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Letters of Appreciation to The Community Fund by Local Agencies: Ten So Far


Editor's Note: Below are Letters to the Editor from community agencies and organizations that have benefited from grants by The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. The letters are listed as they arrive. Each describes the specific projects The Community Fund has funded for their organization, and are well worth reading.

10. Letter to the Editor: Kimberly Wildey on the Community Fund's Contributions to The Maxwell Institute

Dear Editor,

The holiday season is a time to celebrate family, friends and hope.  However, in these times of uncertainty, we at The Maxwell Institute see many losing their jobs, security and dreams.

Under the festive cheer, many of our neighbors are wondering who is looking out for them and their families.  They are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loneliness. It is not surprising that alcohol consumption increases significantly during the holidays, and even less surprising that the potential consequences can be devastating.  One embarrassing moment in front of the boss at a holiday party, one decision to drive the family home after a dinner, or one drink too many on New Year's Eve can result in a lifetime of regret.

This is why we turn to the twinkling light of hope in our communities.  Through the dedicated efforts of community members, we can reach out our hands and help those who need us most.

Our communities are extremely fortunate to have an establishment such as the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.  Through its generous support and tireless efforts they raise funds for organizations in the area.

Thanks to their dedication the Maxwell Institute is able to provide compassionate and exceptional outpatient treatment for individuals and families suffering from substance abuse as well as offer professional education services to the schools and community.

The Maxwell Institute of Saint Vincent's Westchester, a division of Saint Joseph's Medical Center, is proud to be associated with the Community Fund and urges you to continue the legacy of caring by supporting the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe this season.

Kimberly Wildey, LMHC
The Maxwell Institute of Saint Vincent's Hospital Westchester
Dec. 1, 2010

9. Letter to the Editor from Susan Snyder on the Contribution by the Community Fund to the Eastchester Teen Scene Program

Dear Editor,

The Eastchester Recreation Department serves all residents of the Town of Eastchester, which includes the Villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, from pre-school to adult, by offering positive opportunities for the use of one's leisure time.  The benefits of recreation range from physical fitness to socialization to general wellness and the overall improvement of one's quality of life.

Specifically, our Teen Scene program, for youth in grades 7 through 9, offers fun events throughout the school year such as drop-in game nights, DJ dances and karaoke, and trips to adventure courses, paint ball, professional sporting events, movies, ice-skating, and more. During the summer months, Teen Scene members can attend popular pool parties at Lake Isle Country Club.

Simply put, recreation programs cost money.  We charge user fees requiring those who participate in programs to pay for them.

Because of a generous grant from the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe, we can offer our Teen Scene activities to our youth at an affordable rate.

Without having positive choices for recreation experiences in the local community, there is a greater risk our youth would make poor choices for their recreation experiences.

Won't you please give generously to the Community Fund and keep our Teen Scene thriving?


Susan Snyder, CPRP
Superintendent of Recreation
Dec. 1, 2010

8. Letter to the Editor from Chief John Costanzo on the Community Fund's Contribution to the Tuckahoe Police Department

Dear Editor,

The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe continues to partner with the Tuckahoe Police Department to provide youth and safety programs for our community.

Through grants provided by the Community Fund, the Tuckahoe Police Department has been able to host events such as "Safe Riders Bicycle Safety Day," "Cops for Kids" softball tournament and "National Night Out" crime prevention evening.

Programs that provide our youth with valuable life lessons such as D.A.R.E. and the Police Explorer Post are supported by the Community Fund.  Because of these programs, we continue to build strong partnerships and break down barriers between young people and our officers.

Again, I thank the Community Fund for being such a great benefactor of our youth programs.  I ask our friends and neighbors to generously support its fundraising efforts.


John Costanzo
Chief of Police, Tuckahoe
Dec. 1, 2010

7. Letter of Appreciation from Patty Donovan-Duff on Contribution by The Community Fund to The Bereavement Center

Dear Editor,

I am writing to acknowledge and thank The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe for their supportive and generous presence in our community.

The Bereavement Center, located in Tuckahoe, has been one of the recipients of their fundraising for many years.  For small programs such as ours, their steadfast support has been extremely important.

Not only have they funded programs such as The Tree House Program for grieving children but have also been helpful over the years in offering educational opportunities and guidance to non-profits as they grow and mature.

We are truly blessed to live in a community where there is such awareness and support for programs like ours.  As we approach this holiday season, please be generous in your giving to their Annual Campaign.


