2022 Fall Harvest Celebration

Thursday, November 10th, 2022 at 6pm

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530


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Please join us as we celebrate and honor the following individuals’ astounding work and dedication to provide a better life for our children and communities:


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FCA is thrilled to host Linda Beigel Schulman as this year’s Fall Harvest honoree. Schulman is the mother of hero teacher and coach, Scott J. Beigel, who sacrificed his life to save 31 of his students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida. A Long Island resident, Schulman is a leader in the fight against the gun violence epidemic in our country and advocates tirelessly for change through education and legislation. Linda founded the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund, which has awarded over $280,000 in grants and sent 212 underserved at-risk children affected by gun violence to summer sleep-away camp. Additionally, Schulman is credited with the passage of the Red Flag Law (2019) and most recently the 'Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act' (2021). Thank you for being a partner in the advocacy for gun safety legislation, Linda!


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Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder of the Nassau County Police Department is this year’s James J. Harnett award recipient. Named Commissioner in 2018, Commissioner Ryder has spearheaded multiple life- saving programs that include, but are not limited to NCPD’s Real-Time Intelligence system, the R.E.A.C.H program, and the Civilian Intelligence Analyst Program. Together, these programs and systems have brought crime in Nassau County to historic lows. In 2022, Nassau County was named the 'safest community in America’ by U.S News and World Report for the third year in a row. We are grateful for Commissioner Ryder’s proactive initiative to ensure officer and public safety and his dedication to a stronger Nassau County.  


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A dedicated changemaker to education, empowerment, and health promotion of underserved individuals, Dr. Donna T Bacon is this year’s Carol Wessel Humanitarian award recipient. As the former Chairperson of the Health Studies department at Nassau Community College, and a tenured professor, Donna was the first female, only African American, and the youngest person to ever hold this position. She leads in a variety of roles, including Chief Investigative Officer at NCC, Executive Director of Mid-Nassau Lend a Helping Hand, and Secretary of FCA's Board of Trustees. Donna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Therapist, and Certified Thanatologist, with a Doctoral degree in Human Behavior Studies, as well as Master of Science and Master of Social Work degrees. Donna has dedicated her life to bettering Long Island's communities from the inside out. We are proud to honor Donna's commitment of more than 25 years with the Carol Wessel Humanitarian Award. 



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