s winners and supporters who believe in the incredible power of this event to touch the hearts and spirits of our community, especially in uncertain times. Volunteer New York! is built to serve our local community and respond to pressing needs as they arise. Today, and every day, we are here to lead and serve. While the month of April may look quite different than what we are used to, through Volunteer New York! and our newly launched Virtual Volunteer Center there will always be ways to take meaningful action. We believe today’s celebration serves as a poignant reminder that we are all part of a strong and resilient community with a responsibility to look out for one another. That is what Volunteer New York! will continue to do. Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director Volunteer New York!

Volunteer New York! takes immense pride in honoring The Gallin Family with the 2020 Legacy Award. Together, the Gallins are being recognized as the first family ever to receive this distinctive award for their incredible shared passion for giving back to our community. Ally, Tom and Jake are truly a part of the Volunteer New York! family and knitted into the very fabric of the New Rochelle community they call home. Last year, Volunteer New York! worked hand-in-hand with 500 non-profits, resulting in more than 278,000 hours of service by over 26,000 volunteers at a value of $8.7 million to our community, but there is still more work to do. While we are not meeting in person today, I hope that you will still consider supporting our mission and giving your time and talents where they are needed most. Let’s rise up and continue to grow together! Valerie Mason Cunningham, Board Chair Volunteer New York!


Leadership BOARD OF DIRECTORS Valerie Mason Cunningham, Chair Joseph L. Ali, Vice Chair Michael Welling, Vice Chair Grant E. Mitchell, MD, Treasurer Joanne Taylor, Secretary Traci Bauer Celia R. Brown Rosemary Byrnes Jesse Cruz Julia Emrick Ally Gallin Jay T. Glassman Jill Gottlieb Michael Grossman Jonathan Hotz Joanne Kirkpatrick Alissa Kosowsky Susan Kushner Carmen L. Martínez-López, PhD Cindy Ostrager Robert Pisano, Jr. David Ritacco Amy Seiden Steven Sonet, Esq. Abbe P. Stein, Esq. Felix Tapia Marissa Weidner Lewis Koflowitz Ex Officio Markham F. Rollins, III Marjorie Lang Strategic Advisors Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director


RSVP ADVISORY COMMITTEE Lewis Koflowitz, Chair Steve Axelrod Jacqueline Cannino Paul Ducker Charling Fagan Stan Fox Jill Harper Thomasenia Myers Louis Schenkel Charles Siegel Abbe P. Stein, Esq. Francine Vernon Stan Weiner

Michael Malherb Laura Matthews John McCarthy Nora and James McMillan Chris Nullet Kevin O’Shea Josephine and Gary Pezzella John Raucci William Rivera Ted Rubel Christina Selin Gregory Varian William White Brian Whiting


STEERING COMMITTEE Joanne Kirkpatrick, Chair Jean Glassman Kourtney Ketterhagen Lydia Kris Susan Kushner Eunice Parkes Abbe P. Stein, Esq.

BENEFIT COMMITTEE Joseph L. Ali, Co-Chair Christopher Gallin, Co-Chair Michael Gallin, Co-Chair Noam Bramson David Bresler Dominick Bullaro Daniel Castner Marshall Fulton Anthony Galano, III Gertrude and Robert Gallin John Godsell Rajesh Goel Steven Goldstein Andrea and David Gottschall Marilyn and Michael Hodes Stan Judovits Kourtney and Luke Ketterhagen Alicia and Bryan Knust


JUDGES Amy Allen Eileen Davidson Jean Glassman Jill Gottlieb Sara James Joseph Kenner Grant E. Mitchell, MD Katherine Stipicevic Genna Woods

Virtual Program Master of Ceremonies Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director, Volunteer New York! Greetings Honorable George Latimer, Westchester County Executive Valerie Mason Cunningham, Volunteer New York! Board Chair Presenting Sponsor Remarks Jane Solnick, Con Edison Award Presentations Social Advocacy Award Hector Rodriguez with Rising Ground Presented by MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc. Going Green Award Gale Pisha with Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Group Presented by Westchester Community Foundation Youth Leadership Award Abe Baker-Butler with Students Against Nicotine Presented by PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP Call to Action #VSATOGETHER Award Presentations (Continued) Quality of Life Award Ana Yee with Gilda’s Club Westchester Presented by PCSB Bank Education & Literacy Award Amy Tietz with Friends of New Rochelle Public Library Presented by Regeneron Transformation Award Duke Searles with Montrose VA Food Pantry Presented on behalf of WMCHealth Legacy Award Presentation The Gallin Family Presented by the Board of Volunteer New York! Closing Remarks Alisa H. Kesten



