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The 41st Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards will take place Friday, April 9, 2021
2021 nominations are now open thru Nov.16!



A look back at our first major virtual community event!
The 40th Annual Volunteers Spirit Awards were presented by Con Edison on April 7, 2020.
"Just because we can't be in the
same room doesn't mean we can't
bring our community together"

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2020 Volunteer Spirit Awards Benefit Journal
Read more about this year's honorees!



2020 Volunteer Spirit Award Winners
“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
Public Library
Presented by Regeneron

Going Green Award

with Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Group
Presented by Westchester Community Foundation


Quality of Life Award

with Gilda's Club Westchester
Presented by PCSB Bank


Social Advocacy Award

with Rising Ground
Presented by MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc.


Transformation Award

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.

Con Edison


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

Webster Bank

Westchester Community Foundation

White Plains Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital




Presented by
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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2020 Benefit Committee


Joseph L. Ali, Co-Chair

Christopher Gallin, Co-Chair

Michael Gallin, Co-Chair

Hon. Noam Bramson

David Bresler

Dominick Bullaro

Daniel Castner

Marshall Fulton

Anthony Galano, III

Gertrude & Robert Gallin

John Godsell

Rajesh Goel

Steven Goldstein

Andrea & David Gottschall

Marilyn & Michael Hodes

Stan Judovits

Kourtney & Luke Ketterhagen

Alicia & Bryan Knust

Michael Malherb

Laura Matthews

John McCarthy

Nora & James McMillan

Chris Nullet

Kevin O'Shea

Josephine & Gary Pezzella

John Raucci

William Rivera

Ted Rubel

Christina Selin

Gregory Varian

William White

Brian Whiting




2020 Steering Committee


Joanne Kirkpatrick, Chair

Jean Glassman

Kourtney Ketterhagen

Lydia Kris

Susan Kushner

Eunice Parkes

Abbe P. Stein, Esq.





2020 Award Judges


Amy Allen

Eileen Davidson

Jean Glassman

Jill Gottlieb

Sara James

Joseph Kenner

Grant E. Mitchell, MD

Katherine Stipicevic

Genna Woods