Welcome to the WCA Spring Benefit 2021

Celebrating Westchester’s fiercest advocates for children and youth.

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Edith C. Macy Award for Distinguished Service

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

This year’s Edith C. Macy Award for Distinguished Service, given in recognition of extraordinary contributions to children’s well-being, will be awarded to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton has had a storied career where she served as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration, US Senator from New York, and First Lady of the United States. Learning about her mother’s tough childhood inspired Secretary Clinton to fight for the needs of children everywhere. Secretary Clinton’s passion for social justice activism led her to Yale University Law School. Upon graduation, Secretary Clinton went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, where she was instrumental in developing and passing historic students with disabilities legislation.

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s passion for the needs of children continued during her time as First Lady. She was a leader in the fight to reform our nation’s healthcare system by helping to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health coverage for more than 8 million children and has helped cut the uninsured rate for children in half.

Children's Champion Award

Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Children’s Champion Awards will be presented this year to the Greater Hudson Valley (GHV) (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, chartered on April 28, 1990, and Westchester County (WC) (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, chartered on June 10, 1950.

The Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated – like WCA – is built on long-term partnerships that serve young people in need. They have been hosting and funding workshops geared towards healthy relationships and lifestyles, mental health, literacy support through their Books Alive program, and financing art supplies for children in foster care during this global pandemic. In addition, this Award-winning Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is known for its annual scholarship program in the name of educator Nellie A. Thornton. Since its inception, GHV has excelled at widening a friendship circle to Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties.

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Children's Champion Award

Westchester County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Westchester County (WC) (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated engages in projects that impact the African American community and the African Diaspora. Today, the Westchester County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated supports youth through many programs. The L.I.F.E mentoring and NSBE Jr. programs support children in the Greenburgh Central School District. The Chapter’s Young Achievers program helps students at New Rochelle High School. In addition to book drives, the WC (NY) Chapter of The Links programs encourages literacy and other initiatives in the name of service.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Kate Weingarten

Kate Weingarten has earned our Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 through her passion for supporting children and families throughout Westchester County, demonstrated over 30 years. As an active member of the Mamaroneck community, she established the Keeps Afterschool Program and still sits on their Board. She was an Elected Trustee on the Budget Committee and Coastal Zone Management Commission for the Village of Mamaroneck as well.

Kate has been a long-time member and supporter of our WCA Family serving as a member of the Finance Committee for 11 years. Her transparent approach and financial acumen, developed during her studies towards a Master of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU, were instrumental in helping WCA to prosper and gain the flexibility to focus on kids’ needs. Kate and her husband, Seymour, also support twenty students with scholarships at Westchester Community College, demonstrating their passion for giving young people what they need to succeed in life.

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Our Major Issues

Westchester Children’s Association focuses on key issues that affect the most vulnerable young people in Westchester County.

Our Major Issues

Westchester Children’s Association focuses on key issues that affect the most vulnerable young people in Westchester County.

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Past Benefits

Each year we celebrate our achievements in child advocacy with our supporters.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Dream Maker Sponsors

Crusader Sponsors

Thank you for supporting our Spring Benefit! Celebrating Westchester’s fiercest advocates for children and youth and turning problems into possibilities.

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Meet Your Fierce Advocates

WCA Staff (Left to Right)
Onya West, Communications Manager
Rebekah Raz, Director of Development
Debbie Campbell, Development Associate
Allison Lake, Executive Director
Josh Prywes, Program and Policy Manager
Limarie Cabrera, Director of Data, Operations & Finance