Executive Director Alisa H. Kesten

Manager, RISE Program Patti Colombo

Deputy Executive Director & Future Executive Director Jeanette Gisbert, MPA

Manager, Community Outreach Charles Curtis

Senior Director of Finance & Planning Geoffrey Schmits, Esq. Director of Development Elisabeth M. Vieselmeyer, CFRE Director, RSVP of Westchester Wendy Armstrong Interim Senior Director, Programs & Evaluation Katie Pfeifer Director of Communications Tony Fasciano Director, Community Engagement for New Rochelle Julie Konvisser Office Administrator Jane Shelton Volunteer & Nonprofit Engagement Manager Jessica Friedlander


Jyothi Dontha Salesforce Administrator Interim Director, Corporate Relations & Service Events Jennifer Machuca Corporate Relations & Service Events Manager Nicole Lowrance Corporate Relations & Service Events Manager Elizabeth Parra Development Associate Julie Musicus Administrative Assistant Gianna Mosca C O N S U LT A N T S

Facilitator, Leadership Westchester David Severance Assistant Facilitator, Leadership Westchester Melissa Swartz Grant Writer Alison Paul

Thank you, Volunteers! Volunteer New York! is extremely grateful to the following individuals for supporting our organization in immeasurable ways. Over the last year these volunteers used their professional skills, talents, and passions to help stretch our organizational capacity. Jan Albanese Roz Alexander Joseph Ali Amy Allen Cheryl Baun Abigail Beal Donalee Berard Alex Bonci Mitchell Brill Jacqueline Cannino Jacqueline Cassagnol Joseph Coe Jacqueline Coleman-Fried Amy Cooper Kim Cross Rev. Noelle Damico Eileen Davidson Leslie Demus Angela Derecas Taylor Sharon Douglas Paul Ducker Alexandra Duenas Kevin Dwarka Julia Emrick Daly Flanagan Marissa Fremont Ally Gallin Daniel Garcia Danielle Garcia Michael Garcia Anna Giordano Jean Glassman Jill Gottlieb Lynn Green Christine Gritmon Dustin Hausner

Risa Hoag Sabrina Hosang Jordan Jason Horowitz Jonathan Hotz Kenny Herzog Sara James Alan Kelsey Joseph Kenner Joanne Kirkpatrick Lewis Koflowitz Ellie Konvisser Maddie Konvisser Anahaita Kotval Susan Kushner Lydia Kris Marjorie Lang Teresa Lombardi Carmen MartĂ­nez-LĂłpez Sharon McKenzie Wilma Mendez-Bernardo Belinda Miles Jason Mirvis Grant Mitchell Joan Monk Ellen Morgenstern Laura Newman Rachele Nicoletti Kayla Nuovo Baghdad Numi Elena Oasis Frandy Oasis Eunice Parkes Laura Picone Robert Pitkofsky Nicholas Preddice Andrea Putnam

Nathalie Riobe-Taylor Donna Roberts Moshe Rabinowitz Albert (Doug) Rogers Markham F. Rollins, III Laura Rossi Susan Russ Lauren Safian Linda Salamon Ellen Salant Evangelina Sayseng Maddy Schiering Paul Schneiderman Kathy Seissler Amy Seiden Judy Siegel Steven Sonet Katherine Stipicevic Christine Stufano Melissa Swartz Joanne Taylor Shelley Tucker-Critz Hellen Tunkiar Joe Valenti Francine Vernon Alicia Ward Dart Wastphal Natasha Weinstein Peter Weinstein Wendy Weinstein Gregory White Frank Williams Genna Woods Richard Yuen Debra Zinn

If we inadvertently omitted your name or made an error, please bring it to our attention at evieselmeyer@volunteernewyork.org.


