Editor's Note: Thanks to Betsy Steward for sharing the news on Patch.
The Association of Development Officers hosted its 10th annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Tappan Hill, in Tarrytown.
The breakfast honored those who have made a positive impact in the nonprofit community, either through their philanthropic efforts or their dedication to their mission in the roles of Philanthropist, Nonprofit Board Member, Corporate or Foundation, Professional Fundraiser, and Youth. As always, this year’s crowd included a large representation of nonprofits and the organizations that support them among the 245 guests.
Jaclyn Carlin, a senior at Scarsdale High School, received the Youth in Philanthropy Award for her commitment to empowering children to change their own lives through her work with Westchester Jewish Community Services’ "Amazing Afternoons" (Mount Vernon). Carlin thanked her mentor, Mary Figuero, who "taught me that everything is possible."
Sharon Bendersky, Director of Tax Audits and Non Income Corporate Finance at New York Stock Exchange Euronet, was named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year for her work as a Board Member with St. Christopher’s, Inc. Sharon credited her parents with teaching her how to value generosity. She quoted her father, whose wise advice made a lasting impression. He said, "A single dollar can change a person's life."
David Schribman, White Plains Rotary President, accepted the Community Partner Award on behalf of White Plains Rotary. He noted that "Rotary’s main objective is service," and that the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide value service above self. Referring to the storms in recent weeks, he said that "ADO reminds us that philanthropy is so needed in the world."
Grace Ferri, VP of Development and Marketing at United Hebrew of New Rochelle, was thrilled to accept her award as Professional Fundraiser of the Year. In thanking her colleagues at United Hebrew, Ferri noted that "success in business happens through the connections we make as human beings." She dedicated her award to her parents, and noted that "the greatest impact we have is loving what we do: it affects our family, our colleagues and the world around us."
Markham F. Rollins, III, President of The Rollins Agency accepted his award for Nonprofit Board Member of the Year "on behalf of all the non-profit board members in our area." Mark, who was nominated for his Board work by both The Volunteer Center of United Way and Family Services of Westchester, acknowledged that volunteer service comes with sacrifices but gives back so much, and said that his board service has allowed him to "make substantial changes to our community. Board service has changed the way I look at living and at my life."
Lucille Geraci-Miranda, ADO’s immediate Past President, received the Peter J. Gallagher Award for Leadership & Service to ADO. Lucille has been involved with ADO since the very first Awards event in 2003. In accepting her award, she noted that "time, energy and talent -- what else can you give when you're passionate about what you do?"
ADO Philanthropy Day Breakfast Co-chairs, Kurt Kannemeyer, of St. Christopher’s, Inc., and Susan Dishart, of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, shared the podium to introduce the winners, along with ADO Co-Presidents Paula Barbag and Deborah Wilson. ADO is dedicated to the advancement of fundraising and philanthropy in the Hudson Valley Region, and its members have joined together since 1980 to raise public awareness and interest in philanthropy and charitable giving. The organization promotes high ethical fundraising standards and provides educational opportunities for those involved or interested in the field of fundraising.
To learn more about ADO and its programs, visit www.adoonline.org.