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VanessaWilliamsBoth the Girl Scouts and the Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) have announced their upcoming anniversary galas. Actress Vanessa Williams will be honored at the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Heart of the Hudson event and Brian Conybeare, an award winning journalists and News 12 anchor, will emcee of the night for the JLCW gala.

The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) announced that tickets are now available for its 65th Anniversary Gala on March 16, 2012, at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester. This monumental 65th Anniversary Gala will celebrate the JLCW’s growth over 65 years, and the organization’s commitment to promoting volunteerism; developing the potential of women; and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As one of the JLCW’s primary fundraisers, the Gala will provide essential financial support for the JLCW’s educational and charitable projects.

The theme of the gala will be “Lights, Camera, ACTION!” Set against a red carpet backdrop, the Gala will recreate the atmosphere of a Hollywood party. The event is open to the public and will be attended by JLCW members and other prominent members of the community. Family Services of Westchester will be recognized with the Community Partner Award for their demonstrated excellence in partnering with JLCW. JLCW member and Scarsdale resident Lynne Clark will also be honored with the Distinguished Sustainer Award. Many of the League’s past presidents will be in attendance to receive the Circle of Leadership Award for their exceptional leadership and commitment to promoting the mission of JLCW.

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The Del Bocas
The evening will include cocktails, dinner and dancing, featuring music by The Del Bocas, a 6-member band of Scarsdale and Edgemont residents. Red carpet photos and other photography for the evening will be provided by Londin Photography and available for purchase at the event. During the cocktail hour and
dinner, there will be a silent auction, including exciting one-of-a-kind items like vacation getaways, behind-the-scenes tours, VIP tickets and a private shopping event. The emcee of the event will be Brian Conybeare, anchor from News 12 Westchester and husband of JLCW member Janna Conybeare. Brian is an award-winning journalist dedicated to keeping people in Westchester and the Hudson Valley informed on what’s happening in their hometowns. Brian’s many awards include three New York Emmy Awards, five Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, and five New York Associated Press Broadcast Awards.

“We are thrilled to host a festive evening to celebrate this milestone and honor those volunteers whose tireless efforts have made a significant impact in our community,” stated Lynn Marvin, President of Junior League of Central Westchester. "We hope this year's gala will increase our ability to promote the literacy, health and welfare of children and families in the JLCW service areas of White Plains, Greenburgh, Eastchester and Scarsdale.”

Sponsorship packages, including tickets, tables and a range of additional recognition opportunities are available, as are advertisements in the Gala journal.

For more information on the Gala, becoming a sponsor, advertising in the journal, or donating to the silent auction, please contact the JLCW office at (914) 723-6130, or email jlcw@verizon.net. Tickets to the Gala are now available at www.jlcentralwestchester.com .

In honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson (GSHH) is hosting a Centennial Gala honoring Women of Leadership and Excellence on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Tarrytown, NY. GSHH will honor women who have distinguished themselves in their fields and are role models for girls striving to become the leaders of tomorrow. At the event actress Vanessa Williams; Congresswoman Nita Lowey; PR Executive Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson; and Watson Women of IBM will all be honored.

The evening will be hosted by CBS news correspondent Alexis Christofouros and include live jazz entertainment by Ragan Whiteside and the Fam, a silent auction, dinner, Girl Scout ceremony and a special Girl Scouts 100th birthday celebration. Christofouros is an Emmy-nominated MoneyWatch correspondent and anchor for CBS Newspath, the affiliate news service, covering business and consumer news. Ragan Whiteside is a contemporary jazz songwriter, composer and musician who is nationally recognized.

Vanessa Williams, actress, will be honored for her work in the arts and entertainment field. A Westchester native, Williams was a Girl Scout in Chappaqua and has been involved in the performing arts since childhood. She is a world-renowned actress having played roles in major motion pictures, on Broadway and recurring roles on the popular TV series “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives”.

Nita Lowey, U.S Congresswoman, will be honored for more than three decades of public service to the citizens of New York State. Lowey is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and has served in Congress since 1989. Lowey was a Girl Scout in the Bronx.

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, partner in Thompson & Bender, Westchester’s leading public relations/marketing/advertising firm based in Briarcliff Manor, will be honored for her achievements in business entrepreneurship. A Girl Scout as a child, she has had an extensive career in marketing and communications over the past 20 years. She is an active member of, and has served in leadership positions for, many professional women’s associations as well as a number of non-profit boards.

The Watson Women of IBM will be honored for their tremendous leadership in developing female leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields at IBM. Watson Women's Network (WWN) is a volunteer network at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. our members reach their full potential in the workplace.

The fifth and final honoree will be a Young Woman of Leadership and Excellence who has yet to be named. This young lady will have demonstrated leadership among her peers and in her community to help “make the world a better place.” Nominations are now open for this honor.