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Hector Rodriguez Rising Ground risingground.org / Presented by MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc. As Hector Rodriguez begins to tell his story, he stops for a moment to reflect. “Sometimes things simply come full circle,� he says. Hector was born in Puerto Rico. His mother died during childbirth, and he was raised by his father and his grandmother until age 4, when his family made the difficult decision to send young Hector to New York to be raised and adopted by his aunt. He was fortunate, Hector says, to have been part of a family and a culture that surrounded him and provided a safety net and a path to grow and flourish. As a result of his life experience, Hector has great compassion and empathy for Rising Ground’s Passage of Hope program that offers assistance to unaccompanied migrant children ages 4 to 17. When he retired five years ago, Hector was intent on using his skills to volunteer in a meaningful way. Through a friend, he heard about Passage of Hope and their need for volunteers that meet a very specific list of qualifications. Not only is Hector bilingual and familiar with Hispanic culture, he has a degree from Columbia School of Social Work and the experience that comes from being a social worker for many years. Lastly, Hector was willing to be consistent with his time at the program so that the fragile and traumatized children could benefit from his understanding smile and stalwart presence. Hector lives in Yonkers with his wife, Elizabeth, a retired 4th grade teacher. Together they have an adult son, Richard, who lives in Manhattan. In his spare time, Hector is a member of writing groups at Sarah Lawrence College and Will Library in Yonkers. He says that he finds sharing his feelings and experiences through his writing to be cathartic.



Gale Pisha Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Group sierraclub.org / Presented by Westchester Community Foundation Gale Pisha laughs when she says that she has lived in Rockland County for so long that she remembers when the original Tappan Zee Bridge was built. She also recalls volunteering in high school as a candy striper at Nyack Hospital where she earned her 75-hour pin. Rockland County always has been home and an anchor to Gale. It’s the place where she was born and raised. It’s where she served as a special needs teacher for seven years. It includes Valley Cottage and Nanuet, where she and her husband, Louis, raised their children and the place where she cared for her ailing mother-in-law for a number of years. With such a strong emotional connection to her community and surroundings, it’s no wonder why Gale cares so deeply about the environment and how it impacts every aspect of life. In the mid-90s, Gale and her husband joined the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group as a way to get their son Louis and daughter Catherine out of the house on weekends and enjoy nature together as a family. Eventually though, as Gale had more time to give, she felt the pull of her nagging concern for the environment. She remembers being worried for the planet and where things were headed. In 2012, she joined Sierra Club’s local work to defeat a proposal to establish a highly energy-intensive desalinization plant to supply drinking water for the county. Volunteering, Gale says, gave her passion a focus and spawned an entirely new and unexpected career as an advocate for the environment. Today Gale devotes between 30 to 50 hours a week to environmental commitments at the local and state level. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group and has been elected an At Large Delegate to the Executive Committee of the New York State chapter of the Sierra Club. Through her experience as a volunteer, Gale says that she has grown a lot and found her voice. Her advice to others? If you see a problem in your community, don’t get discouraged – do something about it.




Abe Baker-Butler Students Against Nicotine studentsagainstnicotine.org / Presented by PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP In addition to being an exceptional student, Blind Brook High School senior Abe BakerButler has amassed a list of accomplishments outside the classroom that would take most people a lifetime to achieve. He is the executive director and co-founder of Students Against Nicotine and was instrumental in the passage of Westchester County’s Tobacco 21 legislation. He is the co-founder of the Westchester Student Coalition Against Gun Violence, and he serves as vice president of the Westchester Youth Advisory Board. He has conducted original neuroscience research on Alzheimer’s and sleep at NYU-Langone Health. In 2019, he was named as a Bronfman Fellow and selected by the New York State Department of Education as one of New York’s two delegates to the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Most recently, Abe was selected as a 2020 Coca-Cola Scholar, one of 150 selected from a pool of 93,075 candidates nationwide. All that, and Abe still finds time for extracurricular activities like Model UN and playing saxophone in the Blind Brook Jazz Ensemble. Abe credits his parents and his Jewish heritage with instilling a strong value of volunteerism in him at an early age. He first began volunteering in middle school preparing meals for people in need at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Port Chester. Then, in eighth grade he developed an oral history project for his synagogue, Congregation KTI, which really turned him on to the power of volunteering with others. Abe recalls “I thought, ‘If I could do that on my own, just imagine what I could do working with other people.’ ” Through his involvement with UJA-Federation of New York and J-Teen Leadership, Abe saw firsthand the impact that teens can have working together on community service projects. That experience compelled him to tackle two of the biggest issues facing young people in America today – vaping and gun violence – through social action and legislative advocacy. Now, as Abe gets ready to attend Yale in the fall, he looks back and cannot imagine high school without volunteering. He hopes his experience can inspire other youth to take action in their communities.“Find what fuels your passion and gives meaning to your life, and the rest will follow,” he says.



