Pelham Civics Celebrates 30 Years of Summer Olympics!

Pelham Civics Celebrates 30 Years of Summer Olympics!

In the true sense of the "Olympic Spirit" the Pelham Civic Association hosted its 30th Summer Olympics Day on Saturday June 3rd at Glover Field In Pelham. A huge turnout from Kindergarten through the 5th Grade flocked the entire field and participated in organized fun activities and competitive events, with exuberant camaraderie and friendship, all supervised by the Pelham Civic Summer Olympics Committee and its volunteers.

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Pelham Civic Association Announces Two Humanitarians as “Persons of the Year”: Bill Taubner & Bob Tracy

Bill Taubner

Bill Taubner

Bob Tracy

Bob Tracy

Please “Save-the-Date”! Friday October 27, 2017. It’s when the Pelham Civic Association will be hosting their 78th Annual Dinner Dance Gala at The Fountainhead, in New Rochelle. A fabulous venue for a terrific, fun and exciting time that is set out to be Pelham’s “social highlight of the year!” The Pelham Civic Association - one of Westchester County’s most active, volunteer charitable organizations, assisting the youth, the elderly, the financially needy and the physically and mentally challenged - will proudly honor its 2017 Persons of the Year: Bill Taubner and Bob Tracy. Founded in 1939, the Pelham Civics is one of New York State’s most active volunteer, charitable organizations.  This award-winning association is dedicated to assisting the youth, the elderly, the financially needy, and the mentally and physically challenged. According to Pelham Civic President, Ken Shirreffs, “We are extremely proud to be honoring two individuals - Bill and Bob - who have made a significant difference in enhancing the quality of life in Pelham… particularly with their exemplary efforts in helping those in need.”   Here’s is a description of the two who will be honored at the October 27th Gala:

William Frederick “Bill” Taubner, Sr.

Bill Taubner has been - and continues to be - an exemplary pillar of our community, extremely altruistic and benevolent to charities, causes, individuals and families. And Bill prefers to keep them anonymous. Rest assured, one can always depend on Bill to assist where help is needed… whether it be for an individual, a community project, or a school initiative.

Bill was born, raised and resides in Pelham Manor, having attended Pelham Schools Grades 1-12. Married to Catherine Walsh, they have two children: Catherine and Billy. He is the Executive VP of BCM Corp - the world’s largest manufacturer of metal ball chain, as well as Logotags & Shimmerscreen. He attended Bucknell University & Iona College.

Here are just a few of his benevolent endeavors and leadership roles:

• Chairman, Village of Pelham Manor Planning Board

• Member, Pelham Civic Association

• VP/Board of Directors- MINT: Mental Health Initiative                                            

• Board of Directors, New York School for the Deaf

• Coach, Pelham Ice Hockey

• Dinner Host, Pelham Public Library Novel Night Fundraiser

• Board of Directors/Boys & Girls Head Coach, Pelham Little League         

• Boys & Girls Head Coach, Pelham Rec Soccer

• Chair, Platform Tennis/Travers Is Committee- New York Athletic Club

• Chair, Amer. Platform Tennis Men’s/Women’s Nat. Championships

• Fundraising Committee, PMHS- PTA

• Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee, Pelham Middle School- PTA

• Parent Volunteer, Siwanoy School-PTA

• Den Leader, Pelham Cub Scouts

• Committee Member, Jennifer Monachino Lapey for Mayor of Village of Pelham Manor

A “humanitarian” in the truest sense of the word, Bill’s selflessness, generosity and benevolence have made Pelham a better community for all to live, and the Pelham Civics a stronger organization. We are proud to call him our Pelham Civic brother, and are honored to bestow upon him our Person of the Year Award for 2017.

Robert J. “Bob” Tracy

Bob Tracy has been one of the most valuable and effective members of the Pelham Civic Association for the past twenty years. His active volunteerism and leadership have resulted in the success of significant programs, projects and events that continue to have an enormous impact on our community.

Born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island, Bob went on to attend The College of the Holy Cross.  After graduation, Bob served a volunteer year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a drug abuse counselor in Houston, Texas. Bob returned to New York to attend St. John’s University School of Law where he met and married Marie McIntyre. He and Marie have two daughters, Kathryn and Maura. He is currently a Partner in the law firm of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP.

Bob has served the Pelham Civic Association as President, Chairman of the Board, Vice President of Youth Programs, Vice President of Community Programs, Secretary, and liaison to American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

Bob’s many talents and hard work have transcended the Pelham Civics into other worthwhile causes and charitable organizations throughout Pelham. The following represents just some of his other volunteer contributions:

• Vice President and Board Member of Pelham Education Foundation

• Board member and counsel to Hearts & Homes for Refugees

• Member and co-chair of Pelham Interfaith Council

• Alumni Interviewer & Class Co-Chair of Annual Giving, The College of the Holy Cross

• Village Attorney, Village of Pelham 2003-2008 (served as volunteer)

• OLPH, Lector and past member of Parish Finance Council

• Member, Citizens Nominating Committee

• Member, Pelham Middle School Construction Advisory Committee

• Commissioner, Coach, Publicity Coordinator- Pelham Recreation Soccer

• Coach, Pelham Recreation Softball

Bob’s unselfish spirit of giving has been evident from his year as a Jesuit Volunteer 35 years ago to his contributions to Pelham charities and organizations that continue to this day.  Whenever Bob is asked to help, he says “yes.” It is this spirit of sacrifice and generosity toward others that makes our fellow Pelham Civic brother very special… and the recipient of our 2017 Person of the Year.

