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Chickery, left, accepts the award from North
Chamber Foundation presents 2013 Athena Award
POUGHKEEPSIE (December 10) - Steven J. Chickery, president of family-owned Hudson Valley Office Furniture, has been chosen by The Chamber Foundation as the recipient of the 2013 ATHENA Award. He was presented his honor at the annual ATHENA Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 8 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Chickery, the Hudson Valley’s first male recipient of the ATHENA Award, will travel to an upcoming regional ATHENA conference to represent the region.
For the past six years, Chickery has partnered with the Grace Smith House, a Poughkeepsie based domestic violence shelter, and his desire to help victims and their families has driven him to become their current board chair. Chickery claims being in a position to empower women to break the cycle of domestic violence while working closely with the Grace Smith House has added a new dimension to his life, one which he embraces wholeheartedly. He intuitively recognizes the strength his involvement has in the effort to eliminate violence against women by elevating awareness and modeling what is means to be a ‘good man.’
Chickery has been instrumental in leading the effort to build Grace Smith House’s capacity to serve more victims of domestic violence and to serve them better than before. Through his vast community connections, he has brought the Grace Smith House mission to the forefront in the community.
“Steven Chickery has all the qualities that an ATHENA Award recipient should possess,” said Charles North, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Foundation. “He is a tireless advocate for women, especially women who have faced difficulty in their life, and I am proud to be able to recognize his contributions to our community by presenting this honor to him.”
A lifelong resident of Dutchess County, Chickery has been particularly committed to downtown Poughkeepsie, an area that has undergone economic hardships throughout the years. He has been a loud voice in attracting individuals and businesses to the area in an effort to revive Main Street, and he has a unique and critical understanding of the intersection between economic development and quality of life.
In addition, Chickery has co-chaired the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Golf Tournament for many years, helping it become the single largest fundraiser for the organization. Currently, he serves as the vice president of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House board of directors and tirelessly promotes the theater as “the crown jewel of the area.”
Bestowed annually, the ATHENA Award is given to a member of the community who best embodies the ATHENA Leadership Model. The model is unique in that it focuses on personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence. Nominations for the 2014 ATHENA Award are now being accepted. To submit a candidate for consideration, visit ChamberFDN.org/athena.
The 2013 ATHENA nominees, all chosen because of their strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor, especially to women in the community, include:
- Ellen L. Baker - McCabe & Mack LLP, Attorneys-At-Law
- Natalie Borquist - Family Services
- Linda G. Campbell - Dutchess ARC
- Lisa M. Cathie - Ulster Savings Bank
- Steven J. Chickery - Hudson Valley Office Furniture
- Peter Maher - Mid-Hudson Subaru
- Michelle Martin - RiverStone Wealth Management
- Gertrude O'Sullivan - Foundation for Community Health
- Kelly Outwater - Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
- Angelline Smalls - An'tyrice Salon & Spa
- Sue Sywetz Sullivan - St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
Crystal Run Healthcare employees donate food baskets to families in need for thanksgiving
MIDDLETOWN (December 2) - The employees of Crystal Run Healthcare brought joy and nourishment to those in need this holiday season.
More details on our Health Page
Orange County’s annual Santa’s Toy Box Toy drive begins November 25
GOSHEN (November 18) - Orange County will again host Santa’s Toy Box, the annual toy drive for disadvantaged children in Orange County from November 25 through December 20, collecting donations of new toys and games at 20 convenient locations across the County.
“The holiday season is about sharing,” said County Executive Edward Diana. “If you have the means and a generous spirit, please consider donating a new unwrapped toy or game to Santa’s Toy Box to help the less fortunate children of our County.”
Toy boxes will be located at 20 collection sites throughout Orange County. See a complete list below or visit the Orange County Parks website at www.orangecountyparksny.com
All donations will be distributed to families in Orange County via organizations such as Family Empowerment Council, Farmworkers Community Center and Emergency Housing Group.
Santa’s Toy Box is sponsored by the Orange County Department of Parks, in conjunction with New Winds Opportunities Center, Up Front Day Hab Site, Hudson Valley DDSO, Belcher IRA, and Goshen Day Program.
