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2018 Philanthropy Day Honorees
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Long Island Community Foundation Nonprofit Impact Award
Sisters of St. Joseph
The Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood are the largest order of Catholic women religious on Long Island, and have a 160-year tradition of ministering wherever they are needed. Their mission includes empowering women and girls, education, health care, social justice, ecological conservation, and spirituality.
The Sisters strive to live their mission by responding to the needs of “our” time. They are educators from elementary to the university level, social workers, health care professionals, parish ministers, spiritual directors, administrators, and environmentalists. They serve in the fields of law and medicine; advocate for social justice and immigration reform.
OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL
Beverly Lacy, CFRE
Bev Lacy, CFRE, in concert with various CEOs, Executive Directors, Y Senior Staff, Volunteers, and Development Staff has raised over $40M in the New York City Metro Region and Delaware. Her accomplishments include major capital campaigns, program design, endowment gifts and the case for support, events at landmark Manhattan and Westchester venues, cultivation of A-list celebrity hosts and talent, and board and donor development at four different YMCA Associations.
Since 2016, Bev has served the YMCA of Long Island as Vice President of Philanthropy where she has helped build a new culture of giving with senior management. Bev began her extensive career with the YMCA in New York City in 1995. She has made a significant impact in all her former roles, including
• Interim Development Department Head, YMCA of Delaware ($35M) YMCA Association
• Director of Development, Y MCA of Central & Northern Westchester, ($9M) YMCA Association
• Major Gifts and Capital Campaign Officer, YMCA of Greater New York, West Side YMCA
• Assistant Director, Capital Campaign, YMCA of Greater New York, West Side YMCA
• Associate Director of Special Events, YMCA of Greater New York
Bev has written many successful proposals to creatively match donor interest with YMCA initiatives such as a summer learning-loss prevention; STEM in Summer Camp and An Active Older Adults Senior Social Hour combined with a fall prevention program. She has worked with corporations to brand programs and projects, while mutually highlighting the partners' commitment to the community.
THE GILBERT TILLES AWARD
Paddlers for Humanity
Paddlers for Humanity is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in East Hampton, NY dedicated to bettering the lives of children, with an emphasis on supporting innovative and comprehensive mental health programs for kids and youth, including greater early intervention outreach, resiliency, anti-bullying, and changing behavior through a focus on the positive. The P4H Catastrophic Fund supports families in crisis on the East End of Long Island.
Every summer, Paddlers for Humanity organizes the Block Challenge, an 18-mile open ocean crossing from Montauk to Block Island. The Block Challenge brings together a community of women, men, and students to achieve a goal beyond themselves - undertaking the physical and mental challenge of the paddle, with the purpose of bettering the lives of children. Paddlers must raise or contribute a minimum of $1500 in order to participate.
OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER
Dr. Joseph and Mrs. MaryAnn Mills
Dr. Joseph and MaryAnn Mills have devoted the past 20 years hosting their annual fundraiser, “The Mills Party For Life in memory of Peter Careccia.” Through their philanthropic efforts, they have raised over $2,000,000, supporting "Be The Match Foundation" for 10 years, American Cancer Society and now KIDS NEED MoRE for the last 10 years.
Each year the Mills family personally selects a lifesaving bone marrow donor and a recipient cancer survivor and provides the funding to meet for the very first time at the Annual Party for Life in front of over 400 attendees. Dr. Joseph Mills, lovingly referred to as "The Duke," sponsors an annual New York Yankee Opening Day Bus trip to the Bronx with over 300 guests and 50 children survivors and siblings of pediatric cancer. His lovely wife MaryAnn, aka “The Dutchess,” serves up the best tailgate party in the Bronx. In the past few years, Dr. Mills has joined cyclists with a group of his friends in the 40-mile Long Island Bike Challenge and raised money for the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research based in Manhasset, Long Island.
These are just the highlights of their community efforts and contributions. The Mills family has become synonymous with compassion, generosity and excellence in fundraising. Together, they gave KIDS NEED MoRE the seed funding to build it into a strong organization, helping over a thousand local children and families coping with childhood cancer each year.
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS OR CORPORATION
SUNation Solar Systems
Scott Maskin, Co-Founder and CEO of SUNation Solar Systems is a philanthropist who supports numerous organizations across Long Island. His involvement with Family Service League, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and Pal-O-Mine are just part of his commitment to making life better on Long Island.
Recently SUNation provided a complete rooftop solar-electric generating system to a family identified through Family Service League. Scott upgraded the electric service, approached a colleague about providing a new roof and paid the family’s electric bill until the project was completed.
He has led similar efforts for a Pal-O-Mine family who can now afford to send their child for services now that all of their electricity comes from their donated solar power system and for a family whose father, a Marine veteran, lost his battle with PTSD. With Maskin’s help, the family was gifted solar panels, labor, design, engineering services and other vendors who donated products and services.
As an active board member of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, he has helped develop program opportunities that give young women the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in this fast-growing energy sector.
He has identified opportunities at SUNation to help transgender individuals and to change social attitudes while creating employment opportunities, and hired employees with special needs, often carving out roles for them and ensuring they have respected integrated roles as members of the “Nation.”
Scott is also a huge supporter of Last Chance Animal Rescue, joined by enthusiastic SUNation employees. He and his wife Kristie have helped to whelp hundreds of puppies in their home. Scott provides for the expenses and holds regular events to raise money for the charity.
LEADERS OF TOMORROW
Casey Roszko was named The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year in 2018. Casey and her best friend and cancer survivor, Maddie Girard, led a team of 19 students, named “Team For the Love of the Blood” that raised more than $118,252 in a seven-week span for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) second annual Students of the Year campaign.
Casey is a senior at Manhasset High School and will attend Drexel University on a lacrosse and academic scholarship in Fall 2019.
She is a Member of the Spanish and History National Honor Society, the Manhasset Key Club and the Manhasset Jr Coalition Against Breast Cancer. Her dedication to sports is equally impressive: she is a member of the 2018 NYS Championship Team and was named All County Lacrosse Player in 2018, All Conference 2016 & 2018, UA Underclassmen All-American Team 2016, US Lacrosse National Tournament Team Champion 2018 and Nassau County Scholar Athlete 2016-2018. On the side, Casey plays soccer; she was captain of her team in 2017 and 2018 and named All-Class soccer player in 2017.
LEADERS OF TOMORROW
My name is Maddie Girard, and I am a senior at Manhasset High School. When I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I went through six rounds of chemo and radiation, an experience that I would want no other human to have to go through. My best friend Casey was there for me through my whole treatment. When she approached me with the idea to participate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) second annual Students of the Year campaign, I knew it was a no brainer. To be a part of something that helps towards the cure for cancer was an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. Also, to be able to do it with my best friend made it so much fun. Our team, For the Love of the Blood, raised $118,000 dollars in seven weeks. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing team and our amazing parents.