|A joint venture with Entergy, “Planning Ahead” is your source for upcoming not-for-profit events, philanthropic and sponsorship opportunities and much more.
“With Westchester’s prolific not-for-profit, business, cultural and arts community, there’s always something going on – annual meetings, gala events or that last golf outing of the season,” said Ken Theobalds, Director of Governmental Affairs for Entergy. “Navigating this busy business and social scene is almost impossible.
‘Planning Ahead’ provides a calendar of major events and sponsorship opportunities, with insightful comments from community and business leaders, as well as helpful marketing and branding tips for making the most of your next event. It’s a great tool for planners, marketers, community relations professionals and those executives involved in corporate philanthropy.”
A date conflict can be a huge hurdle to overcome. For not-for-profit leaders, development officers, and special events planners, “Planning Ahead” offers essential information for organizing and promoting successful major benefits.
The “Planning Ahead” master calendar is an invaluable resource for planners and the public to help avoid scheduling conflicts and assure that we al work together to keep our charities thriving.
Referencing “Planning Ahead” when you are booking your next event is an easy step towards securing the success of your event.
Every month, “Planning Ahead” highlights a different organization to promote their mission. It also features insights on ways you can get involved, maximizing giving opportunities, tips for the event planner and sponsor, corporate giving strategies— all the information you need today to make informed decisions about tomorrow’s business and philanthropy opportunities.
“Planning Ahead” is published monthly in the Westchester County Business Journal and can be can be viewed at all times right here.
Tips from Jim Steets
Finding new donors for your non-profit is a continuous challenge that requires persistence, ingenuity and a lot of creativity. The tried and true ways of doing things are good to maintain but if you want to reach a new audience and establish new relationships, you might want to try something, well, new!
- Consider an on-line contest requiring visitors to submit their email address.
- Host a raffle or give-away requiring supporters’ names and emails.
- Host a joint event with another like-minded organization.
- Ask company supporters to consider spotlighting your organization on their website, blog or newsletter.
- Ask your top donors to host a small event where you can introduce your organization to their friends, neighbors or colleagues.
Remember to obtain a potential donor’s contact information, and have your standard question at the ready. For example, “May I take down your email address so I may send you more information about our organization?” An email address may be seen as less threatening than asking for a donor’s address or phone number.
But if you like any of these ideas, proceed only after you’re sure you won’t be over-extending yourself at the cost of your proven programs. More is not necessarily better but good ideas can sometimes generate a lot of excitement and valuable support. Good Luck!
— Jim Steets, Vice President,
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
For over four decades, the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. has been “getting Westchester to work” by linking parents to child care options best suited for their families, delivering professional training and consultation to the over 750 regulated child care businesses in the county, and promoting policies that increase child care quality and affordability. The household with a parent at home full-time is now the exception rather than the norm, so access to safe, affordable child care and after school programs is an essential for working families at every income level. For low-wage earning families, a quality early childhood experience can be a lifetime difference maker for their children.
The Council has something for everyone!
For parents, we take the worry out of finding and choosing child care…
- Trained counselors available M-F 9 to 5 with child care options from our database
- e-Child Care Search on our website accessible 24/7 for busy parents
- Info and assistance on paying for child care
For employers, we help address your workers’ child care needs…
- Interactive discussions/seminars on child care, balancing work/life, managing stress, etc.
- Access our website with info on child care options, newsletters on parenting, and more
For child care businesses, we deliver expert training, consultation and resources to improve practice and operation…
- Hundreds of high quality workshops at our office, at your business or in the community
- Technical assistance, from answers to your to intensive quality improvement projects
- New on-line training through our national partner, Child Care Aware of America, Inc.
For policy-makers and the public, we provide ideas and research to generate better policies and stronger programs…
- Reports on Westchester child care supply, cost and enrollment
- Information on local, state and federal policies, issues and trends
For investors in great starts for Westchester’s children, we offer a range of ways to get involved…
- Volunteer your expertise with us or a Westchester child care program
- Contribute to our child care scholarship fund or quality improvement projects
- Consider joining our Board
For volunteer opportunities you call us at 761-3456 or visit our website: www.ChildCareWestchester.org
WHY GIVE ?
If the 31,000 plus slots of regulated child care in Westchester suddenly disappeared tomorrow, there’d be repercussions in virtually every industry in our county. The child care system is not only a necessity for today’s working families, it’s the launch pad for tomorrow’s workforce.
Kathy Halas, Executive Director
Message from Mark Rollins & The Rollins Agency
“If you are a nonprofit, you should be aware that Governor Cuomo signed into effect new compensation limits for executives of New York State-funded nonprofit organizations. To find out the details of the two pieces to the legislation and how you might be affected from the business organization to compensation calculations to exceptions, follow me at my blog, www.nonprofitguard.com.”
UJA-Federation of New York’s Westchester Business and Professional Division 2013 Spring Luncheon
Benefiting: UJA-Federation of New York
Join together with professionals in the Westchester business community and learn about the vital work of UJA-Federation.
