TD Charitable Foundation Gives Back Big

PLUS: Friends of Karen Expands Its Circle; A.G. Williams Beautifies Her Haven

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Kristi Hennessy has joined Friends of Karen, Inc. as its Major Gifts program manager, a new position.  Based at the charity’s North Salem office, Hennessy has primary responsibility for developing the program for major donors. Hennessy comes to Friends of Karen after 12 years at Historic Hudson Valley, where she managed donor relations.

Maria Freburg, vice president, senior business banker at Webster Bank, was recently named Chair of the Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Stars Alumni Group and will head the Steering and Selection Committees for the next two years. Freburg, who received the group’s 40 Under 40 honor in 2011, says that the group will conduct monthly educational seminars beginning in September.

For a second year, A.G. Williams is partnering with Her Haven to help transform the lives of deserving women, and will donate $6,000 in painting services. Her Haven actively partners with area talent and community resources to provide a professional-quality space that enhance lives.This year, Her Haven converted the Huntington House, a Victorian building in Bridgeport, into the Tina Klem Serenity House, named after Tina Klem, a former Chief Clinical Officer of the Recovery Network of Programs. 

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Operation Hope, a global nonprofit agency, has set up shop in Westchester to promote financial literacy to youth and other low-income residents. Through a contract, Operation Hope is working with the county’s Department of Social Services and the Westchester-Putnam One-Stop Employment Center—at no cost to the county or to people who seek its services. The One-Stop’s main office is located at 120 Bloomingdale Road White Plains and the DSS Mount Vernon District Office is at 100 E. First St., Mount Vernon. Learn more at

Lee Harrison Corbin, Esq., a founding partner at Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP, has joined the Armenian National Science & Education Fund (ANSEF) Board of Directors. Created to preserve scientific research in Armenia, ANSEF has awarded more than $2.5 million in competitive grants to support research in the humanities, natural sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.


The TD Charitable Foundation has awarded grants to two local enterprises:

The Westchester Library System received a $5,000 grant to support their youth outreach program, Learning Ambassadors. Learning Ambassadors is a youth work-learn initiative designed to enrich libraries’ summer-reading efforts.

The Foundation also awarded The Mental Health Association of Westchester with a $5,000 grant in support of community outreach for MHA’s new initiative OnTrackNY My Health, My Choices, My Future, which is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults who suffer from hallucinations or “unusual” behavior.

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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sharon DeChiara has transformed a life-long vision of creating an interdisciplinary wellness-medical spa into reality, with the recent grand opening of SpaChiara Saw Mill Club East in Mount Kisco. The facility boasts an all-inclusive hub, offering a comprehensive and unconventional mix of state-of-the-art medical treatments and ancillary services, complemented by holistic wellness treatments. The spa’s practice encompasses plastic surgery, dermal fillers, advanced skin treatments and laser work, with recovery periods facilitated by holistic treatments like Reiki.

Arts Alive grant applications are now being accepted from non-profit arts organizations and individual artists in Westchester.  Awarded annually, ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive grants help small Westchester-based grassroots organizations and artists to make arts and cultural activities easily accessible to a wide community audience. The deadline for submissions is October 18, 2013.  For more information, or contact Eric Siegel at 914-428-4220 x324 or

Ultimate Auto Body has opened a “Concierge’s Express” at 50 Palmer Ave, Bronxville. The new location, adjacent to the Metro North railroad station, will enable customers to easily just drop off their cars near their commute.  Ultimate Auto Body will also arrange for complimentary towing service and onsite rental car availability.


PLUS: iBio New York Business Incubator gets first tenant; County Executive candidates prepare for the upcoming election’s first face-off

Scarsdale prevails as the number-one “top-earning town” in the U.S., as judged by Money Magazine. The list of 25 towns, which also includes Rye at No. 10, is part of the magazine’s Best Places to Live issue. With a median family income of $291,542, the village features “well-off commuters who appreciate the quick half-hour train ride into Manhattan” who favor the village for its great schools and “appealing downtown peppered with Tudor-style buildings.” Rye, with its median family income of $221,457, was noted for its small-town feel and proximity to the Sound.

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Thermopraxis LLC, a new company that creates devices to treat brain injuries, has leased offices to serve as its headquarters at the Valhalla campus of New York Medical College. As the first prospective tenant for Westchester’s iBio-NY business incubator they’ll target companies like sports-equipment manufacturers and ambulance first-responders. The company expects to start clinical proof-of-concept trials of its initial proprietary products at metropolitan New York hospitals.

With the days of Summer 2013 rapidly dwindling, the first face-off between the two candidates for Westchester County Executive has been announced. The Business Council of Westchester will hold a debate between Republican incumbent County Executive Robert Astorino and Democratic challenger and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson on Wednesday, October 2. This race is the main event of the November election in Westchester, with important implications for the county’s economy and business climate. The debate will run from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the auditorium of the Reckson Metro Center in White Plains.


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MONDAY, 9/9/13

Professional Women of Westchester Hosts “Meet the Media” Panel

6 – 8 pm Crowne Plaza, 66 Hale Ave, White Plains. $15/PWW Member, $20pp non-members. Join us as we turn the tables on the press and let YOU to do the interviewing! Learn practical advice for working effectively with local media. Panelists include Faith Ann Butcher, publisher/editor-in-chief of the Hudson Valley Reporter; Kacey Morabito Grean, Morning Show co-host of 100.7 WHUD; Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News; Kathryn Walsh, managing editor of Westchester Magazine and 914INC. Includes appetizers. Cash Bar. Must pre-pay to attend—

TUESDAY, 9/10/13

Assistive Technology Seminar

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has partnered with Verizon to present an insightful seminar on assistive technology in the workforce. The event, open to the public, will be held 8:30 – 10 am at the Guiding Eyes’ Headquarters and Training facility in Yorktown Heights. Following the technology presentation, guests will be invited to tour the campus and meet Guiding Eyesdogs, professional trainers, and the current class of blind men and women.  Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Mary Jane Werner at 914.243.4348 or

THURSDAY, 9/19/13

Small Business Awards Cocktail Reception

914INC. Magazine, a Westchester Magazine publication, is delighted to invite you to the first Annual Excellence in Small Business Awards Cocktail Party The Crowne Plaza in White Plains. In recognition of the vital role that small businesses play in the county’s economy (with about 95% of all county businesses having fewer than 50 employees),914INC. Magazine is honoring the success of these businesses, the entrepreneurial spirit of their owners, and those individuals and entities who support them in both word and deed. Click here for the Small Business Awards homepage.

THURSDAY, 10/10/13

Tastes of Northern Westchester

Mount Kisco Country Club. Tickets are $125 each, or two for $200. Sponsored by the Mount Kisco Rotary Club, all proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and other Mount Kisco Rotary philanthropic programs. The event honors the Boys & Girls Club on its 75th Anniversary with a silent auction as well as some of the finest wine and cuisine of Northern Westchester. Contact Lisa Keogh at 914-666-8069 ext.112 or

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Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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