For those new in Town, The Pelham Civic Association is one of New York State’s most active volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to assisting the youth, the elderly, the financially needy, and the mentally and physically challenged throughout our community. Its many programs, projects and events are fueled through a fall fundraising drive that culminates at its Annual Dinner Dance Gala on October 27th at the beautiful Fountainhead in New Rochelle. So please “Save-the-Date” : October 27th.

Photos by Domenica Comfort

CAREER PATHS FOR OUR STUDENTS JUST GOT HEALTHIER!

Expert panelists, from left to right: John Reda, Physical Therapist, Mian Catalano, Registered Dietician,,Shiranda Rhodes, Surgical Physician’s Assistant and ER Physician, Michael Lahn, MD.  Photo by Deborah Karson

Expert panelists, from left to right: John Reda, Physical Therapist, Mian Catalano, Registered Dietician,,Shiranda Rhodes, Surgical Physician’s Assistant and ER Physician, Michael Lahn, MD.  Photo by Deborah Karson

PMHS STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT JOBS & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY AT PELHAM CIVICS CAREER WORKSHOP

 by Joe Nunziata      

(APRIL 19, 2017 - PELHAM, NY) Once again, PMHS students filled Alumni Hall for a Career Workshop on Wednesday morning April 19th to learn about the job and career pathways in the Healthcare industry. The panel of medical experts from Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville (part of New York-Presbyterian) volunteered for the morning seminar with just the right dose of knowledge and direction. Included were: John Reda, Physical Therapist, Mian Catalano, Registered Dietician, Shiranda Rhodes, Surgical Physician’s Assistant and Emergency Room Physician, Michael Lahn, MD.

It was all part of the Pelham Civic Association’s & Pelham Memorial High School Guidance Department’s Career Workshop Program. According to Pelham Civic Association Program Chairman Michael Clain, “There was a huge amount of valuable information provided to the students. They were introduced to pathways that would lead them to jobs and careers in the ever-growing healthcare industry, including education requirements and work experience. We cannot thank the panelists enough for volunteering their time and expertise to this morning’s successful workshop.” 

The purpose of these interactive workshops is to provide students with a glimpse of the broad range of careers available, hopefully encouraging them to consider a future in those fields.

 

PELHAM WOMEN’S CLUB DONATES $1000 TO PELHAM CIVICS’ “HELP A CHILD/CHANGE A LIFE” PROGRAM

(PELHAM – MAY 12, 2016) When Joy Dechiario, President of the Pelham Women’s Club heard and read about the success of the Pelham Civic Association’s Help a Child/Change a Life student initiative, she and her organization knew that this is a program that merited support, and donated $1000 at the Pelham Civics Membership Meeting on May 11 th . “For years, the Pelham Civics have been assisting individuals and families in need throughout our community. Their Help a Child/Change a Life program gives students who cannot afford the extra tutoring and supplies the kind of help that really makes a difference. This is something that the Pelham Women’s Club stands behind and supports, and we urge others to support them as well.” Ken Shirreffs, President of the Pelham Civics, added “We are extremely grateful for the continued support the Pelham Women’s Club has been providing the Civics. They are an organization that helps make Pelham a very special community.” Founded in 1950, the Pelham Women’s Club is a volunteer social and charitable organization that holds meetings every third Thursday of the month at the Daronco Town House. They provide its over 60 members with educational and entertaining events, workshops and seminars; annually presents three significant scholarship awards to PMHS senior students; and supports charitable causes throughout Pelham. For more information about the Pelham Women’s Club, please contact Co-Presidents Joy Dechiario

(914-803- 0057) or Lynn Nardone (914-738- 2103).

 

Pelham Civic President Ken Shirreffs, Pelham Women’s Club Co-President Joy Dechiario, Loretta Barsanti, Louise Pedretti, Ida Petro, and Pelham Civic Help a Child /Change a Life Chairman Rich Davidian. (Not in photo: Pelham Women’s Club Co-President Lynn Nardone)

Pelham Civic Association Gala to Honor Anthony & Jeanette Senerchia and Ken Shirreffs as “Persons of the Year” on October 30th

PELHAM CIVIC ASSOCIATION
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 17, 2015
CONTACT JOE NUNZIATA 914-490-2002
joseph@nunziata-advertising.com

(August 16, 2015 – Pelham, NY) The date is Friday October 30, 2015.  mark it down on your  calendar … enter it into your i-phone … put it on your refrigerator… and wear your dancing shoes because the Pelham Civic Association will be hosting their 76th Annual Dinner Dance Gala and Las Vegas Night! 

