WATCH LIVE TUESDAY, APRIL 7 from 12PM-1PM EST
Just because we can't be in the same room, doesn't mean we can't bring the community to you!
We're excited to share that in place of our traditional breakfast, honorees will recognized during this special live-streaming event. There is no advanced registration required. Please share and let's all watch #VSATOGETHER!
Simply come back to this page on Tuesday, April 7 at NOON EST
P.S. Bring your lunch!
Please note that all reservations for this event are nonrefundable. Please contact us for more info.
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As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, now is the time to rally together to support the people and organizations most impacted. The Volunteer Spirit Awards is our major fundraising event of the year. This one event provides a substantial amount of our budget that makes our free public services possible.
As many are asking how they can support us in light of the difficult decision to cancel this major in-person fundraiser, please visit our donate page and donate whatever is meaningful to you. Or consider starting a fundraiser.
Volunteer New York! is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, and your donation will be eligible for an IRS tax deduction.
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
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.
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.
Godsell Construction Corp.
MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Pierpont Mechanical Corp.
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."
A Look Inside Past VSA Events!
2020 Benefit Committee
Christopher Gallin, Co-Chair
Andrea & David Gottschall
Kourtney & Luke Ketterhagen
Josephine & Gary Pezzella
2020 Steering Committee
Joanne Kirkpatrick, Chair
2020 Award Judges