Planning Ahead - View Current Events

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.

Spotlight Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon

Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon has been serving youth for 105 years. In its long and distinguished history the Club has helped produce leaders in business, sports, and entertainment. The Club is committed to continuing its tradition of "GREAT FUTURES START HERE"

The Mission of Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon is:
To enable all young people especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive caring, responsible citizens.
The Club was originally a recreational out let for boys, but as the needs of our community increased the Club began to serve girls, in 1991 the Boys Club officially became the Boys & Girls Club.

Today the Club focuses on three areas for all its members.

1. Academic Success-We want all our members to be on track to graduate from high school with a plan for their future. Over the past three years 100% of Club high school seniors and attended more than 52 times during the year graduated from high school.

2. Community Service-We believe that if you engage young people in community service at a young age they will become lifelong service providers. They will become part of the solution as opposed to contributing to the problems. Over the past three years Club Members have logged over 5000 hours of community service.

3. Healthy Lifestyles-The Club promotes healthy lifestyles through a variety of programs. Healthy cooking demonstrations, a healthy snack program that provides a daily piece of fruit. The Club has also installed healthy vending machines. The healthy lifestyle initiative aims to reduce disease and unhealthy behaviors.

The Club has a budget of $800K and depends on three major fundraisers to provide the funding necessary to continue to offer life altering programs. The Club serves over 1400 youth annually and averages 110 youth daily.

Our annual GALA, our largest fundraiser, will be held on Wednesday March 29th at the beautiful Surf Club in New Rochelle. This year's honorees include: Westchester District Attorney Tony Scarpino, New York Knicks President Phil Jackson, and The Greater Hudson Valley Links.

The Club has an active and engaged Board of Directors led by retired Mobil Executive Jeanette Jones.

For more information about Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, visit the website or contact Chief Professional Officer Mel Campos at 914 668-9580 or

Why Give?

"I serve on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club because I am passionate about the mission of the Club which is: to help enable young people especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We have a positive impact on so many children in the Mount Vernon community every single day."

- Fred Schwam
Vice President of Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors


Photo Gallery: Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon

  1. 140 Golf Outing Honorees Tony Fiorentino & Dr Stephen Nicholas with BGC CPO Mel Campos & EDD Lowes Moore.
  2. Marsha 2016 GALA Honoree Marsha Gordon with BGCMV 2014 Youth of the Year Alyssa Diggs
  3. Healthy Cooking Dr. Bob Delamore providing a healthy meal for Club Members
  4. Hutchinson River Club Members and Teen Coordinator Halima Penny providing community service by assisting with the annual Hutchinson River Clean UP.
  5. Summer Staff BGCMV staff for 2016 Summer Program.
  6. Little Dancers The Revelators performing at BGCMV 2016 Annual GALA.

Nonprofit Westchester:
Overhead Isn't a Four Letter Word

As the year drew to a close, many people generously contributed to causes that were important to them.

Actually, let me correct that: People SAID they donated to a cause, but really they donated to a nonprofit. Nonprofit organizations work to cure disease, provide quality child care, maintain green spaces, share vibrant cultural experiences, and ensure that people have a decent place to call home. Every single resident of our county benefits from the network of services provided by nonprofits.

These programs and services are carefully crafted and implemented by skilled professionals and they cost money to run. Offices must be rented, equipment purchased and technology upgraded for efficiency. These are all things that everyone agrees that a business needs to operate. But all too often, nonprofits are held to a different standard.

The problem is donors want to see their money go directly to help people, and not to overhead. Even nonprofits are guilty of falling into this trap. I cringed when I recently heard a radio ad campaign touting an organization's low overhead rate.

But it isn't about overhead. In many cases, nonprofits are running a very important race with one hand tied behind their back. If donors demand low overhead, they skimp on important investments and capacity building efforts such as training, planning, evaluation and internal systems. These are the things that help nonprofits do their best work.

So next time you consider making a donation, look for results instead of the overhead rate. Ask these questions: Are they setting and achieving important goals? Are they making progress? Just as is the case with for-profit organizations, it might take years of development before they succeed.

So instead of worrying about overhead, invest in organizations because they get results - something they can't do if they don't invest in organization building.

Learn more about Nonprofit Westchester and be sure to follow us on and Twitter @NPWestchester.

