February 2018

(L-R) Alisa Kesten, Volunteer New York! Executive Director; Geri Shapiro, 2018 Legacy Award Honoree; and, Kathy Halas, Child Care Council of Westchester Executive Director

Geri Shapiro to be Honored at 38th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards

Volunteer New York!’s sole annual fundraising gala, the Volunteer Spirit Awards, will take place April 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in Tarrytown. This event, now entering its 38th year, is typically a sold-out breakfast benefit, with over 600 guests that join together to celebrate volunteerism during National Volunteer Week in April.  Volunteer New York!  has announced  that Geri Shapiro has been chosen  the 2018 Legacy Award Winner.


 Shapiro, a senior advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, was born in New Rochelle and is a long-time Westchester resident who is intimately involved with the issues that impact the community. She is a staunch advocate for Westchester County, working with all levels of government on topics including senior, aging, and disability issues, and nuclear power.


 Her first career was as a stay-at-home mom who devoted much of her time volunteering at her daughter’s school and caring for her aging parents. She was active in the PTA and served as PTA president. In 2000, she began volunteering for Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign. Known by her family as the “expeditor,” her skills and experiences were quickly recognized and, at age 59, she was asked to serve as Westchester County Regional Director for Senator Clinton. In 2009 she transitioned to Regional Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and currently serves as a Senior Advisor.


 Over her career, she has mentored staff, volunteers, and members of the community, particularly women. Shapiro is among those who are quietly working to make the county a better place, all while inspiring and empowering others.


Volunteering, and with a bit of tenacity, opened a new door in her life, and she believes in its power to do the same for others.


 Previous Legacy Award honorees, now members of the Volunteer New York! Legacy Circle, include Betty Cotton, Markham F. Rollins III, Matthew G. McCrosson, and George Troyano.


The core mission of Volunteer New York! (volunteernewyork.org) is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support non-profits and improve the quality of life in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. For more than 67 years, the organization has encouraged adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to lead, mature adults to share their wisdom and businesses to engage through volunteerism.


 All members of the community are invited to join Volunteer New York! on April 20, 2018 in celebration of Shapiro’s exemplary commitment and leadership. Ticket information is available at www.volunteernewyork.org/awards.


For sponsorship information contact Elisabeth Vieselmeyer at evieselmeyer@volunteerneywork.org, 914-227-9307, or



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