Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) May 8, 2010
The Greyston Foundation, a Yonkers, New York-based community development and social services organization, proudly announces its annual benefit on Thursday, June 3 at X2O Xavier's on the Hudson in Yonkers, NY. The dinner will recognize Greyston founding board member and parenting expert Ann Pleshette Murphy (of Manhattan) and Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore (of Bronxville) as this year's Benefit Honorees for their outstanding service and dedication.
Greyston's services for children and youth are vital to the Southwest Yonkers community. Greyston provides affordable childcare; free after-school, social, and summer educational programs; as well as adolescent workforce development to the neighborhood's most vulnerable youth. These programs provide parents with the high-quality childcare needed so they can secure and maintain meaningful employment at a livable wage.
Honoree Ann Pleshette Murphy is a founding member of the Greyston Foundation. She oversaw the creation of many of Greyston's successful children's programs including the nationally accredited Child Care Center, and is an enthusiast of Greyston's holistic programs that support individuals on their path to self-sustaining lives. As the former Editor-in-Chief of Parents magazine, Pleshette Murphy brings the advice and insights of child development experts, researchers, pediatricians, child advocates, and educators to her readers and helped them to navigate the challenging waters of parenthood. She is the author of two books, "The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Loving Your Life Without Losing Your Mind," and "The Secret of Play: How to Raise Smart, Healthy, Caring Kids from Birth to Age 12." Pleshette Murphy serves as a parenting expert for Good Morning America, and hosts her own show on ABC News Now, "Parenting with Ann Pleshette Murphy."
District Attorney Janet DiFiore has dedicated her extensive career to public service as both a Judge and prosecutor in Westchester County. As District Attorney she is committed to three important goals -- promoting public safety, ensuring fairness in criminal prosecutions, and upholding the highest standard of prosecutorial integrity. As Chair of the Westchester County Reentry Task Force, DA DiFiore leads the team of government and not-for-profit agencies that assist men and women returning home to Westchester County from state prison, linking these individuals to needed services that help them rejoin the community. DA DiFiore also co-chairs the Justice Task Force, a permanent task force established to examine all aspects of wrongful convictions.
Since becoming DA in 2005, Janet DiFiore has partnered with the Greyston Foundation on numerous occasions in their shared efforts to help individuals and families realize their paths to self-sufficiency, including issues of quality child care services and after-school programs. She also shares the commitment of the Greyston Foundation to assisting those who have been incarcerated to rebuild their lives. She is a life-long resident of Westchester County and has served on the boards and in leadership positions of numerous professional, civic, and local school organizations.
"We are delighted to honor both Ann Pleshette Murphy and Janet DiFiore, who are leaders in their respective fields and have served as incredible champions for Greyston's programs. These women have worked tirelessly to ensure that future generations have the opportunity and confidence to achieve academic, social, and civic success," said Jeffrey Koslowsky, Greyston Foundation Board of Directors Chair.
The benefit is coordinated by Benefit Chairs Harriet and Rick Helfenbein (of Chappaqua, NY), Denise and Jeffrey Koslowsky (of Scarsdale, NY), and Patti McCormick and Paul Critchlow (of Manhattan) and Dinner Committee Chair Carolyn Bender. The Honorary Chairs are Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Senator Charles Schumer.
Greyston is a national model for comprehensive community development and is the leading services organization dedicated to supporting low-income individuals and families in Yonkers. Yonkers represents the state's fourth largest city and contains the largest concentration of poverty in affluent Westchester County. Greyston is also an integral partner in the current revitalization effort in Yonkers and has been at the forefront of creating affordable housing for the past two decades.
Tickets for the annual gala begin at $350 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jonathan Greengrass at 914-376-3900 ext. 295. Event and raffle tickets are also available at http://www.greyston.org.
About the Greyston Foundation
Established in 1984, Greyston Foundation is an entrepreneurial and spiritually grounded not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2,200 largely minority, inner-city residents from southwest Yonkers and employs more than 140 staff, 60% of whom are entry level. The organization creates opportunities for families and individuals to break the cycle of poverty and forge a path to self-sufficiency and community transformation. Greyston provides jobs, workforce development, low-income housing, youth services and health care. Initiatives include a Child Care Center, Community Gardens Program, Family & Youth Services, Maitri Adult Day Healthcare Program, Yonkers Green Connection, and Greyston Bakery.
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