Written by Record Pilot Staff Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
Longtime volunteers Laura Gay and Jean Simensky of Locust Valley will be honored at SCO Family of Services’ annual Fashion Show at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove on May 7.
Gay is a real estate agent with Daniel Gale in East Norwich and lives in Locust Valley with her husband, Jim. They have two grown children. Gay has been a member of the SCO Fashion Show Committee for 17 years and has volunteered at other SCO events. She also
bakes cupcakes on Halloween and apple pies on Thanksgiving for the holiday dinners served to children with developmental disabilities at SCO’s Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center in Sea Cliff.
“The staff at SCO are the ones that should be honored,” she says. “They’re so dedicated it makes you want to make sure they have what they need to make their programs work,” says Gay.
Gay has also served on the dance committee for the Grenville Bakers Boys & Girls Club in Locust Valley and the Parent’s Councils in the Locust Valley school system.
Simensky is also a resident of Locust Valley, where she lives with her husband Scott. They have six grown children and one grandchild with a second on the way. She has supported SCO’s work for 14 years and has served on the Fashion Show committee for the past 10, when co-honoree Laura Gay encouraged her to become more involved with the agency.
Simensky says, “SCO is an amazing organization that helps so many people with so many different needs. It just makes you feel good all over that you can be a part of the success of other human beings.”
Simensky also runs a food pantry at St. Gertrude’s in Bayville where she’s been volunteering for more than 15 years.
Funds raised at the annual Fashion Show help SCO Family of Services provide life-changing results for more than 60,000 people each year at over 110 locations throughout New York City and Long Island. Ninety-three cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to help people in need.
For more information about the SCO Fashion Show, contact Sioban Rack at 516-671-1253 ext. 139 or visit www.sco.org.
SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. They aim to get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. The organization enables New Yorkers to meet life’s challenges with support, care and acceptance. SCO has played a vital role delivering human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years.