VNS Westchester's Spring Gala Attracts Large Crowd

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Anne Sweazey, Executive Director, Arc of Westchester Foundation and past VNS Westchester Board Member, receives the Katharine McCloskey Wilson Award from VNS Westchester board member Katharine W. Conroy.
Anne Sweazey, Executive Director, Arc of Westchester Foundation and past VNS Westchester Board Member, receives the Katharine McCloskey Wilson Award from VNS Westchester board member Katharine W. Conroy. Photo Credit: Contributed
Anne Sweazey makes acceptance remarks from the podium.
Anne Sweazey makes acceptance remarks from the podium. Photo Credit: Contributed
Bill Harrington makes acceptance remarks from the podium.
Bill Harrington makes acceptance remarks from the podium. Photo Credit: Contributed
Kevin Plunkett, William Mooney, Joan Moone Mary Gadomski and Lou Nemnon attended the gala.
Kevin Plunkett, William Mooney, Joan Moone Mary Gadomski and Lou Nemnon attended the gala. Photo Credit: Contributed
Jeffrey Menkes, Michael Gargiulo, Lou Nemnom, Jon B. Schandler and  John F. Gleason celebrate at the gala.
Jeffrey Menkes, Michael Gargiulo, Lou Nemnom, Jon B. Schandler and John F. Gleason celebrate at the gala. Photo Credit: Contributed
William P. Harrington, chairman, Westchester County Association, accepts the Community Leadership Award from Lou Nemnon.
William P. Harrington, chairman, Westchester County Association, accepts the Community Leadership Award from Lou Nemnon. Photo Credit: Contributed
VNS Westchester Board Chair, Kyle O’Loughlin-Cahill and United Hebrew Vice President of Development and Marketing (accepting Distinguished Leadership Award on behalf of Rita C. Mabli).
VNS Westchester Board Chair, Kyle O’Loughlin-Cahill and United Hebrew Vice President of Development and Marketing (accepting Distinguished Leadership Award on behalf of Rita C. Mabli). Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- More than 250 guests attended Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester’s spring benefit gala at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale.

The gala was the highest attended in the organization’s history and generated a record-breaking number of donations. Inspired by the generous spirit of the gala’s honorees and the not-for-profit agency’s high-quality home health and community health care services, friends and donors contributed $127,000 to Visiting Nurse Service Westchester.

The gala featured an awards ceremony that honored three of VNSW’s health care partners. William P. Harrington, chairman of the Westchester County Association, who received VNSW’s Community Leadership Award, which he accepted on behalf of WCA’s Healthcare Consortium; Anne Sweazey, executive director of the Arc of Westchester Foundation and past VNSW board member, who was presented with the Katharine McCloskey Wilson Award; and honoree Rita C. Mabli, president and chief executive officer of United Hebrew, who received the Distinguished Service Award. Grace Ferri, United Hebrew’s vice president of development and marketing, accepted the award on behalf of Mabli, who was unable to attend.

The awards were presented by Lou Nemnom, VNSW president and chief executive officer; VNSW board member Katharine W. Conroy; and VNSW board chair, Kyle O’Loughlin-Cahill.

Proceeds from the spring benefit gala directly support VNS Westchester’s efforts to provide expanded programs, complementary care services, and charitable care for its home healthcare patients in Westchester, the Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties.

Funds also support the wide range of free community health education programs and services that the agency provides to seniors and other populations in the five-county region it serves.

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