Honoring: Jason Friedland, President and Owner, Westrock Development, LLC and Mitchell Ostrove, Chairman/CEO, The Ostrove Group Incorporated
Event Chairs: David Everett and Ann K. Silver
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Brae Burn Country Club, Purchase
Ticket Price: $125 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Carol Lehrer at 761-5100, ext. 131 or visit: www.ujafedny.org
Westchester Children’s Museum Annual Benefit
Benefiting: Westchester Children’s Museum
Westchester Children’s Museum will celebrate its “Boardwalk Bound” status at its annual benefit. The event will feature a silent auction, cocktails and dinner, as well an awards presentation.
Honoring: Lynn & Ray Quartararo of Rye
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ritz-Carlton Westchester, White Plains
Ticket Price: $200 per person; sponsorships and journal opportunities available
Contact: Call 421-5050 or visit: www.discoverWCM.org/gala
5K Spring Sprint Walk/Run
Benefiting: St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester
5K Spring Sprint starting and finishing at St. Vincent's Hospital. Proceeds will support the auxiliary of St. Vincent Hopsital’s 2013 funding program for crisis mental health and addiction recovery serving children, adolescents, families and adults. Free t-shirt and gift bag for all race participants.
Time: 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. start time
Location: St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester, Harrison
Ticket Price: $20 per person; sponsorship opportunities available
Contact: Call 925-5401 or email email@example.com
Spring Benefit Gala
Benefiting: Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester & Putnam (VNSWP)
VNSWP welcomes you, your family, friends and business associates to join for a festive spring evening. Join VNSWP for an extraordinary evening of fine food, fellowship and a fabulous silent auction as they celebrate the achievements of VNS Westchester and our honorees. Michael Gargiulo, Anchor, NBC4 NY, will host the event.
Honoring: Distinguished Service Award: William A. Martimucci, MD, Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, The Westchester Medical Group; Medical Director, The Osborn Retirement Community; Community Leadership Award: Michael A. Baker, First Vice-President, UBS Financial Services, Inc. (retired) and Katharine McCloskey Wilson Award: Richard H. McCarthy, VNS Westchester Board Member
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Sunningdale Country Club, Scarsdale
Ticket Price: $250 per person; sponsorships and journal opportunities available
Contact: Joyce Infante at firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-1480 ext. 649
Overcoming The Odds Student Advocacy Dinner
Benefiting: Student Advocacy
Student Advocacy will host its 18th annual OTO Awards Dinner recognizing four students in the community that have overcome the odds to achieve school success and celebrate 30 years of service to families and young people.
Time: 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Location: Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $200 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Martha Jordan at email@example.com or 347-7039, ext 119 or visit: www.studentadvocacy.net
A Great Early Start Can Last Forever
Benefiting: Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
The Child Care Council's 2013 Awards Breakfast is a warm and inspiring celebration of women, men and organizations creating opportunities for children through quality early care and education.
Honoring: 2013 Champions for Children – NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, The Dannon Company, The Editorial Board of the Journal News
2013 Joey Award Honorees - Lauren Angarano of Harrison Children's Center, Sara Frontera of Virginia Marx Children's Center, Ruth Goodman of Mount Kisco Child Care Center, Rachel Miller of Lanza Learning Center, Hope Pierce of Little Explorers Daycare, Frank Williams of White Plains Youth Bureau
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains
Ticket Price: $50 to $80 per person; sponsorships and journal opportunities available
Contact: Lydia Howie at 248-1112 or visit: www.ChildCareWestchester.org
13th Annual ArtsBash
In its landmark gallery space at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, join us for an exciting exhibition, Placemaking: Re-Envisioning White Plains …meet the artists, tour art studios, sample fine wine and taste signature dishes from some of Westchester’s top restaurants.
Event Chairs: John Crabtree, Crabtree's Kittle House and Anthony Goncalves, 42 The Restaurant
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: The Arts Exchange, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
Ticket Price: $75 per person; sponsorships opportunities available
Contact: Call Ann Fabrizio at 428-4220 ext. 326 or visit: www.artsw.org
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis
Benefiting: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America - Westchester Chapter
Help raise funds and awareness throughout the year and come together to celebrate the steps that have been taken towards a cure. Join thousands of walkers and raise some noise!
Time: 3 p.m. registration, 4 p.m. walk begins
Location: FDR Park, Yorktown Heights
Ticket Price: Free; sponsorships available
Contact: Allison Mueller at 812-8988 or visit: www.ccfa.org
The Guidance Center of Westchester Annual Gala
Benefiting: The Guidance Center of Westchester
At The Guidance Center of Westchester, the mission is to improve the well-being of people of all ages through innovative and effective programs that enable everyone to learn, work and thrive.