The place: The Fountainhead, in New Rochelle. A fabulous venue for a terrific, fun and exciting time that is set out to be Pelham’s “social highlight of the year!”

 It’s when the Pelham Civic Association - one of Westchester County’s most active, volunteer charitable organizations, assisting the youth, the elderly, the financially needy and the physically and mentally challenged - will proudly honor its 2015 Persons of the Year Jeanette & Anthony Senerchia and Kenneth Shirreffs.

Jeanette & Anthony Senerchia have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of ALS and were directly responsible for the world-renowned “Ice Bucket Challenge”, which to date, has raised over $220 million for ALS Research. In addition, they established The Anthony Senerchia Jr. Charitable Foundation  - a non-profit foundation dedicated to assisting underprivileged families suffering from ALS. 

Ken Shirreffs is a long-time member of the Pelham Civic Association, a Pelham Civics Board of Director, and one of the most successful Chairmen of the Civics’ Needy Cases/Good Neighbor Program. In addition to his active volunteerism nationally and globally, Ken has elevated our local fundraising to a record-breaking level - particularly through the Pelham Civics’ Benefit Golf Outing. Ken’s exemplary efforts have enabled these significant programs to expand and help countless individuals and families in need. He is also a member of the Village of Pelham Zoning Board of Appeals. 

In addition to the heartfelt evening of honoring such remarkable people, the evening will include hours of fun and excitement, with a Las Vegas Night component added on! It’s where you can play exciting games, including blackjack, three-card poker, roulette and craps…Dance the night away to both a DJ and a live band, The Stellar Wolfs… Participate in both live & silent auctions… Win fabulous raffle prizes, including a $10,000 Grand Prize… Enjoy a cocktail hour, three-course dinner and top-shelf open bar… and more!!!

Joe Nunziata, longtime office of the Pelham Civics, added, “The Senerchias and the Shirreffs are remarkable families. They are selfless, gracious, and always willing to roll up their sleeves and contribute whenever and wherever there is someone in need. They are truly exemplary of what the community of Pelham and the Pelham Civics stand for. We are profoundly proud to present them with our most prestigious award.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Pelham Civic Dinner Dance Chairman Steven Shekane at 212-249-2745, or sshekane@aol.com

Jeanette, Anthony & Taya Senerchia (Photo by Deborah Karson)

Jeanette, Anthony & Taya Senerchia (Photo by Deborah Karson)

Kenneth & Donna Shirreffs, and Jon & Shanna Shirreffs (Photo by Domenica Comfort Photographs)

Kenneth & Donna Shirreffs, and Jon & Shanna Shirreffs (Photo by Domenica Comfort Photographs)

 

 

 

Pelham Civics Supports Special Needs Hockey Team

Article originally published in the December 19, 2014 edition of The Pelham Weekly 

On New Years Day while professional teams from the National Hockey League  will compete in their annual Winter Classic, another kind of very special teams will also be competing on January 11thup at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford in their own Winter Classic made up of Special Needs Hockey Teams – one being The New York Raptors.

To help support the team, the Pelham Civic Association has donated $1000 to this special not-for-profit ice hockey program that provides kids and young adults who have physical and mental disabilities with an opportunity to skate, play and compete in organized ice hockey games.

Read the full press release HERE

Recap: 2014 Pelham Golf Outing

The Pelham Civic Association, December 2014 –

The Pelham Civic Association held its 25th Annual Benefit Golf Outing this year at the Pelham Golf Club. The event once again raised funds for the “Needy Cases/Good Neighbor” program of the Pelham Civics. Tim Case chaired the golf event committee, which also included Mike Ming, Chris Reim, Pete Potocki and Harry Wasilchak.

Pelham Civics Donate Thanksgiving Dinners to 112 Families in the Pelhams

Article originally published in the December 5, 2014 edition of The Pelham Weekly 

A total of 112 families in the Pelhams, representing more than 400 people, received Thanksgiving food baskets filled with turkeys, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, holiday pies, apple cider and more from the Pelham Civic Association, with the help of DeCicco & Sons.

2014 Pelham Civic Raffle Winners

November 12, 2014

Here are the winners of the Pelham Civic Association annual raffle.

Grand Prize: $10,000.00 Cash

Winner: Dominic Broccoli #0046

Five Dollar Raffle Prizes:

1st Prize: 1,000.00 Cash

Winner: Virginia Hartmere #1001

2nd Prize: Golf Outing Foursome

at Pelham Country Club

Winner: Tom Shirreffs #0747

3rd Prize: $500.00 Gulf Gas Giftcard

Donated by Paul’s Pelham Gulf Station

Winner: Sam Conca #3003

4th Prize: $500.00 Dining in Pelham Giftcards

La Fontanella, Bistro Rollins, Rockwell’s Villaggio Ristorante, B&B’s Fifth Avenue Pub.

Winner: Germaine Rosa #6745

5th Prize: Flat Screen 39″ Color Television

Donated by Peter at Tiso Appliance

Winner: Tom Lavin #6839