It is our privilege to announce that Deborah Fay of Entergy will be presented with the distinctive 2021 Legacy Award by the Volunteer New York! Board of Directors at the 41st Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Deborah (Deb) has been a longtime friend to Volunteer New York! and countless other local nonprofits and she is a staunch believer in the power of volunteerism to join communities together for the greater good.
Deb joined Entergy integrated energy company in 2002 and is currently Manager of Government Affairs in New York State. She also serves as the company's Corporate Contributions Coordinator supporting Entergy's commitment to social responsibility, which has contributed over $30 million over 20 years to more than 100 organizations. Deb was eager to take on this special role to continue the company's legacy of supporting local nonprofit organizations and support the community in which she lives and works.
In addition to her role at Entergy, Deb volunteers as a Director on the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Board. She has also served on the boards of Westchester Library System, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Cortlandt Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers, and The Paramount Center for the Arts. Deb is the former Deputy Mayor for the Village of Buchanan, where she and her husband, Richard, reside and are the proud parents of daughters Meredith and Deidre.
Deb's legacy of service first began in childhood with her mother encouraging volunteer activities with the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society, instilling in her the idea that "volunteering is not an option, it's an obligation." She has continued to follow this motto throughout her work and personal life by supporting causes that celebrate local volunteerism and has inspired her daughters to become volunteers themselves.
Check out last year's Volunteer Spirit Awards below:
The 40th Annual Volunteers Spirit Awards were presented by Con Edison on April 7, 2020.
“If you love to do something, WHAT IS STOPPING YOU from doing it? Make the time.
Show your passion. SHINE ON.”- A. Celeste
Education & Literacy Award
with Friends of New Rochelle
Presented by Regeneron
Going Green Award
with Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Group
Presented by Westchester Community Foundation
Quality of Life Award
ANA YEE with Gilda's Club Westchester
Presented by PCSB Bank
Social Advocacy Award
with Rising Ground
Presented by MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
with Montrose VA Food Pantry
Presented by WMCHealth
Youth Leadership Award
with Students Against Nicotine
Presented by PKF O'Connor Davis, LLP
2020 Event Sponsors
Brainlink International, Inc.
Brookline Mechanical, Inc.
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Godsell Construction Corp.
Harrison Edwards PR
John Gallin & Son
MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
NorthEast Community Bank
Orca Mechanical, Inc.
PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
Mark and Jody Rollins
Pierpont Mechanical Corp.
Sterling National Bank
The Artina Group
Westchester Community Foundation
White Plains Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
2020 LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT
THE GALLIN FAMILY
The Board of Volunteer New York!
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 distinctive 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.
It all started with a young Jake who, at the age of eight, was moved by the statistic that 1% of our nation is serving and protecting the other 99%. That immediately became more than a number as Jake witnessed a Gold Star mother share the pride and pain of the loss of her son who died in Iraq at age 20 while fighting for our country. He quickly looked for a way to help bring attention to support and honor service members and their families.
In partnership with the USO of Metropolitan New York, Jake founded Stars for Cars 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.
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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