Ana Yee Gilda’s Club Westchester gildasclubwestchester.org / Presented by PCSB Bank Growing up, Ana Yee’s father, a diplomat to El Salvador, saw firsthand how helping others could help build a better community. One day while cooking food together as a family to donate to a local shelter, he said, “Imagine if everyone did something to give back, what a wonderful place our world would be.” His words stuck with Ana and continue to guide her to this day. A longtime resident of White Plains, Ana has made elevating her community her priority. Fourteen years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer, Ana turned to Gilda’s Club Westchester, which offers resources to those whose lives have been touched by the illness, for support. To give back, Ana became a Gilda’s Club volunteer in 2012 and devotes more than 150 hours to the organization each year. But, she wanted to do more and thought about how she could make an even bigger impact. As a key member of the Berkeley College Career Services team, Ana led the effort to make Gilda’s Club part of Berkeley College’s annual Community Service Week initiative, where faculty, staff, students and alumni serve at more than 40 nonprofits and community organizations each year. As the Gilda’s site captain, Ana leads a Berkeley team in planting flowers and beautifying the grounds each May, a service that Gilda’s has come to rely on and celebrate. Ana also shares her passion for helping young people with the White Plains Youth Bureau, which works with 2,000 youths every day in the city she calls home. She helps students acquire mentors, resources and contacts and even helps them dress for success. She also spearheads the Bureau’s Thanksgiving drive where Berkeley College donate turkeys and staff provide fixings to feed more than 75 families. Ana’s team also has fulfilled holiday wish lists for more than 100 local children. Ana believes volunteerism not only changes the lives of those being served, but also those in service. “Do one nice thing for someone else,” she says, “and it will brighten your day.”




Amy Tietz Friends of New Rochelle Public Library nrpl.org/friends-of-the-nrpl / Presented by Regeneron Amy Tietz’s passion for community involvement was instilled at an early age. “I grew up in Queens in the 60s and 70s and did lots of marching and protesting,” says Amy. Her parents were vocal advocates for fair housing, and her mother was the president of the League of Women Voters and later became an active member of the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL). After her mother passed, Amy received a call from the president of the NRPL who asked her if she would volunteer. She didn’t have to ask twice. Amy, a recent corporate retiree with a background in customer service and marketing, began volunteering with the NRPL in 2005. Her leadership, intellect and dedication were quickly recognized, and she was asked to become the organization’s president in 2017. Today Amy can be found at the library at least three full days a week, overseeing the multitude of tasks being performed by the Friends’ active members, including a 15-member board and 20 active volunteers ages 16 to 101, a bookstore and warehouse with over 30,000 gently-used volumes, and mailings to the 400+ current Friends. She also advocates for the NRPL at City Council and other public meetings to ensure that the library can continue to deliver on its mission for the benefit of the community. Not your typical fundraising group, the Friends of the NRPL “recycle” thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and other published materials each year and sell them at extremely affordable prices, raising an average of $75,000 annually to support the library and the more than 500 public programs it offers each year, while ensuring that everyone in the community can own a book. “It’s important to have an educated populace, and that’s something the Friends take seriously,” says Amy. “We can’t have a democracy without education and literacy to learn and understand each other.” In addition to the Friends of the NRPL, Amy has volunteered with the Village Light Opera in NYC for over 40 years. Amy shares her passion for volunteering with her husband Michael, a conductor, and son Benjamin, a producer in Brooklyn, who to no one’s surprise is a voracious reader.



