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
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 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.