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Westchester County, N.Y. (June 21, 2012) - The United Way of Westchester and Putnam Tocqueville Society recently held its annual celebration as part of a series of 50th anniversary events. Barbara Cohen, former chair of the Tocqueville Society, and H. Rodgin Cohen hosted the cocktail reception in their Irvington, N.Y. home.
Meyer G. Koplow, New Rochelle, chair of the Tocqueville Society, announced that he and his wife Ellen have remembered United Way of Westchester and Putnam in their estate plans so that United Way may continue for generations to impact the lives of people looking for a better life in the community. In her acknowledgement, Naomi L. Adler, Esq., President and CEO, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, noted that a legacy gift represents the highest level of charity – giving to those with whom you will never watch benefit from your generosity.
The guest speaker was Frank Williams Jr., executive director of The City of White Plains Youth Bureau. Mr. Williams is also President of Passage to Excellence, a United Way partner in the Health initiative Step Up 2 Health which works to reduce obesity rates through education, exercise, nutrition programs and community gardens. Passage to Excellence is a faith-based program that increases the quality of life by teaching participants how to make better food choices and get more exercise and by providing access to timely and accessible health screenings. Through the partnership, Mr. Williams is leading faith communities to adopt a health and fitness strategy to combat obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
John M. Bendheim Sr. and family were recognized for establishing recently The Bendheim Community Disaster Recovery Endowment Fund for United Way of Westchester and Putnam through the Leon Lowenstein Foundation. The purpose of this fund is to provide direct disaster recovery assistance to families as well as local nonprofits affected by colossal natural and man-made disasters. It also ensures that United Way leads the development and coordination of local not-for-profit disaster response and long-term disaster recovery efforts as the need arises and enables Westchester to respond rapidly to any future disasters. Mr. Bendheim of Scarsdale is a Loyal Contributor and member of the Tocqueville Society and held many key positions with the United Way local committee in Scarsdale-Edgemont, including the chairmanship.
For more information on United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s 50th anniversary event activities, including partnership opportunities, visit www.uwwp.org.
About United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, United Way of Westchester and Putnam operates with the fundamental belief that all people deserve a quality education, enough income to support a family, and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. The not-for-profit organization works with agency partners, government, businesses and community leaders to solve problems that are too complex for any one entity alone. All contributions go toward improving the education, income, and health of the children, youth and families throughout Westchester and Putnam. United Way’s Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1, covering Westchester and Putnam as well as Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties, answers up to 500 calls and 1,000 online inquiries per day ranging from tax, heating, and mortgage questions to childcare, basic needs, natural disaster and crisis calls. United Way of Westchester and Putnam is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. They can be reached at 914-997-6700 or by visiting www.uwwp.org. Follow United Way on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UnitedWayWP) and Twitter (@UnitedWayWP) for the latest news and updates.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Vice President, Major Gifts and Gift Planning
914-997-6700, ext. 760