White Plains Library Foundation to Honor Three Community Partners at 6th
Annual Gala on April 9: James Benerofe and The Shirley G. Benerofe
Foundation; the Westchester Library System; and Westchester Community
White Plains, NY—The White Plains Library Foundation will hold its Sixth
Annual Treasures Gala: “Honoring Our Community Partners,” on Saturday, April
9, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue,
White Plains, NY. The honorees are James Benerofe and The Shirley G.
Benerofe Foundation; the Westchester Library System; and Westchester
Community College. Judith Nevins, incoming Foundation Board President said,
“We are thrilled to be honoring such illustrious partners whose
contributions have benefited so many people in White Plains and Westchester
County through their work to advance education, literacy, and library
James Benerofe, a Board Member of the White Plains
Library Foundation since its inception in 1995, is being honored for his
philanthropic support, individually and through The Shirley G. Benerofe
Foundation. His personal and family generosity have enhanced the
Library’s educational initiatives for children, teens, and the business
community, including the Library’s Center for Business, Jobs, and
Nonprofits. Mr. Benerofe is the founder of Suburban Street News, Inc.,
as well as Oped.com and WhitePlains.com, two online news sources serving the
greater White Plains community. Mr. Benerofe studied at New York
University before joining the family real estate business, in which he
remains active with his brothers Andy and Mitch. The Shirley G.
Benerofe Foundation, named in honor of their mother, has been a long-time
supporter of The White Plains Library Foundation and other organizations
supporting education and youth services.
The Westchester Library
System (WLS), a consortium of 38 member libraries in Westchester County, is
being honored for its leadership in effecting partnerships that advance
excellent library service for the County’s more than 940,000 residents.
As a center of innovation for the Westchester library community, WLS
initiates valuable community projects, such as the New Americans Resource
Center at the White Plains Public Library, done in concert with Westchester
Community College. In addition WLS facilitates resource sharing
through its online catalog system, WESTLYNX, that unites Westchester’s 38
public libraries, a delivery system to move requested items where they are
needed, and reference databases, downloadable books and audio books. WLS
Executive Director Terry Kirchner, PhD, will accept the honor on the
Westchester Community College (WCC), the
County’s largest institution of higher education, is being honored for its
outstanding work to boost literacy and opportunity for new immigrants in the
County. WCC partners with the White Plains Public Library to operate the New
Americans Resource Center, which offers free basic English conversation and
literacy classes taught by WCC faculty. Responding to the needs of the
County’s growing non-native born population, WCC has helped thousands of
immigrants and non-English speakers, at its campuses in Valhalla and
throughout the County, gain essential literacy skills and make strides
towards citizenship, employment and assimilation. These services
expanded significantly through the Gateway Center, which opened on WCC’s
main campus in September 2010. Dr. Joseph N. Hankin, who assumed the
Presidency of Westchester Community College in 1971, will accept the honor
on the college’s behalf.
At the Gala, the Foundation will be proud
to unveil a First Floor Master Plan developed by architects Vitetta and
Bermello Ajamil & Partners, which includes preliminary renderings for a
special teen space to be called “The Edge.”
The Gala program will
include a musical interlude by the multi-talented David Tobey, violinist
with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra and lifelong Westchester
resident, whose paintings and sculpture will be on exhibit in the Library’s
Museum Gallery from March 30 through June 15.
Tickets are $125 per
person, and sponsorships and journal advertisements are available.
The Gala will also include a silent auction. For further information,
please contact Foundation Executive Director Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495.
The White Plains Library Foundation, a non-profit organization, was
incorporated in 1995 to raise funds to help meet the long-range goals of the
White Plains Public Library. The Foundation’s work supports a
wide range of programs and initiatives that promote literacy, educational
achievement, career development, and lifelong learning.