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RE-LIVE THE #VSATOGETHER LIVESTREAM THAT PREMIERED APRIL 7
 
Use these companion student guides to enrich viewing experience for youth watching at home:
 

"Just because we can't be in the same room, doesn't mean we can't bring our community together"
 

 

2020 Volunteer Spirit Awards Benefit Journal

Read more about this year's honorees!
 


 

Show Us Where You Are!

#VSATOGETHER is about bringing community together and recognizing helpers. Let's make a spark on social media by sharing pictures/selfies to social media and stories that show how we are all connected! Snap a photo of yourself watching the presentation and use the hashtag #VSATOGETHER (tag @volunteerNYnow for reshare!)

 

 
 

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

AMY TIETZ
with Friends of New Rochelle
Public Library
Presented by Regeneron
 
 

Going Green Award

GALE PISHA
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

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

 

Transformation Award

DUKE SEARLES
with Montrose VA Food Pantry
Presented by WMCHealth

 

Youth Leadership Award

ABE BAKER-BUTLER
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

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

 

2020 LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT

THE GALLIN FAMILY
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."

 

Learn more about this year's winners on Westchester Talk Radio:

 

A Look Inside Past VSA Events!

 

 
 

    

 

 

 

 

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