This past June, MWI held its annual presentation and installation at Temple Chaverim in Plainview. The Executive Board and the Board of Directors were installed. It is hard to believe that our Preident is now beginning her third year. The years do go by!
We also had the pleasure of granting $15,000 each to two separate charities. In addition, we were able to a support a $20,000 scholarship for a summer internship for a student at the Hofstra Medical School.
This year, as in prior years, all our grantees were outstanding.
Nicholos Center: When children become 21, high school is finished and there are few programs available for the autistic community. Nicholos Center is a place to learn life skills, to learn computers in order to become a transitional vocation center. Along with the Nocholos Center came Spectrum Design. It is a manufacturing business that puts logos on shirts, hats, etc. It is a non-profit and employs only autistic people. Stella Spanaksos is the founder and CEO.
Pal-A-Mine Equestrian, Inc.:Pal-A-Mine's roots date back to 1995. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing. Its population includes children and adults with disabilities. Pal-A-Mine has a full time program which includes 18 special horses and over 300 individuals. Lisa Gatti is the founder and director, and we were so lucky to hear both Lisa and Stella telling their stories. What wonderful work they both do for people with disabilities.
Hofstra Medical School: It is always a pleasure to be able to support a student from the medical school. The MWI grant allows a student to take a summer position, which may not offer any funding. At our event in June we were fortunate to have two 4th year medical students visit us. Laurie Murray and Alyssa Rothman were both past recipients of MWI's grants. through MWI'S nine years our generous grants have been able to support forty students. Quite an accomplishment! Alan Kelly is the Vice President for development and alumni affairs, while Meredith Celentano is the Assistant Vice President for development and alumni affairs.
The women of MWI should be very proud of all the many charities that we have been fortunately able to help.
Recipients of MWI's grants to Hofstra Medical School for student summer internships, with June Stelboum and Lori Schonfeld.