Photo Courtesy of Bob Wallace Photography
The Rockland County YMCA recently held its Night of MAGIC with 140 people assembling together at the Nyack Seaport to honor outstanding citizens and raise funds to support YMCA youth programs.
The Hon. Linda Christopher, chairperson of the YMCA Board of Directors, said, “We’re very proud to recognize our honorees for Making A Genuine Impact on Children. They have given exemplary service to our YMCA and youth organizations in our community.”
The Honorable Patricia Zippilli, commissioner of Jurors for Rockland County, received the Distinguished Service Award. She resides in West Haverstraw with her family and is an active member of her community, the North Rockland Rotary Club, and St. Peters Roman Catholic Church. As a member of the YMCA Board of Directors she also serves on the Children’s Center at the Family Court Advisory Committee and the North Rockland YMCA Development Committee. She is a strong advocate for YMCA and enjoys spreading the good news about the YMCAs many programs and events, and planning ways to expand programs in the North Rockland Community.
Annmarie & Bob Uhl received the Service to Youth Award for their commitment to youth development and education. They reside in Blauvelt with their sons Andrew, Mattthew, and Ryan who are scholar athletes. Annmarie is an educator and has served as a leader as President of the South Orangetown Board of Education, Chairwoman of the Orangetown Recreation Committee and the YMCA Board of Directors. Bob is a Partner at Deloitte and Touche, LLP and shares his expertise with Jawonio as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee for the South Orangetown School District. He has coached youth sports and is a supporter of YMCA youth programs.
Rita Harvey & Neil Berg are the recipients of the Community Service Award. They reside in Upper Nyack with their son Lucas David Berg who participated in the YMCA swimming program. Rita has performed in several leading roles in Broadway musicals and operas, as well as regional productions. Neil is a composer, lyricist, and producer of musical productions, On Broadway and Off-Broadway, and across the nation. He is the creator and co-producer of “Neil Bergs 100 years of Broadway”. Together they have performed in many concerts and productions to benefit local charities, including the YMCA.
Some of the highlights of the evening were the magnificent performance of songs by Rita Harvey and the successful live auction conducted by Howard Hellman. According to Chuck Maze, CEO of the YMCA, ” The Night of MAGIC event raised more than $20,000 thanks to our honorees, our benefit committee and the generous support from so many of our donors, businesses, YMCA members and friends.”
The proceeds from the Night of MAGIC will benefit YMCA programs including the Children’s Center at the Family Court; Y’s Beginnings Pre School, Y After School Programs; YMCA Youth & Government Programs, YMCA Teen Programs, and Youth Scholarships for children from low income families.
For more information about YMCA programs or membership please visit the YMCA at 35 South Broadway in Nyack, New York or please call 845-358-0245.