Patty Donovan-Duff, Director
The Bereavement Center of Westchester

6. Letter to the Editor:  Kathleen Suss on The Community Fund's Contribution to Concordia Conservatory

To the Editor:

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe for their generous support of a program entitled Musical Adventures at the Library.

Over the years, it has been Concordia Conservatory's privilege and pleasure to provide Musical Adventures at the Library through funding by The Community Fund to the public libraries of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. This program is designed to fill the needs in our communities which may not have access to music literacy services and to further enhance current language arts and music curricula in the schools of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe.

Your support is vital to The Community Fund so they can continue their amazing work in OUR community.  It is my hope that all residents of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe will consider a gift of any size to this year's Community Fund drive.

With sincerest regards,

Kathleen Suss
Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art
Nov. 24, 2010

5. Letter to the Editor:  Nina Richter on Contribution by The Community Fund to the Bronxville Youth Council

Dear Editor,

Thank you for allowing The Bronxville Youth Council the opportunity to inform the public of the wonderful volunteer work which many of our Bronxville High School students are involved in.

With the support and help of The Community Fund we are able to touch many lives within our school and the surrounding neighborhoods.

We have 20+ students on our Executive Committee supported by another 70+ general members.  Nearly half the freshman class joined our membership this year.

Here is a brief description of the programs that our students are involved in.  Each month we deliver Meals-On-Wheels to the elderly of our community; we also work with homeless families through Westhab, a program that the Reformed Church of Bronxville specifically reached out to us for more volunteer assistance, organizing lunch and fun activities, and offering them a safe place to gather on Saturday mornings.

We also help out with some of the Midnight and Breakfast runs over the course of the year and organize coat, jean or t-shirt drives when the need arises.  For all major holidays we host a meal for the children of Graham-Windham along with monthly outings that range from trips to Barnes & Noble to Project Adventure at the school gym.

At Christmas we make stockings for each of the children staying at Graham Windham. Furthermore, our students join developmentally challenged adults to play basketball during the winter months, which is held at the school and organized entirely by the students.  We are also hoping to continue our weekly tutoring of children in the Bronx through the City Squash program.  In addition to all these programs we support Hearts to Home, a program that sends calling cards to our troops stationed in Afghanistan.

The Youth Council is also the single club which organizes and puts on the beloved Halloween Parade and Haunted House every Halloween, a true local gem that every age looks forward to.

We produce the Talent Night in the spring for aspiring young talent in our own school and host a Winter Semi-formal for the High School Students, thus drawing the grades closer together and increasing awareness of the BYC.  In our continued effort to touch all of the students in our school some of the Youth Council members meet twice monthly with our life skills students, taking them to lunch, making Valentines with them and creating a special bond between them and the entire student body.  We are even hoping to host a prom this spring for those students along with the students registered with the Southeast Consortium.

With out the continued support of The Community Fund many of the programs we are engaged in simply could not continue.

We are deeply thankful to The Community Fund for their support and their continued belief in what our students do. It is remarkable that given these students very hectic lives they feel the need to give back to the community at large and we deeply thank The Community Fund for making it possible. Please remember to support The Community Fund this season.

Respectfully submitted,

Nina Richter/Parent President
Bronxville, Nov. 24, 2010

4. Letter to the Editor:  EVAC on Ambulance Made Possible by Community Fund

Dear Editor,

The Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC) has benefited greatly over the last 30 years from generous donations from The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.

EVAC, which is not supported by tax dollars, has been receiving donations from The Community Fund since the late 1970's and in 2000 began specifically using funds for the purchase of new vehicles.

The Community Fund now enables us to purchase a brand new, state-of-the-art ambulance every 3 years, a tremendous asset to the community.

We just recently took delivery of our newest addition to the "Community Fund Fleet," a 2010 Ford E-350, and this would not have been possible without the Community Fund's assistance.

We urge you to continue to support The Community Fund so they can continue to support the many organizations such as ours that are invaluable resources to the town.


The Volunteers of EVAC
Eastchester, Nov. 24, 2010

3. Letter to the Editor:  Judith Dobrof, Executive Director Cancer Support Team

Dear Editor,

I am writing to ask the community's support for The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe's Annual Campaign.

Cancer Support Team is the only Westchester based home care program licensed by the New York State Department of Health that provides services free of charge and without regard to insurance coverage.

