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: GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester

Based in Ardsley, NY, GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. Our commitment is to offer support from diagnosis to adulthood, build confidence, and to send a global message of acceptance for all. GiGi’s Playhouse strives to change the way the world sees Down syndrome. Since opening our doors on August 1, 2015, we have served more than 100 families and continue to grow every day.

GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. Programs are created by professional therapists and teachers who generously donate their time and expertise. All programs are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success. Whether it’s physical and occupational therapy through play at “Leaps and Bounds” with ages 3-6 or movie night with our “Fantastic Friends” adult group, participants gain skills and self-confidence. Our programs allow us to build our community and give individuals with Down syndrome power to be personal advocates. To continue changing outdated perceptions and enrich the quality of many more lives, we hold a variety of fundraisers throughout the year. The proceeds from these events, such as our “i have a Voice” gala, Dance-a-Thon and bi-monthly dine-outs, go to funding all of these programs and ensure that our doors remain open.

Our unique points of difference empower individuals and their parents to achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence, and joy. We have a place: we will never let location be a barrier to success. We have programs: we will never let curriculum be a boundary to achievement. Most importantly, programs are free. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults. Every day, GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester ‘educates, inspires, believes and achieves.’

Why Give?

“GiGi’s Playhouse has created a community for my family and my son. It has allowed us to connect with other families, attend programs and share our experiences. GiGi’s Playhouse plays an important role in advocacy for people with Down syndrome by proving to the world that we are ‘more alike than different’.”

- Catherine Graybosch, Board President


Photo Gallery: GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester

  1. This an image of our location in Ardsley, NY.
  2. Celebrating our first birthday!
  3. Playing with the parachute at “Leaps and Bounds,” a program for kids ages 3-6yrs old.
  4. A group shot of a “Fantastic Friends” group that gets together one Friday a month. (age ranges from 18-50yrs)

Nonprofit Westchester:
Your Employees Need a Place to Live

Westchester County is known for its proximity to New York City, stellar schools, and overall quality of life. But can the employees, whom your business depends on, afford to live here? Or do they have a lengthy commute that leaves them worn down and less productive?

We all know Westchester is expensive. To cover the basics (food, child care, health care & housing) requires an annual income of at least $78,720, according to a recent report released by United Way. The report identifies 244,000 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) employees who are working in the Westchester/Putnam/Rockland region, but can’t afford to live here.

Westchester Smart: Ideas and Initiatives for a Stronger Economy, a report which emerged from community and business leaders participating in a series of roundtables hosted by the County Executive in 2014, placed affordability as one of the top three challenges.

We have a long way to go; studies have shown Westchester needs 10,000 more moderately priced places for our workforce to live. While government and for-profit business have an important part to play, nonprofits like Housing Action Council, Westhab and Community Housing Innovations play a unique role in developing and maintaining new housing to meet the needs of these hard working individuals.

Affordable housing. Workforce housing. Whatever you call it, it’s just another way nonprofits help keep Westchester thriving.

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, visit and follow us on and Twitter @NPWestchester.

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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


Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon
Benefiting: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
The Annual Leadership Luncheon is the primary fundraising event for Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson (GSHH). The luncheon is an opportunity to honor individuals, companies or organizations who help move the mission of the Girl Scouts forward.
Honoring: Key Bank, BASF Corp., Diane and Steve Anderson
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Brae Burn Country Club, Purchase
Ticket Price: $150 per person; sponsorship opportunities available
Contact: Visit


Westchester Centennial Celebration
Benefiting: UJA-Federation of New York
Celebrate UJA’s 100 years of achievement with Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Artist Harry Connick Jr. at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
Honoring: Cindy and Ben Golub and Lois Kohn-Claar and Gary Claar
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester
Ticket Price: $250 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Deborah Lane at or visit


"Aging - A Bad Rap" Benefit Performance
Benefiting: Hope's Door
One-Man Show Written and Performed by Robert Bonvento. The performance is made possible by sponsorships from Regeneron, National Resources (Hudson Harbor), Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, Sunnyside Federal Bank and Hudson PR.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $25 adults, $15, seniors and students
Contact: Visit or call 877-840-0457


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


Raise a Glass for Kids
Benefiting: Child Care Council of Westchester
The Child Care Council of Westchester cordially invites you to a fun night of wine, food, and friends. Funds in part will support the Council's child care scholarship program.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Vino 100, White Plains
Ticket Price: $25 per person
Contact: Dana Lawless at 761-3456 or or visit


2017 Volunteer Spirit Awards
Benefiting: Volunteer New York!
Please join us for our 37th Annual Breakfast and Volunteer Spirit Awards presentations to the extraordinary volunteers and community changemakers who inspire us. As well as to honor this year's Volunteer New York! Legacy Award winner, George Troyano, President and Publisher of lohud and The Journal News.
Honoring: George Troyano, Tracy McVey, Destination: College; Henry King, Rye Nature Center; Sharon Douglas, Impact100 Westchester; Larry Krantz, American Red Cross; Timothy Clark, Isaiah’s Room; Fred’s Pantry Teen Volunteers, CHOP, Inc.; Devin Juros, Pleasantville Community Garden
Event Chairs: Joanne Kirkpatrick, Chair; Olivia Ecker, Ally Gallin, Jean Glassman, Abbe P. Stein, Esq.
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.
Location: Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $100 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Allison Chader at 227-9307 or visit


The Friends Of Crawford Park Present Music At The Mansion: An Afternoon Of Opera And American Classics
Benefiting: Crawford Park and Mansion
The mission of Music at the Mansion is to raise money for the park through a series of musical events that feature a combination of nationally-renowned and exceptional local talent.
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Crawford Mansion, Rye Brook
Ticket Price: Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. At the door, tickets are $20 for adults $15 for students and seniors.
Contact: Visit


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.
Honoring: Strategas
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


St. Christopher's Got Talent
Benefiting: St. Christopher's, Inc.
Invest in the future of our children and support St. Christopher's Got Talent! Join us for an evening of entertainment as the best in theater, magic, and music take the stage for a good cause!
Honoring: Pat Quinn, Co-Founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase
Ticket Price: $300 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Eric Lebenson at 693-3030 or visit


Strong, Smart & Bold Gala
Benefiting: Girls Incorporated of Westchester County
The Gala honors notable women in business, philanthropy, entertainment, science, politics, and the arts. Honorees exemplify our mission by being strong, smart and bold. Cocktails, Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions.
Honoring: Andrea Gilman (MasterCard Worldwide), Erica Hill (CNN and HSN); Sandra L. Richards, (Morgan Stanley Wealth Management)
Event Chairs: Jennifer Altman
Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown
Ticket Price: $250 per person; sponsorship and journal opportunities available
Contact: Heather Apollonio at 419-0764 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


2017 Kathryn W. Davis Child Advocacy Lecture & Breakfast
Benefiting: Westchester Children's Association
How Does Implicit Bias Affect Our Children? Keynote address by Dr. Walter Gilliam, author of 2016 research study Implicit Bias in Preschool.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Doral Arrowwood, Rye Brook
Ticket Price: Adults $45 per person; Students $25 per students
Contact: Call 946-7676 or visit

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