BBBS of FSW Luncheon Draws 150 Attendees

11/30/11

 

                RYE  — Approximately 150 people attended a recent lecture and luncheon at the Coveleigh Club hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester.  Author Lucia Greenhouse read from her book, “fathermothergod: My Journey out of Christian Science” at the luncheon. Greenhouse talked about the challenges of growing up in a home with two Christian Science parents who did not see the need for medical assistance even when her mother developed cancer.   “Christian Scientists believe that the material world is not real and that includes physical illness, ” noted Greenhouse.

                Another highlight of the luncheon took place when Barbara Mautner of Ossining and Nancy D’Alessandro of Tarrytown talked about being matched as “Big” and “Little” sisters, respectively, by BBBS of FSW in 1974. Both women talked fondly of the lifelong bond they have shared since that point.

                Family Services of Westchester established the county’s Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in 1958. Operating out of five locations in Westchester, BBBS oversees more than 200 matches. The program runs innovative school and workplace mentoring sites that serve 95 young students. In addition, approximately 10 children of incarcerated parents are mentored through NYCOP – New York Children of Promise.  In 2006, BBBS of FSW was one of 35 chapters out of 471 to receive a “Best All-Around Performer” award.

                As with many chapters, BBBS of FSW has a wait list of children hoping to be matched with a mentor. Male mentors in particular are needed for the approximately 50 children on the agency’s waitlist. Each match costs $2,300 to implement so donations are also needed.   Marsha Tom, Director of BBBS of FSW, encouraged the audience members to work with the organization to improve the lives of children in the county. “Accept the responsibility for just one child,” urged Tom.   

 You can show your support of Big Brothers Big Sisters by taking part in the bookfair at Barnes & Noble on December 14.  If you can’t go to the store on Central Ave. in Yonkers, you can participate online.