WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Wheelchair Charities, Inc., recently honored Susan Wayne, president and chief executive officer of Family Services of Westchester (FSW), in May at its annual fund-raising gala in New York City.
The event, hosted by Dale Allen, director of sports marketing for Nike/Jordan Brand, also celebrated Reggie Saunders, global brand marketing director, Jordan Brand, and William Gibane, III, senior vice president, Gilbane Building Company.
Past honorees have included Westchester philanthropist and Wheelchair Charities supporter Patricia Lanza, her husband Frank Lanza, and her family.
Patricia Lanza, an Eastchester resident, was a dedicated advocate of FSW and most recently provided a $1 million challenge grant to support the Lanza Family Center for All Ages. FSW closed on the new property in White Plains in March, just prior to her death at the age of 80.
Wayne thanked Lanza for her nomination of FSW to be honored at this year’s gala. “It is truly my humble honor to accept this distinguished award tonight. This recognition means so much to me, and to Family Services of Westchester,” Wayne said. “We will stay connected and through our two charities will continue to do our work and make Pat proud.”
Proceeds from the event enable Wheelchair Charities, Inc. to purchase needed items for patients and residents of the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital in New York City, including vans, buses, and state-of-the-art computer systems.
Since its inception 37 years ago, Wheelchair Charities has raised more than $20,000,000 with the help of an expanding family of sponsors, donors and volunteers. For more information, visit www.wheelchaircharitiesinc.org.