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musicaltheatreHitchcock Presbyterian Church is proud to sponsor the second annual benefit concert for Midnight Run, an organization that feeds and clothes the homeless in NYC, on Sunday, November 21 at 4 PM. The program, entitled "The Best of Musical Theater by the Stars of Tomorrow" will feature four spectacular voice students of Shirley Love, a local Hartsdale resident and former singer at the Metropolitan Opera. The program will include works by Bernstein, Gershwin, Sondheim and Kurt Weill.

This fun event for the entire family will be followed by a reception, where people can meet the artists and participate in other giving opportunities in support of Midnight Run. All tickets are $15 and can be ordered in advance through the church office at (914) 723-3311. This event was very popular last year, so make sure you get your tickets early!

Hitchcock Church
6 Greenacres Avenue
Scarsdale
For tickets, call (914) 723-3311

 

 

mysistersplaceMy Sister’s Place hosted their annual luncheon at Brae Burn Country Club on Thursday October 28th. The focus of the luncheon was “Media, Technology, Violence and our Children, and the excellent group of panelists and their enthusiasm for a good cause brought out 400 guests. The pre-election event also attracted many candidates running for office the following Tuesday.

Event Co-Chair Libby Pataki, wife of former Governor Pataki greeted the group and credited My Sister’s Place for their important role in legislative changes over the past 25 years. Deborah Slaner Larkin, Chairman of the Honorary Board of Directors presented the Community Partner Awards to the Pelham Junior League for their role in supporting those in need with a holiday party, specially selected holiday gifts, a Mother’s Day event and gift baskets and to Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester for providing wellness packages and raising awareness about domestic violence.

NYS Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who chairs the Senate Task Force on Domestic Violence and Crime was given the Milestone Award for her legislative leadership in passing 12 bills this fall to improve treatment of victims of domestic violence and strengthen penalties against those committing the crime. It should be noted that Hassell-Thompson was re-elected to her Senate seat the following Tuesday with 96.7% of the votes.

A panel of four experts on children and cyber bullying took the stage and imparted some wisdom on alerting teens to the dangers of cyber bullying and preventing it. Anne Engelland, a pediatrician who specializes in teen health encouraged parents to encourage fundamental values such as character, competence and confidence and to be a model of good behavior.

Jane Randel of Liz Claiborne discussed their research on teen dating abuse and reported that one in three teens receive stalking messages and one in four teens are harassed. Randel advised parents to talk openly to their kids about drugs, sex and drinking and let them know what to expect and demand from their relationships. Learn more about this issue on their information website, Love is Not Abuse.

Noopur Agarwal, Director of Public Affairs for MTV shared a short video, A Thin Line that addressed digital abuse and discussed MTV’s campaign to raise awareness about online abuse. She explained that bullying is now more common as teens have easy access to technology, they can’t see the reaction to their words, and it is easy to maintain anonymity. MTV seeks to help kids draw the line between appropriate use and abuse of technology and to empower kids to turn to adults for help when they need it. Check out their informative website

Audrey Stone a D.A. with the Special Prosecution Division of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office spoke about the real consequences of online abuse. In some instances an email or a text message can be grounds for criminal prosecution. She encouraged the group to keep a record of abusive emails, texts or online postings as they can be used as evidence. She assured the audience that the D.A.’s office seeks to protect victim and change behavior, not to ruin the future of offenders.

The informative discussion alerted the group to abuses that they may not see on their children’s computers or cell phones and raised awareness of this troubling trend.

My Sister’s Place works to end domestic violence through advocacy for social change, community education and direct service to abused women and children. To learn more about My Sister’s Place and find out how you can help, go to www.mysistersplace.org

Pictured Above: Executive Director, Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq, Terri E. Simon, Esq, Chair, Board of Directors and NY State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin

Photo by Paula Wittlin

 

 

stormjamesOn June 24, 2010, Stormjames Scudder Lipton, a member of Scarsdale Troop 4 earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was honored at the Eagle Court of Honor at Hitchcock Church on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

Storm is a bright, articulate, hard-working, compassionate and curious young man with a great sense of humor. He is dedicated to the concept of service to others, and this dedication can be observed in his interests and hobbies.

For his Eagle Service Project Storm organized a Bike Safety Rodeo. In conjunction with Bike New York, the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the Greenburgh Police Child Safety Unit, the Greenburgh Explorers, the Lois Bronz Family Daycare Center and the Girl Scouts, Storm and his fellow troop members taught bike safety, performed bike inspections, distributed bike helmets, taught individuals how to properly wear bike helmets and taught kids how to ride a bike.

At the age of twelve Storm was inducted into the Westchester Putnam Boy Scout of America Order of the Arrow (OA). The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts where he has participated in food collection for Food PATCH and building restoration for Habitat for Humanity, as well as other service projects.

For the past five years, Storm was a student at the Windward School. During his time at Windward Storm was a member of the student government, the weather club, the basketball team and the lacrosse team. He is currently a sophomore at Soundview Preparatory School in Yorktown Heights where he is a member of the outdoor club. Members of the outdoor club assist in the management and upkeep of the outdoor property at Soundview.