Duke Searles Montrose VA Food Pantry hudsonvalley.va.gov / Presented by WMCHealth Duke Searles knows the pain of hunger. A Vietnam veteran, he went through many dark days after the war battling PTSD, addictions and homelessness, before putting his life back on a positive path. “I was ready to give up,” says Duke, but thanks to staff and friends at the VA who encouraged him to seek help, today he is the one helping fellow veterans and their families as the volunteer director of the Montrose VA Food Pantry. Duke knew firsthand the struggles that veterans face trying to get back on their feet, so 20 years ago he started volunteering at the Montrose VA Food Pantry. One of only two food pantries attached to VA facilities in New York, it has grown under Duke’s leadership from a small broom closet to a large and plentiful pantry filled with fresh produce and a variety of meats that serves nearly 2,500 households each year. Open three days a week, the pantry is run by a group of 8-10 committed volunteers, including Duke’s wife, Ellen, and his best friend, James, also a veteran. In addition to sorting and stocking the shelves, the pantry’s volunteers always make the veterans and their families feel welcome, even setting aside a favorite item or two. When Duke isn’t at the pantry, he’s out in the community, spreading the word about the pantry to bring in donations and volunteers. Thanks to his outreach, the pantry received a new van to transport food and a number of industrial refrigerators and freezers from local donors. He also has partnered with service organizations such as the Elks, Masons, American Legion and Girl Scouts to host monthly food drives to help the pantry feed as many veterans as possible. Duke and Ellen have two grown sons, five grandchildren, one great-grandson and were blessed to foster 10 wonderful children along the way. In his spare time, Duke enjoys bowling with his buddies and listening to jazz music. He also has been a proud member of Volunteer New York!’s RSVP of Westchester program for more than 12 years. When talking about his volunteer journey, Duke says, “It has given me rewards beyond my wildest dreams.”



The Gallin Family

2020 LEGACY AWARD Presented by Volunteer New York!’s Board of Directors, it is Volunteer New York!’s privilege to honor the Gallin Family (Ally, Tom and Jake) with the 2020 Legacy Award. The Gallins are being recognized for their incredible shared passion for giving back to our community through Stars for Cars and Volunteer New York!, among countless other local organizations. The Gallin Family is a staple in the New Rochelle community and truly a part of the Volunteer New York! family. Jake founded Stars for Cars in 2011, and then formed a partnership with the USO of Metropolitan New York, to raise awareness of the sacrifices that heroic military families make when a loved one is called into service. Jake conceived the design of star-shaped magnetic car decals that state, “We Support Blue Star & Gold Star Military Families” and began to sell them both in person and online. Jake also inspired more students his age and adults across the country to pause three times a year for the 3 Holidays Announcement in schools on or before 9/11, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day to acknowledge the sacrifices made by military families. In 2012 Jake was honored with the New York Life Youth Leader Award at the Volunteer Spirit Awards. Since that time, Stars for Cars has grown to all 50 states, and Jake, with the support of his family, has devoted thousands of volunteer hours and raised thousands of dollars for the USO. Since 2011, Stars for Cars has grown to all 50 states, and Jake, with the support of his family, has devoted thousands of volunteer hours and raised thousands of dollars for the USO. It is no surprise that Jake saw a need and immediately sought a way to help. His mother, Ally, and father, Tom, had already been leading by example through their involvement in the community, schools and parish. Ally is an active member of Volunteer New York!’s Board of Directors and she recently served on the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala Committee. Tom is frequently seen biking miles alongside his son, to West Point and back, to raise money and awareness for the USO. You will regularly find the entire family volunteering together at Volunteer New York’s 9/11 and MLK Community-Wide Days of Service and marching with Stars for Cars in New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving Parade. For the Gallins, it is the volunteer hours that matter most. Because as Ally recently shared, “those hours are the centerpiece of our family. It’s what we do.”


