Pelham Civic Association Expands Its Programs for 2020
By Joe Nunziata
The Pelham Civic Association, founded in 1939, is one of New York State’s most active charitable, volunteer organizations. Its mission is to assist the Youth, the Elderly, the Financially Needy, and the Mentally & Physically Challenged; to promote civic-minded involvement by the Association’s members; encourage community spirit and pride; and offer service, advice and support for a variety of community programs and other charitable causes. According to its newly elected President, Michael Ming, “As we enter our 81st year, we are proud to enhance our outreach to the community with broader programs, projects and events.” The new administration includes:
President Michael Ming
VP/Fundraising Tim Case
VP/Strategy & Operations John Boyce
VP/Community Programs Rich Davidian
VP/Youth Programs Nick Senerchia
VP/Special & Social Programs Chris D’Angelo
VP/Finance Dan McLaughlin
In a joint venture with the Pelham Memorial High School Counseling Department, students are provided with presentations from working professionals from the community. This award-winning commitment is held in the High School’s Alumni Hall. Upcoming Career Workshops include: Technology (2/7), Politics and Civic Engagement (3/13), and Education (4/24).
Chair: Michael Clain
Throughout the year, the Membership Committee organizes informal gatherings for potential members to attend., providing opportunities to learn first-hand from Pelham Civic members the purpose, objectives, and volunteer programs and activities of the Pelham Civics.
Chair: John Boyce; 917-697-1681; email@example.com
Programs for the Elderly
We provide continued support for the senior citizens in our community throughout the year, with fun events and luncheons at the Daronco Town House.
Chair: Chris D’Angelo; 914-886-2852; firstname.lastname@example.org
Each school year, six Pelham Civic Association awards - value of $26,000 - go to students from Pelham who demonstrate civic leadership, volunteerism and charitable support. Applications Due Date TBD; Awards Assembly Date TBD, Middle School Gym.
Co-Chairs: Darrell Walsh:
Chris Constant: 917-532-7155;
Memorial Day Parade
In addition to marching, we fund and help arrange for U.S. Servicemen and Women to participate in the parade, providing them with transportation, breakfast and lunch.
Mon. May 25, 9am, Breakfast-Town House;11am Parade- Manor Club; Post Parade Lunch -Town H.
Chair: Joe Hall, 914-738-5578; email@example.com
Every June we run a highly popular outdoor “Sports Day” for all Pelham children, grades K through 5 at Glover Field. It’s a day of fun events, free T-shirts, medals, photos, food and refreshments. In June. Date TBD Glover Field, 9am; Registration: 8am. Chair: Carl Pannuti; 347-386-5926; firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefit Golf Outing
Our Annual Good Neighbor Benefit Golf Outing fuels our Good Neighbor Program. It iis a full day of golf, fun, food and beverages - concluding with cocktails, dinner and an exciting awards ceremony. Pelham Country Club. Date TBD.
Co-Chairs: Tim Case; 914-522-2052; email@example.com
Geoff Allen- 614-464-7822; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pelham’s “social highlight of the year,’’ our annual Gala raises funds for our programs, projects and events, and honors exemplary community volunteers as Persons of the Year. Fri., Nov 6, Glen Island Harbour Club
Chair: Michael Recca, 914-403-6522; email@example.com
Pelham Half Marathon & 10K
The Pelham Half Marathon and 10K are community-organized races on Saturday, Thanksgiving weekend for families, enthusiasts, and competitive runners alike. A “small-town” race right next to NYC, it attracts hundreds of runners from the New York area, United States, and internationally. 100% of net proceeds benefit Civic’s programs and events in the Pelham community. Sat. Nov. 28, 8 to 11am, Town House
Chair: Todd Cross 917-734-3652; toddcross@pelhamcivics
Each year, members and their families gather at The Daronco Town House to wrap hundreds of Christmas gifts to be delivered to children and families in need. Sat. Dec. 5, Town House.
Chair: Nick Senerchia 914-447-5752; firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Neighbor Program
Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, dinners are delivered to more than 100 area families as well as holiday presents to more than 150 Pelham children. Throughout the entire year, we quietly provide advice, support, and economic assistance to individuals and families with economic hardship.
Chair: Dr. Stanley Trocchia, 914-907-7818; Stanley.email@example.com
Help a Child, Change a Life Program
Winner of the prestigious Thomas B. Fenlon Award, this visionary initiative assists Pelham’s four elementary schools, Middle School and HS students from financially struggling families by providing access to learning tools, skill enrichment & social support programs throughout the year.
Chair: Rich Davidian; 914-552-0872; Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting the Mentally & Physically Challenged Special Needs
In addition to assisting in the creation of, and continual support of The Danny Fund for children of catastrophic illnesses, we assist USA Hockey’s New York Raptors - a special needs program for kids and adults with disabilities; and Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
Support of Community Programs
We actively support and co-sponsor many other organizations’ worthwhile community programs such as Calvary Hospital, Project Community, The Rotary Club of the Pelhams, Pelham Together, Pelham Booster Club, Pelham Little League… and others.