TOY BOX SITES:
- Graham M. Skea Lodge, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Rt. 416, Montgomery, 457-4910
- Montgomery Town Hall, 110 Bracken Road, Montgomery, 457-2660
- Special Ed. Building at Orange/Ulster BOCES, Gibson Road, Goshen, 291-0200
- Town of Newburgh Recreation Dept., intersection of Routes 32 & 300, Newburgh, 564-7815
- City of Middletown Recreation Department, 47 Academy Ave., Middletown, 346-4180
- New Windsor Recreation Department, 555 Union Avenue, New Windsor, 565-7750
- Chester Town Hall,1786 Kings Highway, Chester, 469-7000
- Blooming Grove Town Hall, 6 Horton Road, Blooming Grove, 496-5223
- Cornwall Town Hall, 183 Main Street, Cornwall, 534-3760
- Hamptonburgh Town Hall, 18 Bull Road, Campbell Hall, 427-5012
- Port Jervis Youth Community Center, 134 Pike Street, Port Jervis, 858-4045
- Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, 563-3619
- Warwick Village Hall, 77 Main Street, Warwick, 986-2031
- Gold's Gym, 15 Raquet Road, Newburgh, 564-7500
- Union Avenue Community Fitness Center, 565 Union Avenue, New Windsor, 561-4700
- Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (Tower Building), Central Valley, 928-7467
- Washingtonville Pediatrics, 10 WeatherVane Drive, Washingtonville, 496-5437
- Minisink Town Hall, Waterloo Road, Westtown, 726-3700
- Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Rd., Newburgh, 565-2076
- Newburgh Library Branch (Newburgh Mall), Route 300, Newburgh, 566-0460
Marlborough Police Holiday Toy Drive
TOWN OF MARLBOROUGH (Novmber 18) - The Town of Marlborough Police Department is holding its annual Holiday Toy Drive thru Dec. 18. All toys collected go to local children age infant – 16yrs. This year in addition to the families that enroll themselves, we ask that if you know of a family having a hard time providing gifts for their children for the holidays please let us know. Write to us and tell us what circumstances have impacted the family and why they need some help this year. You can let us know about neighbors, family members, or a co worker. The children must live in the Marlboro school district to be eligible. Letters can be signed or anonymous. Please include how to contact the family. We want to be sure all the children in our community have a happy holiday.
Letters can be mailed to:
The Town of Marlborough Police Dept.
attention Head Dispatcher VanAmburgh
1650 Route 9w
Milton NY 12547
Toys can be dropped off at the Marlborough Police Department twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Toys are also being collected at all Marlboro schools, and the following businesses located in Marlboro/Milton : CVS , Sawyer Savings, Dollar General, Kay Dina Insurance, and Wallkill Savings. New unwrapped toys and wrapping paper are being requested. If you wish to make a monetary donation checks can be made out to the Marlborough Town PBA. Any questions call 845-795-2181.
Kingston Lions Club Foundation supports mental health
KINGSTON (November 12) - The Kingston Lions Club Foundation recently awarded $1200 to the Benedictine Health Foundation to benefit the Mental Health Services Department at HealthAlliance.
More details on our Health Page
Meadow Hill School Honors local veterans during 9th annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
NEWBURGH - Students and faculty members at Meadow Hill Global Explorations Magnet School in Newburgh honored local veterans by hosting the 9th Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast complete with a continental breakfast and observance program.
More details on our Education Page
S. Orangetown Rotary, O&R donate 300 dictionaries
PEARL RIVER (November 9) - The South Orangetown Rotary Club and O&R presented dictionaries to nearly 300 third graders at the Tappan Zee Elementary School yesterday at the school.
More details on our Education Page
Rockland Community Foundation partners with Inserra Supermarkets to provide $5,000 in support of Rockland Food Pantries
NEW CITY (October 24) - The Rockland Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its seventh annual Food Pantry awards. Given in conjunction with a matching grant from Inserra Supermarkets, the awards were presented at the Foundation's Board meeting on October 16th to the following ten food pantries across Rockland County:
- Catholic Community Services of Rockland
- Head Start of Rockland
- Martin Luther KIng Multi-Purpose Center
- Meals on Wheels
- People to People
- Rockland Independent Living Center
- Rockland Interfaith Breakfast Center
- Sloatsburg UMC Food Pantry
- TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal)
- West Street Child Care Learning Center
Each food pantry received $500 in ShopRite gift cards, for a total of $5,000.
"The statistics on hunger in a county such as Rockland are staggering," explains Rockland Community Foundation President Pat Byrne. "The Rockland Community Foundation is pleased to be partnering with Inserra Supermarkets for the seventh straight year, matching their grant gift dollar for dollar. We are grateful for their on-going support of such a worthwhile cause."