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TOMORROW ALONG THE HUDSON WHAT THE SHUTDOWN AND DECOMMISSIONING OF INDIAN POINT ENERGY CENTER WILL MEAN FOR OUR AREA. The nuclear power plants at Indian Point have powered New York City and Westchester County for nearly 60 years. Now, due to challenging economic conditions and an agreement with the state of New York, Indian Point will stop generating electricity and permanently shut down by April 2021. After shutdown Indian Point will transition to decommissioning, a federally-regulated process that will ultimately return the land to a new productive use. Entergy has taken the first step by selecting a leading decommissioning company as our partner, Holtec International. Here are a few things New Yorkers should know about the Holtec plan: Decades Sooner — With Holtec, decommissioning will begin immediately, allowing the site to be repurposed as much as 40 years sooner than if Entergy were to remain the owner of Indian Point. Holtec’s plan calls for completion of major decommissioning activities by the 2030s, decades sooner than it would take Entergy to complete decommissioning. Decommissioning Expertise — Holtec and its expert team have decades of experience managing large decommissioning projects around the world. Employee Retention — Holtec will begin the decommissioning process promptly upon taking ownership and will provide job opportunities for more than 300 of our current employees who want to remain in the region and continue to work at the site. Spent Fuel Management — Holtec is the global leader in spent nuclear fuel storage technology and transport. Holtec will transfer all of Indian Point’s spent nuclear fuel to secure canisters designed to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and other events within about three years of shutdown. As we work toward an orderly shutdown, safety remains our top priority. Indian Point is ranked in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s top column for safety and we fully intend to continue our strong safety record over our final months of operation. The NRC will regulate decommissioning at Indian Point and a citizen’s advisory board is already in place. As of today, more than 34 U.S. nuclear plants have safely completed decommissioning or are in the process of doing so. To learn more about Holtec’s plan for prompt decommissioning, visit: www.indianpointdecommissioning.com www.holtecinternational.com www.hdi-decom.com

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The Gallin Family Congratulates our brother Tom, our sister-in-law Ally and our nephew Jake on their well-deserved honor.

Nel and Tom would have been proud

T&B Volunteer New York! Congratulations on your

40th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards We salute Volunteer New York! for all they do to make our community a better place to live and work.


The Varian Family . . . Dennis, Paul, Mark, Elaine, Greg & Maura


- The Gallin Family . . . Tom, Ally & Jake for their Dedication and Inspiration!

Congratulations to the Gallin Family from...

Varian Law Firm

145 Huguenot Street, Suite 402 New Rochelle, NY (914) 632-0332 ••• VarianLawFirm.com

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40th Annual Volunteer New York! Spirit Awards We uphold our commitment to the communities that have welcomed us, give generously to our neighbors and embody our core value of embracing humanity every day. We are passionate about actively engaging in volunteerism and philanthropic opportunities as well as providing assistance globally and in local areas. Learn more at MGMRESORTS.COM/FOCUSED

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Thanks for making a difference.

It’s an honor to celebrate the things that bring our community together.

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Congratulations to this year’s

VSA Honorees. Volunteer New York! continues to do the important work of connecting people during these extraordinary times.


If you’re a nonprofit‌ Fundraiser Board member Executive Director Communications Professional You Belong Here. Congratulations to the 2020 Volunteer Spirit Award winners!

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Jake, Ally and Tom,

Jake, Ally Tom, Congratulations on alland your hard work and efforts for the Volunteer Spirit Awards and military families. Congratulations on all your hard work and efforts for the Volunteer Spirit Awards and Love, military families. Mike and Maribel

Nel and Tom are looking down on you proudly!

Nel and Tom are looking down on you proudly! Love, Mike and Maribel



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Congratulations to

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Amy Tietz +

Gale Pisha +

Ana Yee +

Hector Rodriguez +

Duke Searles +

Abe Baker-Butler with Best Wishes for Continued Success to T 914 761 1300 | F 914 761 5372 cuddyfeder.com

Volunteer New York!

Our mission is to develop therapies that restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. www.acorda.com

© 2020 Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. All rights reserved.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Volunteer Spirit AWARD winners!

70 years of Volunteer New York! And a Special Congratulations to the Gallin Family on the “Legacy Award”. A fabulous family that supports and gives back to the community and non-profits. Your Friend . . . Laura Matthews

Matthews & Co, LLP Certified Public Accountants 270 Madison Avenue, 16 Fl New York, NY 10016 212-293-5100 www.matthewsco.com


compassionate Berkeley College congratulates Ana Yee on receiving a Volunteer Spirit Award for her work with Gilda’s Club Westchester and the White Plains Youth Bureau.

Ana Yee Director of Alumni Career Services and Quality Control, Berkeley College


Gallin Family!

For all the great work you do for our military and their families. GREAT GIFTS FOR GREAT INDUSTRIES

1-800-223-9866 www.Apple Cookies.com

Coldwell Banker Dobbs Ferry would like to congratulate the Gallin family for receiving the “Volunteer Spirit Award”. We’d also like to thank them for their continued support of our military families through their “Stars for Cars” foundation.

