Spring Fundraiser Is ‘Banking On’ You!

In support of children and families with special needs, the SIMHS Women‘s Guild will hold its 45th annual Spring Luncheon Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 9 at the Staaten. Doors open at 11:30 am.

Those who want to join this effort to assist the Island’s most vulnerable residents can purchase tickets for $50 per person or make reservations by contacting Maryann Striffolino, SIMHS Director of Volunteers, at (718) 442-2225, Ext 304; e-mail mstriffolino@simhs.org;
or visit www.simhs.org.

At the luncheon, the Guild will present its 2017 Dorothy M. Kammer Service Award to Richmond County Savings Bank (RCSB), a division of New York Community Bank. “The award recognizes an individual or organization that has acted unselfishly and above the call of duty to serve the Staten Island community and its most vulnerable citizens,” according to Society President/CEO Fern A. Zagor.

Last September, RCSB presented the Women’s Guild with a generous grant to purchase new backpacks for the 120 students who attend PS/IS 25, our Day Treatment Center. The school serves children in first through intermediate grades who have emotional/behavioral health challenges, most of whom are economically limited. The backpacks were distributed during the first week of school, each filled with school supplies donated by Guild members.  The bank also donated a grant to support this Spring Luncheon fundraiser.

During the luncheon, guests will be able to “bid” on an array of valuable sweepstakes prizes, ranging from theme baskets, to designer duds, to artwork. Raffle tickets will also be available: First prize, an LG 55” Smart HDTV; second prize, $200 gift card for a Broadway show and $75 gift card for Carmine’s NYC; third prize, $200 MasterCard gift card.

The luncheon is co-chaired by Women’s Guild President Linda Miraglia and Vice President June Dellavalle.

Richmond County Savings Bank was founded on October 30, 1886, to serve persons who lived and/or worked on Staten Island, and has been a division of New York Community Bank since 2001.

The bank’s first home mortgage loan was granted in 1887; today, nearly every street on the Island has at least one home that it financed. The bank now has 20 locations in the borough, and more than 20, 24-hour ATM locations.

“Serving the community has always been in the forefront of the bank’s strategy,” explains Regional Executive Gail Castellano. “Being a local community bank means being a good neighbor and giving back in support of those who provide vital services for the community. We encourage our employees to get involved with local civic, social and non-profits and support their efforts with donations of goods, services and dollars.”

The Dorothy M. Kammer Award is named for one of the founding members of the Women’s Guild in 1959. Ms. Kammer also served as the Society’s Director of Community Relations. “Dorothy gave thousands of hours of her personal time as a volunteer, especially in the service of children with special needs,” Ms. Zagor notes.