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Frances, YPIE Alumna, shared the tremend
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YPIE Celebrates the Past and Looks to the Future

at Annual Gala

October 30, 2019

More than 500 guests filled a magically lit room in Sarah Lawrence College’s new Barbara Walters Campus Center to help make the dream of college a reality for thousands of Yonkers students. We were proud to honor Wendy Nadel, our Founding Executive Director, and Sound Associates, Inc.
“It’s only fitting that we’re here on a college campus to honor Wendy Nadel and Sound Associates who have made college a reality for so many Yonkers students,” said Samuel Wallis, Executive Director, YPIE. “People in this room are here to hold open the doors for those who come up behind them. People in this room want to make space for students, many of whom they’ll never meet, to be able to achieve their dreams.”
“When I look back on these past 12 years, there is so much to reflect on,” said Wendy Nadel, “But ultimately, I am most proud of the genuine goodness that an organization that was a mere idea 12 years ago has been able to radiate into the world.”
Frances, a YPIE alumna and Emory graduate, shared the tremendous impact Wendy had on her journey to and through college: “Wendy, I am forever grateful to you and your family for making my dreams a reality. Thank you for being my trusted mentor and friend.”
YPIE announced the establishment of the Wendy R. Nadel Volunteer Legacy Award, sponsored by the Cross County Shopping Center, a way to recognize their deeply committed volunteers for years to come.
Yonkers School District leaders, Community officials, and YPIE Student Ambassadors joined to celebrate this special evening.
See photos in this album (Photos by Toby McAfee Photography)
See our Gala 2019 Digital Journal.
YPIE Executive Director Samuel Wallis, S
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Thank You to our Gala Sponsors


Alison Lohrfink Blood, The Lohrfink Foundation 
Michael and Susan Delaney
The No Simple Highway Fund, Stacy and Scott Semel   
Sound Associates, Inc.


Cross County Shopping Center
The Cutler/Levy Family 
David and Karin Kuhns 
Wendy and Larry Nadel  
Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.


Jane Borg and Barry Blattman
Domino Sugar
Wendie and Bud Kroll
JP Morgan Chase
Oak Hill Advisors, L.P.
Stuart J. Silverman and Family
Spolzino, Smith, Buss & Jacobs, LLP
David and Sherrie Westin  


AMS Acquisitions LLC  
Amsterland: Brand Utopia 
Jenny Brorsen and Rich DeMartini 
D'Arcangelo & Co., LLP
Dellwood Studio
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts
Francis and Benjamin Benenson Foundation
Amy and Bruce Gutenplan
Diane and James T. Knight
Lawless & Mangione Architects & Engineers LLP 
Jonathan Lewis and Laura Daniels
Mrs. Norman Nadel
San Signs & Awnings
Susan and Sam Schwartz
The Shubert Organization, Inc.
Veneruso, Curto, Schwartz & Curto, LLP
The Westchester Bank
Beth Zadek and Joph Steckel

*As of October 6th

Gala Committee

Anne and Charlie Curran
Larry and Jill Feldman
Beth Fitzgerald
Beth Gelles and Nancy Stuzin
Amy and Bruce Gutenplan
Alisa and Ted Kesten
Dan Klein
Anita Nordal and Kevin Conroy
Matthew Orefice and Sweet Avigale Orefice
Liz Pollack
Rick and Debbie Stoddard
Peggy and Jerry Sturman
Mary Ann and Rob Wallis
Jennifer and Thomas Wong