The Rockland County YMCA held its annual Night of MAGIC to honor outstanding leaders for Making a Genuine Impact on Children and to benefit YMCA youth programs.
The event attracted 110 YMCA supporters and guests and raised more than $30,000. “We greatly appreciate the generous contributions from our guests and many supporters” commented Chuck Maze, CEO. The Honorable Linda Christopher, chief volunteer officer for the YMCA, noted “Our honorees have given exemplary service which has had a positive impact on our community.”
Peggy Koval was the recipient of the YMCA Service to Youth Award for her dedicated service as a YMCA Board Member and at the Haverstraw Center. She was instrumental in leading Girl Scout groups, facilitating the Strengthening Families workshops and planting the community garden with children in Haverstraw. Her service on the YMCA’s fundraising committees for its Golf Outing and Night of MAGIC has helped many children of low-income families enjoy and benefit from the YMCA’s youth programs.
Joseph Allen, senior vice president of Active International, was the recipient of the Community Service Award for working collaboratively with many organizations to benefit the community. He initiated the Active Charity Challenge which helps not-for-profit organizations like the YMCA raise funds through events held at Rockland Boulders Baseball Games. He also serves as president of the Board of Directors for People to People, which is Rockland’s largest food pantry and helps struggling people through difficult times with dignity.
Tom Zugibe, Rockland County district attorney, received the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership and service to make Rockland County a safer place for children and families to live and work. As District Attorney, he has implemented initiatives that have emphasized prevention, intervention and diversion for youth. Tom and his wife Peggy are active members of the North Rockland Rotary Club where they volunteer on service projects that benefit many children in the community.
The proceeds from the Night of MAGIC provide scholarships for youth memberships and support YMCA programs throughout Rockland County including the Y’s Beginning Pre-School in Suffern, before- and after-school programs, the Children’s Center at Family Court in New City, Youth & Teen Programs and the YMCA Youth and Government Clubs.