MOUNT KISCO, N.Y., June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Hilton Westchester, over 400 people celebrated at the 22nd Annual BGCNW Humanitarian Awards Dinner honoring Leslie Lampert as the Humanitarian Award recipient and Dennis Munson as the John Beach Award recipient.
County Executive Robert Astorino commended the good work and leadership of the Club, highlighting the successful partnership between the Club and the Westchester County Youth Bureau. Support from the County ensures more than 500 kids receive essential educational enrichment programming at the Club each day.
Leslie, a local restaurateur and philanthropist, and her team from Love Hospitality have generously jumped in to prepare more than 70,000 free, nutritious meals annually. Dennis Munson, Club aquatics director of 48 years and humble hero, received a more than five minute standing ovation. Dennis and his team have taught more than 47,000 kids to swim and led the BGCNW Marlins swim team to 17 consecutive BGCA National Championships.
Fox Lane Junior and Club kid since age three, Justique Carter was introduced for the first time after having returned from Albany for the New York State Youth of the Year Competition. She came in 2nd place in New York state and lead the audience to their feet as she declared: "Never let anyone define you; have grit. I want to continue to change the world for the better and am prepared to do so because the Club has been my haven, where I found people I could learn from and trust." Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Club of America national competition for teens that promotes academic excellence, community service, character and leadership.
BGCNW CEO Alyzza C Ozer, Esq. shared "Our teens brilliantly served as the emcees, proudly sharing their stories. Meeting the gala net goal of $450,000 demonstrates community support of our kids – there is no greater legacy. What will you do to help the BGCNW kids?"
About the BGCNW
Over 500 kids attend the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco daily, a safe place with committed teachers, mentors, tutors and volunteers. Kids learn, swim and play with amazing results: 80% of kids have improved grades at school. 100% of boys and girls in after school programs received a nutritious meal each day. 47,000 kids have learned to be water-safe. For six years running, 100% of at-risk high school seniors graduated and went to college. We build academic success, health and life skills and productive future citizens.
Solveig McShea, Director of Development & Community Engagement
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