ColdwellBankerHomes.com Six Cedar Street | Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 | 914.693.5476 ©2020 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

Grassi applauds

The Gallin Family and supports

Volunteer New York! Steven Goldstein, CPA Partner, Westchester Office Market Leader sgoldstein@grassicpas.com | 212.223.5034 grassicpas.com

250 Fulton Avenue

Garden City Park, NY 11040

(516) 746-7300

The Gallin Family

Congratulations to Tom, Ally and Jake Gallin and the rest of this year’s winners. The Davey Family & Mercy Center, Bronx, NY

The Hundred Year Association of New York recognizes century-old businesses and organizations who through their enduring contributions make the New York Metropolitan area a better place to work and live. This morning we are proud to honor


John Gallin & Son founded 1886

Stars for Cars founded 2011

And offer our heartfelt support to Volunteer New York! (eligible for membership in 2050) www.100yearassociation.com

Congratulations to the Gallin Family on your much deserved Legacy Award!

Ally, We are grateful for your hard work, incredible spirit and unwavering friendship! From the VSA Steering Committee Joanne, Susan, Abbe, Jean, Kourtney, Lydia and Eunice

Pentegra congratulates the 2020 winners of the

We are proud to support Volunteer Spirit Awards.

Volunteer New York!

Thank you for making a difference and for your amazing contributions to your communities!


Expect Extraordinary.

John J. Murphy Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking

21 Scarsdale Road Yonkers, NY 10707 Retirement plan and fiduciary solutions that make a difference for businesses and 914-768-6859 their employees. snb.com jmurphy@snb.com

Pentegra congratulates the 2020 winners of the Volunteer Spirit Awards. Thank you for making a difference and for your amazing contributions to your communities!

www.pentegra.com Retirement plan and fiduciary solutions that make a difference for businesses and their employees.

BECAUSE HELPING OTHERS is what matters most. Learn how we live up to you. Visit WebsterBank.com

The Webster symbol is a registered trademark in the U.S. Webster Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender ©2018 Webster Financial Corporation. All rights reserved.

A PROUD PARTNER OF VOLUNTEER NEW YORK! Volunteer New York!’s mission to Connect, Serve and Grow is a commitment we believe in, and a responsibility we live up to. As the largest multi-specialty medical group in Westchester and Fairfield, we know that building a healthier community starts with us.

Learn more about Westmed’s Corporate Volunteer Programs at westmedgroup.com/citizenship

The Bagel Emporium is proud to support Volunteer New York! Congratulations to all of this year’s Spirit Award winners!




Congratulations to all winners of the

2020 Spirit Awards 2017Volunteer Volunteer Spirit Awards From Jamie Stein The Proud 2011 Winner of the Volunteer New York! From Jamie Stein a proud of the New York Life Youth Leader Award New 2011 York Winner Life Youth Leader Award



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Congratulations To All the Honorees

Risa Hoag is proud to sit on the Rockland Advisory Council for Volunteer New York!

Award-winning creati vit y to put your business in the spotlight!


845-627-3000 | risa@gmgpr.com NYS & NYC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise Risa B. Hoag

Public Relations | Marketing | Event Planning | Social Media

For a full list of upcoming non profit and business networking events, visit WestRockNetworking.com

Congratulations Tom & Ally Job Well Done! Paul Spiegel

Congratulations to the Dynamic VALERIE MASON CUNNINGHAM Volunteer New York, Board Chair Volunteer Spirit Awards Honorees Best wishes to Alisa Kestin & Thanks for Your Service! Warmly,

Sister to Sister International (STSI) Board, Members & STEAM Sistahs

Cheryl Brannan, Founder


B I AG IO “G I NO” B ELLO Associate Real Estate Broker

M 917.653.4099 gbello@houlihanlawrence.com www.GinoBelloHomes.com

Experience. Service. Results. 2 3 7 M A M A R O N E C K AV E N U E , W H I T E P L A I N S

Congratulations to the Gallin Family for this amazing honor! We are so proud of you, and thrilled to be a part of this special day! The Gottschall Family

Congratulations to the Gallin Family on your Legacy Award! Thomas Mole Architectural Hardware, Inc. Builders & Contract Hardware Doors & Frames