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National Wear Red Day
Benefiting: The American Heart Association
It's time to shout louder, stand stronger and Go Red For Women. One day a year, what you wear is a matter of life and death! Whether it's your home, your local landmark or with your coworkers or book club, show your support for women fighting heart disease by painting your town red. It's a simple, powerful way to raise awareness and help the American Heart Association support ongoing research and education about women and heart disease.
Contact: Call 640-3262 or visit:


"Girls' Night Out"
Benefiting: Westchester Heart & Vascular at Westchester Medical Center
Start your evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you shop at our specialty boutiques, raffles, and silent auction. Then join for a seated dinner alongside the runway to enjoy a program that will warm your heart. Combine that with healthy lifestyle tips and you have...Girls' Night Out, an evening dedicated to raising awareness for women's heart health and to raise funds for WMCHealth's Heart and Vascular Institute, a Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.
Time: 6:00 to 10 p.m.
Location: Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $125 per person, sponsorship opportunities available
Contact: Taylor Armstrong at or call 493-5368 or visit


2017 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast
Benefiting: GiGi's Playhouse Inc. Westchester LLC
Join ADO at this wonderful event supporting the great work of the Association of Development Officers (ADO). This organization plays a vital role in the community, supporting and educating the nonprofit professionals who provide so many essential services.
Honoring: Betsy Steward, Westchester Children's Association; Peter Samaha, McDonald's Corporation; Jill Singer, Jill Singer Graphics; Pro Bono Partnership Board of Directors; and David Singer, Robison Energy
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $100 per person, $75 per Non-Profit Staff Member, $50 per ADO member; sponsorship and journal opportunities
Contact: Michael Lattari at 914-761-7111 or


'I have a Voice' Gala
Benefiting: GiGi's Playhouse Inc. Westchester LLC
GiGi's Playhouse Westchester's 3rd annual Gala will feature keynote speaker Paul Daugherty, a sit-down dinner, entertainment, and silent auction, but most importantly, is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and continue to change the way people view Down syndrome.
Honoring: Dr. Ruth Dieleman-Levine; Dr. Elizabeth Ommen; Tracy Smith
Event Chairs: Jennifer Cook & Irene Tsetsekos
Time: 6 to 11 p.m.
Location: Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $200 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities
Contact: Irene Tsetsekos at 845-588-5108 or visit


Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Annual Dinner
Benefiting: Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Annual Dinner
The Club's largest fundraiser of the year, the dinner benefits the necessary funding to offer life-atering programs and continue its tradition of GREAT FUTURES START HERE.
Honoring: Hon. Anthony Scarpino, Philip Jackson, The Greater Hudson Valley Links
Time: 6 to 10 p.m.
Location: The Surf Club, New Rochelle
Ticket Price: $400 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities
Contact: Hospitality Resource Group at 761-7111


22nd Annual FECA Spring Reception
Benefiting: Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism (FECA)
Dinner by the bite, open bar and silent auction with all proceeds to benefit citizens with autism. The Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism, FECA enriches the lives of those with autism, helping them achieve their greatest potential.
Event Chairs: Elise & Phil Orlando and Melanie & Drew Schaffran
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Yale Club of New York City, New York
Ticket Price: $325 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Hospitality Resource Group at 761-7111 or or visit


2017 Equal Access to Justice Dinner
Benefiting: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
This event is a unique opportunity for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to further fund our efforts to save children from neglect; protect women from domestic violence; defend seniors against abuse; serve veterans on the home front and keep families in their homes. It also focuses our attention on the essential need for equal access to justice in our community and our society. Since 1967, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has advanced the cause of equal access to justice in our region.
Honoring: Philip M. Halpern, Collier Halpern Newberg & Noletti; Morrison Foerster; Lucille Oppenheim
Event Chairs: David Boies, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP and Alfred E. Donnellan, DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise & Wiederkehr LLP
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, White Plains
Ticket Price: $325 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Avery Zuvic at or call 949-1305


An Evening in Good Company
Benefiting: The Food Bank for Westchester
A night of delicious cocktails, an elegant dinner and exceptional live auction items. Enjoy an exquisite evening in support of the Food Bank's work feeding the 200,000 hungry residents of Westchester County.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $350 per person; journal and sponsorship opportunities available
Contact: Tamar Jacobson at 909-9612 or


Star Gala
Benefiting: Family Services of Westchester
This event is an important opportunity for Family Services of Westchester to raise funds for their mission, to strengthen and support families, children and individuals at all stages of the life cycle. Featuring cocktails, live and silent auction, and dinner reception.
Honoring: William M. Mooney Jr. and Helen Williams
Event Chairs: Markham and Jody Rollins, William M. Mooney III and Thomas Mooney
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle
Ticket Price: $350 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Hospitality Resource Group at 761-7111 or

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