Women’s Guild Luncheon Spun A Carousel of Delights

RCSB exec Diana Zapata (r.) accepts Dorothy M. Kammer Award from SIMHS President Fern Zagor.

In support of children and families with special needs, our Women‘s Guild 45th annual Spring Luncheon spun out a “carousel” of delights for more than 100 guests at the Staaten.

During the May 9th fundraiser, the Guild presented 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 SIMHS 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.

A highlight of the afternoon was “bidding” for an array of valuable sweepstakes prizes, ranging from theme baskets, to designer duds, to artwork. Also, three raffle winners received an LG 55” Smart HDTV; gift cards for a Broadway show and Carmine’s NYC; and a MasterCard gift card. The luncheon was co-chaired by Women’s Guild President Linda Miraglia and Vice President June Dellavalle.

Accepting the Kammer Award from Ms. Miraglia was Diana Zapata, RCSB assistant vice president/branch manager, and one of the Guild’s newest members, who noted, “Since the bank was founded in 1886, it has always served the community. This means being a good neighbor and giving support to those who provide vital services for the community. We also 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 noted.