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New York Life Foundation Grants Over $110,000 To Westchester Nonprofit Organizations Dedicated To Nurturing Children

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Eight Westchester County Nonprofits Receive Funding

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 3, 2005 — New York Life Foundation announced grants totaling $111,000 to eight Westchester County nonprofits at a breakfast reception held today at the Westchester campus of New York Life Insurance Company.

"We are proud that we are able to help these outstanding nonprofits in their efforts to provide vitally needed services, resources and programs that will impact hundreds of deserving children in Westchester," said Fred Sievert, president of New York Life Insurance Company at the reception this morning.

"This is just the beginning of our relationship with Westchester–based nonprofits," said Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation. "We are looking forward to expanding our partnerships and helping the county's nonprofit sector nurture the children of Westchester."

The grant recipients are as follows:

  • Abbott House – $15,000 to establish a book club component as part of a mentoring program for 30 boys;
  • Beczak Environment Education Center – $10,000 to fund elementary school field trips to their education center for 20 public schools serving low–income children;
  • Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center – $15,000 to support scholarships that will help at least 20 low–income families access high quality after–school programs;
  • Girl Scouts of Westchester & Putnam – $21,000 to support three outreach girl scouting programs to under–served and at–risk minority girls;
  • Grace Church Community Center – $10,000 to establish a new "After–School Club" providing enrichment activities to homeless and low–income children;
  • The Guidance Center – $10,000 to support program activities for Kids in Kontrol, a youth leadership and community involvement program;
  • Family Services of Westchester – $20,000 over two years for the Junior Youth Council to promote community involvement through service and advocacy; and
  • YMCA of Tarrytown – $60,000 over three years to support scholarships for low–income children at the YMCA's after–school enrichment program.

Later in 2005, the New York Life Foundation will announce a second group of Westchester grants. By year–end, the Foundation expects to award a total of $250,000 to non–profits countywide.

The New York Life Foundation ( is the major vehicle through which New York Life Insurance Company channels contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its Nurturing the Children initiative, the Foundation supports organizations, programs and services that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities. Through Volunteers for LIFE, its national community involvement initiative, New York Life also encourages volunteer participation by its employees, agents and retirees.

At the reception, Frederick Sievert, president, New York Life Insurance Company, awarded the grants to representatives from each nonprofit organization. Pictured back row (from left to right): Gerry Riera, CEO, YMCA of Tarrytown; Tom Sanders, President, Family Services of Westchester; Timothy Tostanoski, President, Abbot House; and Fred Sievert, President, New York Life Insurance Company. Front row (from left to right): Mary Stroock, CEO, Girl Scouts of Westchester and Putnam; Elaine Jeffers, President, Board of Directors, Elizabeth Mascia Child Center; Charlene Paden, President, Board of Directors, Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers; Kathy Hagendorf, President, Board of Directors, the Guidance Center; and Reverend Janet Vincent, Grace Church Community Center.

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