On Saturday, September 28, at 6:30 pm, the Port Washington Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s Tenth Inspiration Gala, celebrating “The Jewel of Port Washington . . . our Library.” This year the Foundation has three outstanding honorees: National Grid with National Grid New York President Kenneth D. Daly accepting; Lucy Mazany, Senior Vice President and Long Island Division Manager of Valley National Bank; and Georgia DeYoung.
The Foundation’s Corporate Leadership Award this year goes to National Grid, an international energy delivery company. In the United States National Grid with 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern US, providing power to over one million Long Island customers. National Grid is also proud to be involved in many community-based projects and partnerships through the National Grid Foundation, which has provided nearly $12 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations since 1998.
Accepting the award on behalf of National Grid will be Port Washington resident Kenneth D. Daly, President of New York National Grid. Throughout his 25-year career he has held numerous positions including Group Financial Controller in London; CFO, Global Gas Distribution; vice president of Financial and Employee Related Services; and merger coordination officer during the merger integration of both National Grid/KeySpan and Brooklyn Union/LILCO. Mr. Daly graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in English in 1988 and has earned both an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University. He achieved the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002. Mr. Daly is a member of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor there for 20 years. He has been the director of the St. John’s University Executive-in-Residence Program since 1992 and is also a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program, and a member of the Long Island Energy Partnership and the British American Business Council Board of Directors.
Also receiving the Corporate Leadership Award, Hofstra University BA and MBA graduate Lucy Mazany is a senior vice president at Valley National Bank. She serves as a division manager and oversees the bank’s Business Development Team and Branch Network for the bank’s fifteen branches located throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties. Lucy began her banking career with European American Bank, working as a branch manager in several branches. She is currently president of The Institute of Management Accountants, Long Island Chapter, and has served on various not for profit committees in the community including the Molloy College Golf Committee, the “Go Red for Women” Long Island Luncheon, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Lions Club, the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, the Long Island Women’s Business Council, and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.
The Leonard Wurzel Public Service Award honoree is Georgia DeYoung a community activist who has volunteered for numerous Port Washington organizations. She is on the board of Friends of Sands Point Preserve, where she is on the Executive Committee and is the events chairperson; secretary of the Sands Point Civic Association and chair of its Gardening Committee; chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, Village of Sands Point. She has been a member of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington for more than twenty years and was a board member for ten years. She volunteers for the Port Washington Public Library’s “Books for Dessert” program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a parent advocate at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Network. From 1989 – 1992 she served as president of the Community Synagogue, and from 1994 -2011 she was vice president of the Greater NY Council of Reform Synagogues and a national board member of the Union for Reform Judaism. She co-chaired the Community Synagogue’s Fiftieth and Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations and is currently on the Sanctuary Renovation Design Committee. Before her retirement Ms. DeYoung worked at Ben DeYoung and Associates, where she performed qualitative and statistical analysis of market research projects for national corporations and as the manager of placement services for the school Abilities in Albertson. Georgia has a BA from the University of Rochester and is certified in Human Services Administration.
In keeping with this year’s jewel theme, the evening will include a performance of Guy De Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” adapted for the stage by Foundation board member Judy Sloan and performed by seasoned actors Ryan Morey and Sarah Arikian. This year’s Gala will also feature a not-to-be-missed jewelry fashion show presented by London Jewelers as well as a silent auction of high-end jewelry and a raffle of jewelry with lower price points. Many pieces of jewelry have been donated by local Port Washington merchants including the Sands Point Shop, Glen Bradford Fine Jewelry, Spellbound Fine Jewelry, 5J Jewelers, Apple Tree, and Christina Cheng. You will not want to miss this entertaining theatrical experience as well as a cocktail extravaganza featuring open bars, signature drinks, food stations, and wonderful desserts, catered by Port Washington’s own H on the Harbor.
Since its inception, the Port Washington Library Foundation has donated over $1,500,000 to the library to fund a number of programs and projects not covered by taxpayer dollars. Tickets to this event are $250 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please call 883-4400, Ext. 180 or go on the Foundation’s website at pwpl.org/foundation.
The Library Foundation wishes to thank the generous Port Washington merchants who graciously donated items for the silent auction and raffle at our Tenth Inspiration Gala.
Glen Bradford Fine Jewelry
Sands Point Shop
Spellbound Fine Jewelry
The Gala will also feature a high-end jewelry fashion show courtesy of London Jewelers.