Tickets for the Gala, which begins with a reception at 6pm, are $175 per person. To become a sponsor, attend the event, purchase a journal ad, or more information, contact Mary Ellen Hoffman at (914) 747-3080, ext. 739, mhoffman@girlscoutshh.org. In addition to the silent auction at the Gala event, GSHH will also host an online auction consisting of a wide selection of highly desirable prizes including; trips, jewelry, household items and professional services. For more information about the online auction, go to: www.biddingforgood.com/girlscoutshh . For more information about both the silent and online auctions contact Monica Spears at (914) 747-3080, ext. 765, mspears@girlscoutshh.org.

Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) strives to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Accordingly, GSUSA continues to be the world’s pre-eminent organization for, and leading authority on, girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults.

(Pictured at top: Vanessa Williams)

 

Dream_Jeans_FrontAs one out of three homeless people are under the age of 18, this year the Scarsdale Teen Center is partnering with Teens for Jeans to raise awareness and jean donations for homeless teens. The Teen Center is sponsoring "My Dream Jeans Outfit" contest from January 16 to February 12. To participate, go to Havana Jeans in Scarsdale, Beginnings Boutique in Scarsdale or Industry in Dobbs Ferry, and create an outfit featuring a pair of jeans. Take a photo of your creation and submit it online to the Teen Center to win fabulous prizes.

In addition, you can also win a prize by donating a pair of jeans for a homeless teen. As a thanks, for each pair of jeans you donate, you'll receive a coupon off your next pair of Aeropostale jeans.

Contest rules and more information can be found on the Scarsdale Teen Center website: www.scarsdaleteencenter.com or by calling 914-722-8358.

JLCWNewMemberJunior League Coffees: The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) invites women from Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains to its semi-annual “Recruiting Coffees” at historic Wayside Cottage on January 25, 2012 at either 9:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. The JLCW is a nonprofit women’s organization committed to promoting volunteerism; developing the potential of women; and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLCW invites women of all races, religions and national origins who are committed to volunteerism to become a member.

Prospective members will learn about JLCW’s efforts to improve the lives of our neighbors in need. New members enter a training course where they work together to complete a short-term community service project. Recent projects have included a diaper drive to collect diapers and baby wipes for Family Services of Westchester’s Early Head Start program, a nutrition-themed event called “Choosy Fest” and an interactive exhibit at the White Plains Hospital Community Health Fair, also with a nutrition theme.

The JLCW’s 2011-2012 projects include the Family Literacy Program, a project where members visit Head Start preschool classrooms to read and provide books and other essential tools for improving literacy; Grace Church Soup Kitchen, where JLCW members provide 1,500 meals annually to individuals served by the Grace Church Community Center Soup Kitchen; Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen, a program that combats childhood obesity by teaching children about nutrition and exercise; Let’s Save the Earth, a program in which JLCW members plan and implement a variety of small scale projects in the local community to create awareness of environmental issues and help “save the earth”; and BackPack Buddies, a project for which JLCW will purchase and members will assemble and distribute weekend food-filled backpacks to children in its service area.

JLCW members have been effecting positive change in the area for almost 65 years. As JLCW President Lynn Marvin puts it, “Being part of the JLCW is about effecting positive community change, empowering other women as well as yourself, and developing friendships with other dynamic women. You are a part of a long tradition of community advocacy and volunteerism– in 2012 the JLCW will celebrate its 65th Anniversary!”

The coffees will be a chance to meet current JLCW members, get to know other prospective members, learn about the JLCW, and enjoy a visit to Wayside Cottage, a historic landmark that has recently completed a “period” renovation. The coffees will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Wayside Cottage, 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale NY.

RSVP by January 18th to jlcw@verizon.net or by phone to (914) 723-6130.

 

 

souls4soulsWestchester residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes in an effort to help distribute shoes to people in need. The Play Group Theatre’s teenage cast of Footloose is not only dancing their feet off in rehearsal, but they are doing a different type of important legwork this winter. Beginning this weekend, with the opening of The Play Group Theatre’s, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” these young actors will use their talents to inspire the community to break out their shoes and give them to others in need.

Dylan Nossel, The Play Group Theatre (PGT) student who is organizing the shoe drive remarked, “It’s great to give to the community not just locally through our shows, but on a national scale through our shoes.” Dylan and his cast have partnered with Soles4Souls an international shoe donation program.

Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. “With tragedies such as the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Japan, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time,” said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey.

The shoe charity provides one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 13 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like The Play Group Theatre.

"Building a strong connection with the community is such an important part of PGT," says Rachael Longo, The Play Group Theatre's Director of Education. "We present free previews and performances to local charitable organizations and love to find show specific ways of giving back to the community. The Footloose Shoe Drive is a great example of the way our students are running with PGT’s Community Connection mission.”

The Play Group Theatre will be collecting new or gently worn footwear to make a tangible difference through the gift of shoes. Every shoe donation will support the Soles4Souls’ initiative to distribute shoes to those in need.

