5 BRONX WEEKLY July 21, 2019 www.BXTimes.com Giving is actually getting
Since our media company
began honoring the devoted
men and women who
benefi t the community at our
outstanding events, the Power
Women, Kings of... and Impact
Awards, we have raised thousands
of dollars for non profit
organizations in those communities.
Last week, I had the pleasure of
presenting a donation of $1,600
to the YMCA of the Bronx and
visited their impressive site and
saw their services. I also fell in
love with the four-year-old children
who greeted me with drawings
in thank you notes.
The money was donated
from our Power Women of the
Bronx event a few weeks earlier.
Publisher Laura Guerriero, who
leads our Bronx team, had created
the impressive event honoring
women who make a diff erence
everyday with their work in
business and community organizations.
For many years, Laura has
been serving on the Bronx Y
board and thought they were a
perfect group to use the money
— and was she right!
When I drove up to the new
building, perched on the beautiful
the Whitestone Bridge, I fell
But when I met the gathering
of four-year-old campers,
they stole my heart! Many of the
tiny campers had created colorful
drawings in their notes, and I
was enthralled with their enthusiasm.
Sharlene Brown holds our donation check surrounded by the smiling day campers.
The executive director,
Sharlene Brown, board chairperson
Geri Sciortino, owner
of Bronx Design Group, and
Judge Fiordaliza Rodriguez
joined Laura and I in the classroom.
Th e Y campus includes big
and little pools for members and
campers, and an indoor pool
where I saw the youngest campers
learning how to swim. How
clever that they wore swim caps
to match their swim level, but
the one thing that impressed me
most was a sparkling ear-to-ear
smile on every child’s face.
What joy I felt knowing that
our donation will pay for a
child whose family can’t aff ord
the camp fee and will receive a
If you want to have your heart
warmed, your donation of $200
will enable an inner city child to
have the endless smiles I saw on
the faces of the children I visited.
Any donation will help, and
you can send it to the Bronx
YMCA, c/o Sharlene Brown,
Executive Director, 2 Castle Hill
Ave., Bronx, NY 10473, or call
Giving is the warmest, heartfelt
experience. You will feel the
joy that I felt. Be generous!
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Seth and Tracey
Kupferberg celebrated the
marriage of their son Alex
to Lindsay in Palm Beach,
Florida on May 11 at the
Brazilian Court Hotel.
Th ey reside in Manhattan
and enjoyed a long honeymoon
in Spain, Mayorca
At the Bronx YMCA with Geri Sciortino, owner of Bronx Design Group and Chairperson of the Bronx
YMCA Board of Managers; Laura Guerriero, publisher of the Bronx Times Reporter, Bronx YMCA
Director Sharlene Brown and board member Judge Fiordaliza Rodriguez at their campus overlooking
the Whitestone Bridge
Beginners a swimming
lesson at the
Bronx Y indoor pool