Honors awarded to New Rochelle community leaders

June 13, 2012 by  

The New Rochelle Council of Community Services honored leaders of the local community at its 2012 luncheon on Thursday, June 7. The event was made available to the public and is likely to have attracted a range of business professionals and entrepreneurs who will have been seeking print services such as business card printing and stationery printing.

Four outstanding individuals were honored this year, all of whom have given back to the community in extraordinary ways.

Deborah Blatt is the founder of the Sharing Shelf, an organization which gives clothing to children in need. Blatt started the program because she wanted to make sure that her own clothing donations found a good home.

Sylvia Samilton-Baker is the director of Providence House, a network of support for homeless and abused women and children. It operates group residences in Queens, Brooklyn, and Westchester.

Mary Jane Reddington serves on the New Rochelle school board and the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation. For the past 25 years, she held the position of president of the recently disbanded Woman’s Club of New Rochelle, which raised two million dollars for the needy during its century of existence.

Alan J. Cohen, owner of AJ’s Burgers, donates food to local organizations and has volunteered to cook for deserving groups ranging from the City Council to HOPE Community Services.

The council were also keen to focus on young people and students during the annual luncheon, and scholarships were granted to Carmen Rojas-Rivas and Cassie White as recognition of their dedication to helping others.