Pelham Civic Association announces expanded programs and events for 2021

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Civics selling raffles outside of DeCicco & Sons.

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Pelham Civic Association.

(February 13, 2021- Pelham) The Pelham Civic Association, founded in 1939, is one of New York State’s most active charitable, volunteer organizations. Its mission is to assist the Students/Youth, the Elderly, the Financially Needy, and the Mentally & Physically Challenged; to promote civic-minded involvement by the Association’s members; encourage community spirit and pride; and offer service, advice and support for a variety of community programs and other charitable causes. If you’re looking to give back to your community and to those who need it most, please consider the Pelham Civic Association. To find out more, simply visit pelhamcivics.org or contact Membership Chair John Boyce at johnboyce@pelhamcivics.org.  As it enters its 82nd year, it proudly enhances its outreach to the community with these programs, projects and events:

Good Neighbor Program Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, dinners are delivered to many families as well as holiday presents to more than 150 Pelham children. Throughout the entire year, we quietly provide advice, support, and economic assistance to individuals and families with economic hardship.

Chair: Dr. Stanley Trocchia 914-907-7818;  Stanley.trochhia@gmail.com or goodneighbors@pelhamcivics.org

Help a Child, Change a Life Program Winner of the prestigious Thomas B. Fenlon Award, this visionary initiative assists Pelham’s four elementary schools, Middle School and High School students from financially struggling families by providing them with access to learning tools, skill enrichment and social support programs throughout the year.

Chair: Rich Davidian914-552-0827; richard.davidian1@gmail.com

Supporting the Mentally & Physically Challenged Special Needs In addition to assisting in the creation & support of The Danny Fund for children of catastrophic illnesses, we assist USA Hockey’s New York Raptors- a program for kids and adults with disabilities; and Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.

Pelham Civic President Michael Ming 914-714-0254; president@pelhamcivics.org

Programs for the Elderly  We provide continued support for the senior citizens in our community throughout the year, with fun events and luncheons at the Daronco Town House.

Chair: Tim Case 914-522-2052; tcase13@gmail.com

Career Workshops   In a joint venture with the Pelham Memorial High School Counseling Department, we provide students with presentations from working professionals from the community. February 10 Politics & Public Service; Mar 3 Education; Apr Rehabilitation Therapy; May Digital Communications.

Chair: Sanjay Naik; naiks01@gmail.com

Community Awards Each school year, six Pelham Civic Association awards – value of $25,000 – go to students from Pelham who demonstrate civic leadership, volunteerism and charitable support.

Co-Chairs: Darrell Walsh 914-522-4710; communityawards@pelhamcivics.org 

Chris Constant 866-876-8464; cjconstant21@gmail.com

Summer Olympics  Every June is our popular outdoor “Sports Day” for Pelham children, grades K through 5 at Glover Field. It’s a day of fun events, free T-shirts, medals, photos, food and refreshments.

Chair: Carl Pannuti 347-386-5926; cjpannuti@aol.com

Benefit Golf Outing  Our Annual Good Neighbor Benefit Golf Outing fuels our Good Neighbor Program. It is a full day of golf, fun, food and beverages — concluding with cocktails, dinner and an exciting awards ceremony. Tue. June 21, Pelham Country Club

Chair: Tim Case 914-522-2052; tcase13@gmail.com

Dinner-Dance Gala  Pelham’s “social highlight of the year,’’ our annual Fall Gala raises funds for our programs,and honors exemplary community volunteers as Persons of the Year. 2021 Date TBD

Chair: Michael Recca 914-403-6522; michaelrecca@gmail.com

Half Marathon & 10K Fund Runs  These annual races – traditionally run on Thanksgiving Saturday throughout the two villages of Pelham – provide families, enthusiasts and competitive runners from the NYC Metro Area, U.S. and overseas with highly organized racing formats. 100% of the net revenues support our core programs, with robust volunteer help throughout the two races.

Chair: Todd Cross  917-734-3652; toddcross@pelhamcivics.org

Christmas Gift Wrapping  Each year, members and their families gather at The Daronco Town House to wrap hundreds of Christmas gifts to be delivered to children and families in need.

Chair: Nick Senerchia 914-447-5752; homeownerselectric67@gmail.com

Memorial Day Parade  In addition to marching, we fund and help arrange for U.S. Servicemen and Women to participate in the parade, providing them with transportation, breakfast and lunch. Parade Start- Breakfast at Manor Club; Post Parade Lunch at Town House

Chair: Joe Hall 914-738-5578; jthallpiolt@optonline.net

Support of Community Programs We actively support and co-sponsor many other organizations’ worthwhile community programs such as The Rotary Club of the Pelhams, Calvary Hospital, Pelham Together, Project Community, Pelham Booster Club, Pelham Little League… and others.

Pelham Civic President Michael Ming at 914-714-0254; president@pelhamcivics.org

Membership Committee  Throughout the year, the Membership Committee organizes informal gatherings for potential members to attend, providing opportunities to learn first-hand from Pelham Civic members the purpose, objectives, and programs and activities of the Pelham Civics.

Chair: John Boyce 917-697-1681; johnboyce@pelhamcivics.org

Pelham Civic Zoom Membership Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. For all other inquiries, please visit pelhamcivics.org or contact President Michael Ming at 914-714-0254, president@pelhamcivics.org.