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Yorktown Teen Center Celebrates Supporters, Teens

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Teen Center celebrated teens, peers and supporters at its second dinner Thursday night.

The center raised $5,000 at the dinner, which celebrated and honored Rick Cerrone, former senior director of media relations for the New York Yankees, who received an award Thursday night. Cerrone received the Joan Valenstein Memorial Youth Advocate Award in memory of the youth advocate who was a founding Teen Center Board member. According to Teen Center Director Helena Rodriguez, Cerrone spearheaded the renovation efforts of the teen lounge, which currently gives teens a “comfortable and inviting environment” right in the center of town. A few weeks ago Cerrone also arranged for teens to take a trip to see the Mets, another gift that was recognized Thursday night.

“Besides that awesome room, Mr. Cerrone got us tickets to see the Mets,” said Andres Perez, a teen selected by his peers to speak. “What I don’t understand is, why did he get us tickets to the Mets when he was a Yankee guy?”

The retail value of the teen center lounge is estimated at more than $50,000. Contributions of materials for the renovation came from businesses throughout the community, including the Jack DeVito Foundation of Yorktown Heights.

Teens who often partake in musical performances performed at the dinner, keeping the focus as always on the teens and their talents.

“People seemed to walk away happy tonight," Rodriguez said. "I know I am.”

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