Happy 70th Anniversary! With gratitude to Volunteer New York! For all you do as New Rochelle’s Partner in Volunteerism Mayor Noam Bramson

Congratulations to The Gallin Family on their 2020 Legacy Award! Gerald Wetzel Wetzel Contracting Corp. Acoustical and Lathing Contractors

Congratulations to The Gallin Family on their 2020 Legacy Award from

Tomorrow’s leaders salute all the Volunteer Spirit Award winners who are living their mission, vision and purpose today. Leadership Westchester, Class of 2020

Alida, Jake, and Tom,

We are proud of you and congratulations on this well-deserved honor. Love, Jared, Marilyn, Michael, and Sarah Hodes

Network!Network! Salutes the Gallin Family for this richly deserved honor!

Congratulations to The Gallin Family on their well-deserved Legacy Award. With Best Wishes, Peter Blau and Commercial Electrical Contractors, Inc.

We congratulate

Hector Rodriguez 2020 SOCIAL ADVOCACY AWARD

Hector, thank you for all that you do! Your volunteer work with children in our Passage of Hope Unaccompanied Migrant Child program is greatly appreciated, and your efforts are truly making a difference. Our children are lucky to have you, and so are we!


Congratulations Gallin Family!

Your Friends at

Heartfelt Congratulations to The Gallin Family, Legacy Award Honorees & Amy Tietz, Education & Literacy Award Honoree For all they do for the New Rochelle Public Library Chris Selin, President New Rochelle Public Library Foundation

Congratulations To The Gallin Family 2020 Volunteer New York! Legacy Award Winner P.E. Stone, Inc. Electrical Construction 50 Watts Street New York, New York 10013

We are happy to support Volunteer New York and Congratulations to the Award Winners Amy Tietz, Gale Pisha, Ana Yee, Hector Rodriguez, Duke Searles and Abe Baker-Butler 914.769.2020 914.769.4680 cs@sirspeedypleasantville.com www.sirspeedy.com/pleasantville 467 Bedford Road, Pleasantville NY 10570

Jake, Ally and Tom Gallin

Thank you for your many years of bringing peace, love and light to our communities. Your contributions continue to change lives. Congratulations!

-Kourtney and Luke Ketterhagen

Yoga. Meditation. Wellness. Seminars and Trainings: www.LukeKetterhagen.com


Amy Tietz and The Gallin Family The best of New Rochelle! Stephanie and Joe Tomei CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF TODAY’S HONOREES

Congratulations to Transformation Award Winner Duke Searles and all RSVP Volunteers!

most especially

Thank you for the amazing work you do! Amy Tietz From the Team at Volunteer New York! and

The Gallin Family

The best of New Rochelle! Stephanie and Joe Tomei


70th Anniversary Gala - Oct. 13, 2020 2021 Volunteer Spirit Awards - April 9, 2021

Follow us to your next opportunity! @VOLUNTEERNYNOW


70 YEARS OF IMPACT (AND COUNTING) 2020 is our 70th anniversary as the expert and go-to resource for local volunteerism. We planned an entire #VNY70 celebratory year, which included longtime, highly anticipated events (like this one), as well as exciting new initiatives and calls-to-actions! As our current priority is on supporting the most vulnerable in our community being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as strictly following guidance from medical officials to safeguard public health, there have been changes to our upcoming events and programming. Check our event calendar at volunteernewyork.org/VNY70 for the latest updates. For 70 years we have been responding to pressing needs as they arise—and this year is no different. The challenging days we’re in now will eventually pass. As long as there are volunteers in this world, the future will always be bright. 2000 - STARTED MATCHING VOLUNTEERS ONLINE 2010 - BEGAN ORGANIZING ANNUAL COMMUNITY ACTION DAYS 2020 - TODAY WE INSPIRE OVER 26,000 VOLUNTEERS A YEAR MOBILIZED VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER CENTER TO HELP COORDINATE COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE VOLUNTEERNEWYORK.ORG/VVC

Volunteer New York! 220 White Plains Road | Tarrytown, NY 10591 | 914-948-4452

Michael A. Grossman Brendan J. Kolnick Barry Lefkowitz Commercial Real Estate Advisors & Investors www.magrea.com

Salutes Volunteer New York! and the 2020 Volunteer Spirit Award Honorees With special congratulations to Legacy Award Winners

The Gallin Family






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