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A Tree Grows in Pleasantville

More than 350 guests, including State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Westchester County Legislator John Nonna, attended the Jewish Child Care Association’s fifth annual benefit, entitled A Tree Grows in Pleasantville. The event was the organization’s most successful. Though no trees grew, a lot of green was raised—more than $300,000 for The Cottage Schools (Pleasantville Cottage School, Edenwald Center, and Pleasantville Diagnostic Center), the JCCA’s at-risk youth residential treatment programs. “I continue to be amazed by the ongoing support to The Cottage Schools from our friends in the community,” says Barbara Salmanson, president of Jewish Child Care Association. “Their enthusiasm and commitment is truly inspiring and deeply appreciated.” The importance of the evening was highlighted when two Cottage School residents spoke about how the residential treatment center had changed their lives. The evening was held in The Cottage School’s dining room, decorated with four seasonal trees representing the event’s theme, Four Seasons of Caring.

PHOTOS: Eduardo Patino and Andy Wainwright for the Jewish Child Care Association

Lori Greene, Kerry Zaro, and Beth Waldenberg, all of Armonk
David and Melissa Kogan of Chappaqua
Lory Gilberg and Meg Goodman, both of Scarsdale
Claudia Grassey of Briarcliff Manor, Arlen and Kathy Goldberg of Armonk, and Eliot Kaplan, Today Show Financial Editor Jean Chatzky, and Laura Mogil, all of Briarcliff Manor

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PHOTO: Lynda Shenkman Curtis

Maggie Gyllenhaal and recent Oscar winner Jeff Bridges attended a preview screening of their buzzed-about film Crazy Heart at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville

Andi Hessekiel, Susan McGovern, Gina Giordano, and Judy Secon, all of Rye, at The Rye Youth Council’s 20th annual gala held at the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club


Alisa Kesten of New Rochelle, Wendy Nadel of Bedford, Reena Kashyap of Rye, Jean Glassman of Briarcliff Manor, and Debby Neiterman of Purchase at The Volunteer Center of the United Way’s 60th anniversary celebration held at the penthouse event space at Avalon on the Sound East in New Rochelle


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Tom Jocelyn of Yorktown and Lena Cavana of Tarrytown at a wine tasting to benefit Blythedale Children’s Hospital and held at Sterling Cellars in Mahopac, New York

At a Haiti fundraiser for the Afya Foundation (afyafoundation.org) held at Rainwater Grill in Hastings-on-Hudson:

Sarah Schuyler of Riverdale, New York, and David Bowen of Hastings-on-Hudson
Bob Heaney and Ryan Heaney, both of White Plains
Roxanne Horowitz of Dobbs Ferry and Becca Mudge of Hastings-on-Hudson
Pete Bundrick of Ardsley and Clair Dougherty of Hastings-on-Hudson




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PHOTO: Lynda Shenkman Curtis

Stephen Apkon, founder and executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, of Pleasantville, with Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange at the annual Silver Screen Circle dinner held at the Burns Center in Pleasantville

John Nyikos of Naples, Florida, Jeff Nyikos of Katonah, Chris Nyikos of Yorktown Heights, and Mike Basso of White Plains at a LCT Magazine ceremony naming Elmsford-based Leros Limo Service operator of the year and held at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas


At the ArtsWestchester Arts Gala held at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown:

Eugene M. Grant and wife Emily of Mamaroneck with daughter Terri Grant (center) of Charlottesville, Virginia
ArtsWestchester Executive Director Janet T. Langsam of Armonk, New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Scarsdale, and Robert Weisz of Greenwich, Connecticut

Tom O’Brien of Bedford, Chef Jonathan Pratt, co-owner of Peter Pratt’s Inn in Yorktown and ümami Café in Croton-on-Hudson, of Yorktown, and Brian Skanes of Mount Kisco at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s first Chef Series dinner fundraiser held at the Club’s Kisco Kids Café in Mount Kisco

Danielle Werner, Eric DiBartolo, Monica Garrigan, and Jane McCarthy, all of Yorktown Heights, at the Yorktown American Cancer Society Relay for Life kickoff event held at Travelers Rest in Ossining

PHOTO: Jodee Novak

PHOTO:  Gary Ditlow

Katie Gohde-Haase of Chappaqua, David Hochberg of Katonah, Bob Pliskin of White Plains, and Peter Nagy of Greenburgh at the opening reception for the 35th annual Ground Glass Photo Exhibition held at Hiram Halle Memorial Library in Pound Ridge


Harness racer Jordan Stratton, WPIX-TV weekend weatherman Chris Knowles, and wife, CNN’s American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry, of Larchmont, and harness racer Jason Bartlett at the National Weatherman’s Day dinner party held at Yonkers Raceway

PHOTO: Tom Berg




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