Left to Right Max Jacobs, YMCA Vice Board Chair; Joseph Casarella, Service to Youth Award recipient; Beth Davidson, Community Service Award Recipient; Chris Sampson, Distinguished Service Award Recipient; Kim Coons, YMCA Board Chair; and Chuck Maze, YMCA CEO at the Nyack Seaport.(Bob Wallace Photography)
Thank you to everybody who participated in the Rockland County YMCA's annual Night of MAGIC Gala which was held on Dec 6th at the Nyack Seaport. We had a wonderful evening with more than 160 people in attendance to recognize three outstanding citizens and raise funds to support YMCA Youth Programs.
Chris Sampson, former Clerk for the Town of Ramapo, received the Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his dedicated service to the Y and the community including leadership roles as Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors and Immediate Past President of the Spring Valley Rotary Club. Chris also serves on the YMCA Board of Trustees and as Vice Chair of the Regional Committee on Membership Standards for the YMCA of the USA.
Beth Davidson received the Community Service Award based on her service to many community organizations including as Secretary of the Nyack Free School District Board of Education, the Nyack Center, Keep Rockland Beautiful, and as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She is an a strong advocate for healthy living at the YMCA where her family participates in swimming, tennis and Healthy Kids Day.
Joseph Casarella received the Service to Youth Award for his dedication and excellent work with the youth of Rockland for more than 50 years as a teacher, Hall of Fame Coach, and Director of Athletics for North Rockland High School. Coach Casarella has been a strong supporter of the YMCA programs such as Family Swim Nights at North Rockland High School and has assisted with the YMCA Golf Outing to provide camp scholarships.
The Night of MAGIC stands for Making A Genuine Impact on Children and the proceeds will benefit many YMCA youth programs including After School Programs, the Y's Beginnings Preschool, Youth and Teen memberships, Summer Camp, and Teen Leadership and Mentoring Programs for high school girls (GTO) and boys(SUITS), and the YMCA Youth and Government Programs.
Thanks again to everybody, whether you sponsored the event, donated, bought a journal ad or attended! We are grateful for your continued support to provide youth programs! If you were unable to attend, but would still like to support any of our honorees, please contact Eileen Carson at 845 358 0632 or ECarson@rocklandymca.org
and we'll make sure they know of your support!
Have a wonderful HOLIDAY SEASON everybody!!