Committee members, friends gather at Blackstones Steakhouse to celebrate 75 years of serving youth
On Monday, March 31, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) staff, alumni and supporters enjoyed a cocktail reception in celebration of June’s Humanitarian Award Dinner. The event’s co-chairs, Linda Mahon, Lee Manning-Vogelstein, and Lisa Shrewsberry, were in attendance to help raise excitement for the upcoming gala.
At Blackstones Steakhouse in Mount Kisco, BGCNW Executive Director Brian Skanes thanked general manager Mike Ahmetage for generously hosting the Club as they celebrated the success of gala co-chairs Mahon, Manning-Vogelstein and Shrewsberry for their extraordinary efforts. Skanes also applauded Club alumnus and CEO of Curtis Instruments Stuart Marwell, this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient, and Marc Lener, Club alumnus and past Youth of the Year recipient, for their continued support of the Club.
“For me, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was like a home. For many kids, it is a second home, and for some, their first home,” Lener said. “I came from a humble background, and with help along the way from the likes of staff at the Club like Dennis Munson, my swim coach, father figure, and friend, I was accepted into an Ivy League school and found success in my career.”
Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, Lener began a five-year career as a high school science teacher in Washington, D.C., and then attended medical school at George Washington University. He is currently a psychiatry resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center where he is training to be a private practice psychiatrist and neurobiological researcher.
“I can’t thank the Boys & Girls Club enough for their support during my time as a member and now as an alumnus,” Lener said.
The 20th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner will be held on June 7 at Lexus of Mount Kisco. The event is open to all, and former Club members, parents and volunteers are especially encouraged to attend to help celebrate this milestone anniversary. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $350; sponsorship tables are also available.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club’s 75th anniversary celebrations and to be recognized as the 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient,” Marwell said. “As an alumnus, I take great pride in watching the Club continue to positively impact the lives of thousands of children in our area each year.”
For more information about the Humanitarian Award Dinner, or to purchase sponsorships or tickets, contact Jean Skanes at email@example.com or 914-666-8069 ext. 111.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
Celebrating its 75th year, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester remains dedicated to its mission to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. A non-profit organization established in 1939, the Club has served more than 100,000 youth and welcomed nearly 10,000 volunteers, staff and board members over the years. Located in Mt. Kisco, NY, the Club’s 36,000-square-foot facility features an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, game room and two computer labs, and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center facility. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester currently serves 1,700 boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.