“Our show is about having the freedom to dance and to have fun,” says Footloose cast member Aviva Abusch. “We think that helping to put shoes on the feet of others may give them the freedom to do the same.”

The Play Group Theatre invites caring residents of Westchester and the surrounding areas to “Kick off your Sunday shoes….” right into one of PGT’s collection bins. To be a part of the Footloose Shoe Drive this winter, bring your shoes to any of their upcoming performances. Just make sure you have an extra pair to wear home from the show!

Footloose performs January 14 at 8pm, January 15 at 2pm, January 16 at 2pm, January 21 at 8pm and January 22 at 2pm.

For tickets or additional information about The Play Group Theatre, visit The Play Group Theatre’s website at www.playgroup.org .

People and companies interested in finding out more about Soles4Souls or donating shoes can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org.

 

 

waysideThe Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) is kicking off their “Do Your Duty” Campaign to help ease diaper deprivation in Westchester. Diapers are an important basic need and it is for this reason that the JLCW is seeking to meet their goal of 2,000 packaged diapers, sizes 3, 4, and 6 for the toddlers attending Family Services of Westchester’s Early Head Start program in White Plains. The JLCW is part of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), one of the largest, most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world. The AJLI is a major partner of Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies® Every Little Bottom program, which will donate more than 22.5 million diapers to babies and moms in need in North America in 2011.

Why is the Junior League adopting this project? Because according to a study commissioned by the Huggies® Every Little Bottom program, one in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. These mothers have had to cut back on basics such as food, utilities like heat or electricity, or even child care in order to provide enough diapers. This often leads to babies being kept in wet, dirty diapers for extended periods of time, resulting in babies suffering. What was also realized is that many mothers struggle with providing enough diapers to daycares because most licensed daycares require a full day supply of disposable diapers. Therefore, mothers sometimes miss work or school because they didn’t have enough diapers. Even more compelling is that diapers are not covered by Federal Programs and is a major gap in the assistance of children and their mothers.

You may help by dropping diapers off at the JLCW’s headquarters at the Wayside Cottage, 1039 Post Rd., Scarsdale, NY, or by visiting their website for participating vendors and drop off locations.

 

 

volunteerThe Scarsdale Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) is seeking candidates for Village Trustee. Trustees serve on the seven-member Village Board and set Village police and guide Village staff. The Board approves the annual budget as well as large expenditures, and it monitors Village finances.

Each Board member acts as a liaison to neighborhood associations, Village Boards and Councils and other organizations. Individual trustees each chair at least one of the Board's committees and each trustee accepts assignment to other committees.

This year, two current Village Trustees, Kay Eisenman and Jon Mark will be considered for a second two-year term.  Trustee Richard Toder has completed two terms of service and a new candidate will be selected to replace him.

For further information please contact the CNC Chair Dan Hochvert at 725-5040 or by email at dan.hochvert@verizon.net.

The Judicial Qualifications Advisory Committee is seeking candidates for Village Justice. For further information contact Jim O'Connor at 723-7101 or by email at jpojmoc@aol.com.

The necessary forms are available on the Procedure Committee website: www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org

The deadline for submission of the biographical information forms is January 17, 2012 at 5 PM.

The Edgemont School Board Nominating Committee (the “SBNC”) will hold an open meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (snow date - January 26) at 8:00 pm in the Greenville School library to receive nominations for candidates to the Board of Education. Two vacancies will be filled at the general election on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, created by the expiration of the terms of office of Lisa Wexler and Gerald Stoughton. Lisa Wexler will run for a second term. The SBNC invites all Edgemont residents to actively participate in the nominating process by urging qualified residents of our community to seek nomination to the Board of Education, submit nomination letters for candidates, and attend the open meeting on January 25, 2012.

Nominations must be made in a letter addressed as set forth below and must be received before 8:00 pm on January 25, 2012. Nominating letters may also be presented in person at the open meeting held that evening. The letter may be written by any qualified voter of the Edgemont School District other than a member (or spouse of a member) of the SBNC. In addition to the name and address of the candidate, the letter must contain a brief biographical sketch of the candidate, including the candidate’s educational background, occupation, participation in civic affairs and the length of residence in the Edgemont School District, and the grade level of any children attending any Edgemont schools and/or the year of graduation of any children who have previously attended Edgemont schools. The letter must also contain a statement indicating that the candidate has consented to serve if nominated and elected. Please address nominating letters to Marc Ackerman, SBNC Chair, 101 Moorland Drive, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

blooddriveBlood Drive: Save a life before New Years! Participate in in the blood drive at the Scarsdale Library on Monday, December 19 from 1 to 7 pm. The Scarsdale Library is located at 54 Olmstead Road (corner of Post Road).

Please come and please bring a friend --the life you save may be someone you love.

Please make an appointment, or let us know about when you are coming, by sending an email to libraryblooddrive@gmail.com or contacting us at www.NewYorkBloodCenter.org .

 

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