Over 35,000 Rockland residents are food insecure, with one in five children in our county at the poverty level. Over the past two years, there has been a 46% increase in the amount of Rocklanders who have applied for supplemental nourishment and assistance programs. The food pantry programs in our county support not only those families in need, but also the homebound elderly, and those living with chronic illness.
Please consider making a donation to the Foundation's Health and Human Services Fund, which directly supports food pantries in our county. Go to rocklandgives.org/donationspage to donate online, or mail your donation to PO Box 323, New City NY 10954. Donations to the fund are fully tax-deductible and remain in our county to support those of our friends and neighbors in need.
The Rockland Community Foundation, a registered, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is committed to improving the quality of life for all people in Rockland County by increasing charitable giving.
Jewish Federation to recognize local honorees
NEWBURGH (October 24) - The Jewish Federation announces that Dale & Irving Zuckerman and Robin & Alan Zuckerman will be our Major Gifts honorees
More details on our Religion Page
Washington’s Headquarters will begin its 2013-14 winter schedule on November 8th
NEWBURGH (October 21) - It is autumn in the Hudson Valley. Trees are shedding their leaves, the air is crisp and clear, and pumpkins are dotting the landscape. Though the last day for our Autumn Schedule is Sunday, October 27th, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is gearing up for an eventful winter Schedule.
Starting Friday, November 8th, the site will be open every Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We will be available to visitors by appointment Tuesday through Thursday and also open for special events. Now, as for those winter special events – we have some great ones this season!
For more information, visit the Facebook page
Safe Homes of Orange County receives $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation
NEWBURGH (October 14) – In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Safe Homes of Orange County, the only domestic violence agency in the county, received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
Safe Homes’ comprehensive support services and violence prevention programs include a 17-bed shelter; a 24-hour hotline; advocacy and accompaniment; liaisons with the Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office; individual and group support; financial assistance and education; the Safe Pets Project; and El Abrazo de Mís Hermanas (all the same services and programs in Spanish, and regardless of immigration status).
In 2012, Safe Homes’ advocates answered 3,853 hotline calls and worked with over 3,500 victims year-round. The Safe Homes’ shelter provided services to 81 adult victims of domestic violence and 60 children. Since 2004, when the agency began to keep track of domestic violence homicides in Orange County, 19 women have been killed by intimate partners, and one woman is still missing.
“The funds received from The Mary Kay Foundation will be divided to help support our Language Line, the Safe Pets Project, and to assist in the purchase of playground and Laundromat equipment for the shelter,” said Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Safe Homes’ executive director.
For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay Foundation has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches 1-in-every-4 women. Through the Foundation’s annual shelter grant program, $34 million have been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000.
“The Mary Kay Foundation is proud to support local shelters that are on the front lines of helping the thousands of women and children who seek shelter and support from abuse,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. “The shelter grants are a signature program for The Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”
Founded in 1986, Safe Homes works to eliminate all forms of domestic violence through education, outreach and provision of comprehensive support services to individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.
To learn more about Safe Homes, visit www.safehomesorangecounty.org/
Monticello Casino & Raceway supporting Toys for Tots again
MONTICELLO (October 2) - Representatives from the Toys for Tots organization presented an award to Monticello Casino & Raceway acknowledging their support for the 2012 Toys for Tots campaign.
Monticello Casino & Raceway invited the Marines to collect donations at Monticello Casino & Raceway so needy children in Sullivan county would receive a toy at Christmas.
The Marines are scheduled to be at MC&R this year to collect for Toys for Tots on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 13 &14, and Dec 20.
Accepting the award is CEO, Joe D’Amato, Chairman of the Board, Manny Pearlman and COO/CFO, Laurette Pitts.
Presenting the award are Gerry Kinney and Fred Stumpp.
HGAR benefit raises over $17,000 for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley
WHITE PLAINS (September 30) - The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) recently raised $17,100 for Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley at its “Wish Upon a Star” cocktail party held at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point, NY. Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley, a non-profit group, grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children who are suffering with life-threatening medical conditions.
More details on our Health Page
The Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs honored by OC Chamber
MONTGOMERY (August 29) - The Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs has been named the "2013 Nonprofit Business of the Year" by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, NY!
"There are many reasons why you were selected for this honor”, Chamber Board Chairman Charlie Milich said. “The Boys & Girls Clubs commitment and service to the youth of our communities is legendary and your involvement in all of the communities you serve is extraordinary. The impact you've had on our young people is truly remarkable and this award is our small way of recognizing your efforts and saying thanks publicly."
Boys & Girls Club Hosts 2nd Annual Corporate Color Wars Competition on Saturday, September 7, 2013.