MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – More than 400 members of the community, staff and board members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) celebrated 76 years of giving youth great futures at the club’s 21st annual Humanitarian Award Dinner Saturday, June 6 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook.
The gala honored former longtime BGCNW executive director Brian Skanes as Humanitarian of the Year, and recognized TD Bank as the John Beach Award recipient for its longstanding commitment to community service.
“After attending a Boys & Girls Club conference 21 years ago, where I learned what a significant impact the organization was having on the lives of kids on a national level, I recruited Brian to share my vision of creating a local club to serve kids in the community,” said BGCNW board member Bonnie Trotta, who presented Skanes with his award.
Skanes, who served as the club’s leader for 21 years, left the organization this spring to continue his good work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America as director of Major Metro Services. Under Skanes’ direction, the BGCNW was established as one of the most respected youth service organizations in Westchester County, enriching thousands of children’s lives over the course of his two-decade long tenure.
Nearly 30 club members attended the event and danced alongside guests to the Jay Price band. In a lighthearted twist, club members introduced each presenter, including BGCNW Board President R. Todd Rockefeller, CEO Alyzza Ozer and President Emeritus Bonnie Trotta.
Nethmi DeSilva, the Fox Lane High School sophomore who received BGCNW’s 2015 Youth of the Year award, was also given special recognition at the annual gala.
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is located at 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco.