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AFPLI Congratulates Our
2017 Philanthropy Day Honorees

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Joani Madarash

Joani Madarash is fervent advocate for those whose voices may not be heard. She is active with American Cancer Society, School-Business Partnerships of LI (SBPLI), Suffolk County Rehabilitation Council, Suffolk County Disabilities Advisory Board, NYS APSE, Foundation for Sight & Sound (FSS) and Child Advocates of America. Her multi-media production company, accessLinx, has sponsored the Braille Challenge of Long Island and West Virginia since 2008.

A breast cancer survivor, Joani leads "Joani's Angels" for ACS’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Honored twice as Breast Cancer Survivor of the Year by the Waldbaum's Foundation, she designated donations in her honor to Adelphi University’s NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Programs. She was honored by FSS and served as Co-chair of their 10th annual “Blind” Wine Tasting Gala. Joani supports and spearheads countless events for SBPLI and twice served as Chair for SBPLI’s Sixty Over Sixty gala. She is the Community Fundraising Advisor for Child Advocates of America


Meredith Celentano

Meredith H. Celentano serves as AVP for Development and Alumni Affairs at Hofstra University. Celentano is responsible for a major gift portfolio as well as for operations such as alumni affairs, research, foundation relations, gift processes, data-management, special events, and annual giving within the office that raises more than $30 million annually. Meredith works closely with all levels of donors, alumni, and leadership to personally raise $1M and successfully accomplish the University’s goals and objectives.

Ms. Celentano has served in development roles at LIU, Lincoln Center, NYU, and Molloy College.  Meredith is a current member of the Board and immediate past president of GOTR-LI and serves on the Board of Mom-Mentum.  Ms. Celentano has also served as President-Elect of AFPLI and as Chair of Philanthropy Day.


PSEG Long Island

PSEG Long Island proudly serves 1.1 million electrical customers from Far Rockaway to Montauk. Established in January 2014, its mission is to provide customers with excellent customer service and reliability, as well as a workforce dedicated to giving back to their communities.

The company’s 2,200 employees raise tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes like the March of Dimes March for Babies and the American Cancer Society.

Generous employees also give more than $100,000 to the United Way of Long Island each year, and the company’s 13 Employee Business Resource Groups regularly assist local organizations that support veterans, feed the hungry, and help disadvantaged youth.


Long Island Cares Inc. The Harry Chapin Food Bank

Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank was founded in 1980 by the late singer, songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin in response to the issue of hunger on Long Island.  Long Island Cares’ mission is to bring together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and to the best of their ability, provide for the humanitarian needs of the community.  Although the distribution of 7 million pounds of food annually is at the heart of Long Island Cares operations, they  conduct a wide array of direct services for veterans, children, seniors and the homeless.  Long Island Cares is a member of Feeding America and is recognized by the New York State Department of Health and the USDA as the Regional Food Bank for Long Island.



Hon. Roger Tilles

Roger Tilles is widely known as a visionary leader and patron of the arts and education. He worked to form the Long Island Arts Alliance and currently serves as Advisory Board Chair. Since 2005 he has served as Long Island’s representative on the New York Board of Regents. He has also served as Chair and a founding member of the Association for a Better Long Island, Chair of the Long Island Regional Planning Board, Chair of the LIU Post Board of Trustees, Executive Vice Chairman of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and served on the boards of both WNET and WLIW Public Television stations and the Long Island Association’s Board and Executive Board. Additionally, he has worked on Interfaith projects on Long Island, most notably with the late Monsignor Tom Hartman.



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Matthew Redlein


Matthew Redlein has never let any obstacles get in the way of his goal: to raise awareness about service dogs and to help America’s Vet Dogs, the sister organization of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Partially blind since birth as the result of a hereditary condition, Matthew began fundraising as a seventh grader at Nesaquake Middle School in Smithtown.  Matthew’s fundraising efforts include selling custom-made America’s Vet Dogs bracelets, lollipops and baked goods, organizing movie nights and other special events and online fundraising. As of this writing, Matthew has raised $43,721.49, with the goal of $50,000. When he does, eight service dogs will be trained to make life better for combat veterans and blind individuals.

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Colin Robinson


Colin Robinson is a senior at Baldwin Senior High School and has already demonstrated leadership skills that have made dramatic differences in the lives of others. For his Eagle Scout Project, he wanted to help the St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf in Jamaica, West Indies. With hard work and determination, he raised enough money to ship seven barrels of books, school supplies, toiletries, sign language books, and a laptop to the school in July 2016.

Colin is active with many volunteer groups, including Leo Club, Key Club, Boy Scouts, Book Fairies, Baldwin Public Library, Energia For Teens, Prodigy School for the Arts, Hurricane Sandy relief, Share Foods, Mary Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen, Rockville Centre Youth Council, Brookside Preserve Clean up, and the Baldwin Senior Center.



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