We offer in-home nursing services, counseling, advocacy, transportation assistance and other support services to individuals and families living in lower Westchester who are affected by cancer.  More information about our services is at

Because our services are provided at no cost to our clients, it is only through the support of organizations such as The Community Fund that we can continue to offer assistance.

We hope that you will consider a donation to The Community Fund in your annual giving.


Judith Dobrof, DSW
Executive Director, Cancer Support Team
Nov. 17, 2010

2. Jean Yankus, Senior Citizens Council Chairperson, on The Community Fund

Dear Editor,

Loneliness and isolation are two of the major problems facing the elderly today.  The Bronxville and Tuckahoe communities are fortunate to have two successful and thriving centers serving seniors in the area.  Staffed by paid professional directors, the centers offer educational and entertaining activities, senior support services and opportunities for social interaction and friendship.

The Senior Citizens Council oversees these centers and raises funds for their continued operations.  For many years, The Community Fund has been our major contributor.

This year, the Senior Citizens of Bronxville faced a funding crisis due to village cutbacks.  As we have done in the past, we turned to The Community Fund for emergency assistance.  Through their steadfast support, we were able to operate our planned programs without making drastic cutbacks.  We are immensely grateful.

Your generous contribution to The Community Fund will ensure that our seniors will remain active and valued members of our community.

Thank You,

Jean Yankus
Senior Citizens Council Chairperson
Nov. 17, 2010

1. Ed Dinan, CEO of Lawrence Hospital, on The Community Fund

Dear Editor,

Over the years funding from The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe has enabled Lawrence Hospital Center to expand numerous services for people in our community.

This year The Community Fund is providing a grant to provide free flu shots to the community.  Flu shots sessions were held at Lake Isle, the Reformed Church and the Tuckahoe Community Center.

The Community Fund is also completing a commitment to support the Hospital's Centennial Anniversary year.

The Community Fund is a vital resource to many agencies, including Lawrence Hospital Center, and we urge residents to generously support its fundraising efforts.


Edward M. Dinan
President and CEO
November 10, 2010




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Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. To learn more about how you can contribute to the efforts of the BBC, with time, money or planting, please email Karen Day. President: George C. McKinnis

Karen Day
Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5. Troops 1, 2, and 4 meet at the the Scout Cabin Troop 5 meets at the Reformed Church, and has a different web site . Brennan Carley is the Scoutmaster.

Joseph Stineman
President of Bronxville Scout Committee, Inc.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Volunteer Director: Patricia Meyers
364 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10552-3294

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. Board of Director Co-Chairs: Jayne Warman and Robert Wein.

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville League of Woman Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that “encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy though education and advocacy. The Bronxville League serves Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Their primary duty is “voter service, registering new voters and keeping the public informed of important issues being considered and voted on by governing bodies.” They have monthly board meetings and monthly coffee meetings, where there is usually a speaker to talk about a current issue. They organize and moderate candidate forums for local government elections and periodically hold public meetings on a topic of interest with a guest speaker. They also put out a monthly bulletin. President: Adelaide DiGiorgi, Editor of Newsletter: Janet Jaidi
P.O. Box 321
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville PTA

The Bronxville PTA is “the umbrella organization that presides over and is the primary source of funding for the Elementary, Middle and High School Councils. They raise money through their annual Memorial Day fundraiser and through PTA membership dues and provide approximately $100,000 to the Elementary, Middle and High School Councils. “Advocacy, education, training and support are their key areas of focus.”
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.
For further information please contact: Executive Director, Peggy Williams (, Chairman, Pierre de Saint Phalle

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville. Director: Jillana Valente
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. Director: Richard W. Shoup

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” Director: Tracy Rutherfurd

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. President: Nina Evison


Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”
PO Box 430
Bronxville, New York 10708

Lawrence Hospital Center Volunteer Services

The Lawrence Hospital welcomes volunteers to help in a variety of areas including working the Bargain Box resale shop, which is “the major fundraising effort of the Lawrence Hospital Center Auxiliary.” Volunteers also work in the Emergency Department, at the Information services Desk, in Patient Care in Food Services and other areas. Director of Volunteer Services: Terry Marino

55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers noon day meals to the homebound elderly, ill or disabled. Monday – Sunday 11am – 1p

55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” President: David McBride

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”

Bronxville Director: Sue Tozzi
200 Pondfield Road


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