MINEOLA, NEW YORK, December 3, 2018 – An unexpected snowstorm could not prevent the avalanche of support of friends and donors at FCA’s 2018 Fall Harvest Celebration at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor on November 15th. More than $500,000 was raised, exceeding last year’s total by $232,900.
During the event, emceed by Morey Creative Studios President Jed Morey, FCA unveiled its new brand and logo and presented a moving video highlighting the agency’s life-changing services.
The event included client speaker, Vanessa, a former resident of FCA’s transitional and independent living program (Walkabout), who shared the struggles she faced early in life and how FCA guided her to independent living, pursuing her career in the culinary arts.
Joshua Lafazan, Nassau County Legislator, District 18, recognized FCA’s impact on Long Island by presenting FCA with a citation from the Nassau County Legislature. Joshua Lafazan serves on FCA’s Board of Trustees.
FCA also honored Scott and Debby Rechler for their extraordinary philanthropy. While the Rechlers were unable to attend because of challenging weather conditions, FCA recognized their continued support of the agency’s vital programs and services and their philanthropic work on Long Island.
Mr. Rechler is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR Realty LLC, and has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and as Chairman of the Port Authority’s Capital Planning Committee.
Through her work with The Rift Valley Children's Village, Mrs. Rechler has traveled to Tanzania to ensure warm, loving homes for approximately 100 orphaned children. She has been recognized by ACDS, the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the National Eating Disorders Association. In July 2017, Mrs. Rechler was named FCA’s Hero of the Month for her support of the agency’s Safe & Warm Quilt Initiative, including sponsoring the creation of 300 squares by Long Island children and their families. She also collaborated on a project to enable FCA youth to grow their own vegetables and build a sustainable garden at Nassau Haven, FCA’s emergency runaway/homeless youth shelter.
“Scott and Debby’s outstanding charitable contributions have helped to transform countless lives in our community and around the world,” said FCA President/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. “Many thanks to the Rechlers for supporting our mission, and to the gala attendees who braved the elements to help us make a difference for thousands of Long Islanders.”
Commenting on their award, Mrs. Rechler said, “Last year I had the privilege of being a part of one of FCA’s many initiatives to help spread awareness about their mission. Their commitment to making Long Island a better place to live is a testament to their longstanding history and compassionate approach to helping families and communities thrive. Scott and I are both grateful to have been honored by FCA at their Fall Harvest Celebration this year.”
The fundraiser also featured a mobile auction, giving guests the opportunity to bid on exciting prizes to further support a great cause. All proceeds from the Fall Harvest Celebration will help to enhance FCA’s programs and services for Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and communities.
FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
FCA believes in the potential of Long Island - a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.
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