Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Robin and Marc Miller, along with their three children—Justin, Jordyn and Aiden—have been dedicated friends of MercyFirst for more than eight years. Robin organized and created what she called “The Circle”, which consists of families and friends from the Syosset-Woodbury Community.
Every holiday season, Robin and The Circle host a huge holiday party and sponsor the youth of MercyFirst with gifts from their wish list. Robin has also become a mentor to one of the young men she met at the holiday party, and visits with him regularly.
Andrea and Christopher Clifford have been dedicated friends of MercyFirst since 2004. They have volunteered their time through various activities, mentoring youth and, along with their children—Heather, Michelle, Jessica, Kelsey, and Terrance—they are co-founders of The Circle group.
Mary and Eric Majoy, along with their children—Joe, Kate, Matt and Jenny—have been volunteering for more than five years. Eric has run football clinics for kids and Mary organizes a variety of activities from basketball games to baking classes and the Holiday Breakfast Extravaganza.
The holiday event is held at a local diner where 25 kids enjoy a morning of games, prizes, laughter, breakfast and gifts galore provided by Mary and friends from the Village School in Syosset. Her children also partner with the students in community service activities such as preparing food baskets for the homeless.
Headquartered in Syosset, MercyFirst is a not-for-profit human service agency founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1894. The organization provides care for more than 3,500 traumatized and neglected children, teenagers and their families at 14 sites throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.