YONKERS, NY (May 2015)—The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its first Cherish the Child Event, “Let’s Do Lunch!” on Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, N.Y. The event raised nearly $30,000 in support of the children who receive services across our Continuum of Care at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, John A. Coleman School and Children’s Rehabilitation Center.
Over 100 guests took part in this lovely afternoon that began with a tour of our Yonkers home, which includes the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and the Yonkers campus of the John A. Coleman School. Attendees had the opportunity to meet the residents of the Pediatric Center and learn why our pediatric long-term care facility is unlike any other. Following this, guests reconvened for a cooking demonstration from renowned chef, restaurateur and friend of the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation, Peter X. Kelly. On the menu was a composed spring salad followed by a dariole of three chocolates, expertly prepared and served by the Xavier’s Restaurant Group. After lunch, Rachel Amar, the mother of Max, a resident of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, was introduced. Max was the first ventilator-dependent child admitted to the Pediatric Center’s Long-Term Ventilator Care Program – the first of its kind in New York State – back in 2006. Amar shared her family’s story about the impact that the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center has had on their lives. After Amar’s moving speech, everyone switched gears as MaryLou Pagano, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, revealed the winners of our raffle and silent auction items.
“‘Let’s Do Lunch!’ was the perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves to people who may not have known about the work that goes on here before today,” said Pagano. “The Foundation and the children entrusted to our care made so many new ‘friends’ this afternoon,” she continued, “and we are absolutely thrilled with the outpouring of support we received surrounding this event.”
“Let’s Do Lunch!” concluded as Pat Tursi, CEO of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, presented the first annual St. Elizabeth Seton Legacy Award to Patrice McDermott, Social Action Club Coordinator, Eileen Davidson, President of The Ursuline School and Carol Killebrew, Principal of The Ursuline School, as well as the students of The Ursuline School’s Social Action Club, in honor of their service and dedication to the children served by the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation’s Continuum of Care.
Casey Friend, a junior at The Ursuline School and one of the presidents of the Social Action Club, spoke after receiving the award. “Seeing the Elizabeth Seton children smile or even just react to us being there makes everything worth our while,” Friend said. “The Social Action Club hopes to keep a very strong relationship with the John A. Coleman School and the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center to help them change the world, one child at a time.”
This event would not have been possible without the support of our generous partners. We’d like to thank our Host Sponsors and event co-chairs: Michele Caiola and Shannon Gallagher; our Platinum Sponsors: Bettina Equities Management, LLC. and the O’Brien Family; our Gold Sponsors: J-K Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., Dennis and Judy Kenny and Arthur J. Semetis, P.C.; and our Silver Sponsors: Cuddy Law Firm, Voya, the Verni Family, the Delfino Family and Riverdale Family Practice.