Storm is a member of Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. As a member of the church he has participated in the youth choir, the handbell choir, Youth Forum, and currently the Senior High youth group. Most dear to his heart at Hitchcock is Midnight Run. He has been participating in their monthly Midnight Run since the age of ten, serving food, distributing toiletries and clothing and having a conversation or two with our homeless friends on the street.

Storm has been a competitive swimmer since age four, swimming for the Theodore D. Young Community Center’s F.A.S.T. Swim Team, the Town of Greenburgh’s summer team and currently for the Empire Swim Team. Since he was eleven years old, Stormjames has swam in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Hudson River Swim for Life,a 3.2 mile swim across the Hudson River, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In total, he has raised $13,000 for the cause.

 

 

gifts1Holiday presents, hostess and teacher gifts, and a little something just for you are available at the Junior League of Central Westchester’s 24th annual Holiday Boutique on Thursday, November 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scarsdale Golf Club in Hartsdale. At the Holiday Boutique, shoppers can peruse a wide variety of goods offered by over 35 vendors selling gifts, accessories, jewelry, home décor, clothing and children’s items.

Returning vendors include In2Design Jewelry, handmade lariat style jewelry with a Scandinavian simplicity; Sweat Pea, specializing in handmade children's personalized giftware; and Adrienne Lee NY, offering dried and silk floral arrangements.

New vendors to the Boutique include Robbie Heidinger Ceramics; The Zaanha Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps Afghan children with education; and Paws on Palmer, providing canine fashion and accessories.

Through the Holiday Boutique, the JLCW raises funds which support programs that promote health and literacy, provide food and necessities to the underprivileged, empower low-income families, help preserve community history, and train effective community volunteers.

Junior League Holiday Boutique
Scarsdale Golf Club
Clubway, Hartsdale, New York
Thursday November 4, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Admission fee: $5

 

butinScarsdale High School graduate Danielle Butin engaged the audience at the Scarsdale League of Women Voters' October 22 luncheon with her moving account of founding and serving as the Executive Director of the Afya Foundation, a large scale medical supply recovery operation based in Yonkers. Ms. Butin explained how her medical background and the overwhelming needs she saw on a trip to Africa inspired her to create an organization to collect surplus medical supplies in the US and provide them to hospitals in impoverished countries that had been operating with almost no basic medical supplies. She shared stories of the horrors she has witnessed, such as a doctor sewing up a woman who's had a Cesarean with sutures made from strands taken from a gauze pad. What is the secret of her success in securing donations? She doesn't take no for an answer. Her persistence enabled has her to acquire a warehouse that originally cost $80,000 for just $3,000. Through And the secret to her success in providing assistance to victims of the earthquake in Partners in Health in Haiti Butin has been on the forefront, providing services in Haiti even before the earthquake.

Ms. Butin noted the tremendous support that Afya has received from the Westchester community, including fundraisers and assistance from adults and students in organizing and packing donations.

spivyOn Sunday, October 17, The Scarsdale Striders, gathered to participate in the American Cancer Society's, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The 17th annual event took place at Manhattanville College in Purchase. 13,200 people attended and raised $1.45 million dollars to fund valuable research, education, advocacy and services for people in Westchester with breast cancer and their families. The team was lead by Sheryl Braun and Lauren Miller of Greeenacres. The team consisted of Angela Manson, Anthea Carbon, Karyn Aaron, Stefanie Elman, Cheryl Bernstein, Deborah Pekarak, Michelle Memoli, Kathleen Campbell, Jodi Ruzumna, Andi Schreiber, Diane Burkin and Joey Silberfein. They raised a combined total of $12.300 to support this important cause.

The UJA-Federation's Lion of Judah Luncheon took place on Tuesday, October 26th, at The Pierre in New York City. The Lion of Judah luncheon honors philanthropic women; more than 16,000 women around the world are recognized as Lions of Judah, including more than 1,200 in the New York Jewish community.

suzmanThis year, Scarsdale resident Ruth Suzman was awarded with the Spirit of Peggy Award. The Spirit of Peggy Award honors the memory of Peggy Tishman, an extraordinary woman who set an inspiring standard of service for all women who give their time and hearts to communal leadership. The award honors a young leader in our community who shares Peggy’s passion for dedicated service, generous commitment to philanthropy, and personal devotion to the welfare of the Jewish people.

tanzerUnited Hebrew of New Rochelle, a premier long-term care campus, recently held its 91th Annual Gala Celebration at the Ritz Carlton Westchester in White Plains. United Hebrew Board of Directors member and Mt. Vernon resident, David Alpert, was given the Humanitarian Award. Scarsdale resident, Leonard Tanzer, President of Patient Care Associates, Inc. was awarded the Corporate Medal of Honor. The awards are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the community and through their efforts have enhanced the quality of life for those in need. Pictured here are Regis Philbin with Scarsdale resident and Honoree Leonard Tanzer and wife Lola Tanzer at the United Hebrew of New Rochelle 91st Annual Gala.

 

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