Honoring: Kelly Fowler Hunter and Anthony Marciano
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle
Ticket Price: $200 per person; sponsorships and journal opportunities available
Contact: 613-0739 or visit: www.TheGuidanceCenter.org
Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
18th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner
Benefiting: The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
Join the Club’s special guests for a fabulous cocktail reception, one-of-a-kind sit down dinner, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and dancing. Elyse Luray serves as Master Auctioneer. The Club’s annual Youth of the Year Award will be a featured presentation. The dinner is open to all by advance registration. The online auction is available at www.biddingforgood.com/boysandgirlsclubnw, May 13th through May 28th, featuring unique experiences, dining, travel and sports tickets.
Honoring: Jim Diamond, CEO, Diamond Properties, LLC and Ashley Diamond, Owner & Co-Founder, Vine&Co. AND John Bueti, Owner, Mount Kisco Wines & Spirits, will receive The John Beach Award
Honorary Chair: Seema Boesky
Event Chairs: Muffin Dowdle, Deirdre Farrell and Renee Jordan Torre
Time: 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Lexus of Mt. Kisco, 275 Kisco Avenue, Mt. Kisco
Ticket Price: $350 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Hospitality Resource Group at 761-7111 or visit: www.bgcnw.com
33rd Annual Westchester Medical Center Gala
Benefiting: Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
Westchester Medical Center's largest fundraising event of the year! An elegant evening of fine dining, dancing and a spectacular auction featuring travel packages, jewelry, sports tickets and more.
Time: 6:30 p.m. cocktails, auction and reception; 7:30 p.m. dinner, program and dancing
Location: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah
Ticket Price: $750 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Development Office at 493-2575 or visit: www.worldclassmedicine.com
Books & Cooks - a Literary Feast
Benefiting: Greenburgh Public Lilbrary Foundation
A Literary Feast, an evening that pairs local chefs and authors in a dinner by-the-bite format showcasing exceptional restaurants and writers while inspiring imaginative literary connections. This fundraiser will also include a literary tour of the Library and an opportunity to meet local authors and purchase their books.
Event Chairs: Stephen Apkon, Founder and Executive Director, Jacob Burns Film Center; Phil McGrath, The Iron Horse Grill; Richard Barber, Gary Mastrangelo, Cory Deitchman, Marilyn Greiner and Ruth Noemi Colon
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Greenburgh Public Library, Greenburgh
Ticket Price: $140 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: M Boutique Group at 266-0624 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Golfing for Kids
Benefiting: Arc of Westchester's Children's School for Early Development
This benefit golf tournament raises funds each year for preschool and early intervention programs serving children with developmental disabilities in Westchester County. The event includes a continental breakfast, a day of golf, silent/live auctions and an awards banquet in the evening.
Honoring: The Majsak Family
Event Chairs: Tony Rizzi and Gene Porcaro
Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Brynwood Golf and Country Club
Ticket Price: $300 per person; sponsorships available
Contact: Fran Higgins at 495-4536 or email@example.com or visit www.westchesterarc.org/events/golfing-kids
4th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser
Benefiting: Westchester Neuroscience Research Foundation
A fun-filled day of golf and activities to raise funds to aid new advanced brain cancer treatment and clinical trials in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. The day includes a golf tournament, putting contest, brunch, cocktail reception and auction. Non-golfers are invited to join the party at the cocktail reception.
Time: 10:30 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. – noon brunch, 12:15 p.m. shotgun start (scramble format)
Location: Leewood Country Club, Eastchester
Ticket Price: $500 per golfer; sponsorships opportunities available
Contact: 948-3008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.westchesterneuroscience.org
Food Bank's 2013 Hunger Heroes Awards Breakfast
Benefiting: Food Bank for Westchester
This annual event honors a Service Provider, a Volunteer, a Donor and a local Corporation who have had major impacts in the fight against hunger. Their combined efforts make it possible for children and families in Westchester County to survive as they move toward self-sufficiency.
Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Location: Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $50 per person; sponsorship opportunities available
Contact: Katy Coppinger at 923-1100 or visit: www.foodbankforwestchester.org
36th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic, Hosted by Eli Manning
Benefiting: Guiding Eyes For The Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs and autism service dogs – enabling freedom for people to achieve life’s goals. The dogs, training and lifetime support are free of charge to blind and visually impaired people and families with children with autism. The
Golf Classic is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser and brings in significant revenue to support its work. The Golf Classic is sold out, but you can show you support by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2013 BMW 128i Coupe or a pair of Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches. Raffle tickets are $100 and are available at guidingeyes.org/raffle. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Or, visit our online auction at Biddingforgood.com/guidingeyes. The auction will be open from May 20 through June 17.
Time: 8 - 9 a.m. breakfast and registration, 9:30 a.m. shotgun start, 4:30 cocktails and silent auction at Mt. Kisco Country Club with dinner to follow
Location: Mt. Kisco Country Club, Mt. Kisco and Fairview Country Club, Greenwich, CT
Contact: Hospitality Resource Group at 761-7111 or visit: www.GuidingEyes.org/Golf