September 2017

Community Champions Annual Awards and Gala Dinner June 21

The Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association is celebrating Community Champions of New Rochelle at their Annual Awards and Gala Dinner, being held on Wednesday June 21 at 6 pm. The location is the wonderful beach side setting of The Davenport Mansion, New Rochelle. Scrumptious food with breathtaking views of Long Island Sound will not disappoint attendees.


This year’s recipients of  The Community Leadership through Community Service Award are Haina Just-Michael, Jim Killoran and the Parente Family.


The definition of a Community Champion is someone who works tirelessly to improve the quality of life in their community. Some work with or for an organization while other champions start movements or organize people on their own. Whatever it is they do, they think of the community before themselves. They are committed to making things better for everyone.


Haina Just-Michael is a “busy” community leader - board member for The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, volunteer for Westchester food patch and 2013 recipient of Volunteer New York Spirit Award for her work as a trustee for the New Rochelle’s Public Library. All while running her successful business JustMediaGroupInc. that specializes in nonprofits.


Jim Killoran as executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester has overseen the building and rehab of over 800 houses. He has worked to help Westchester families improve their education and skills, instill a sense of pride in their accomplishment and break the cycle of poverty through affordable home ownership.


The Parente’s are a proud Military family. Parents Peter & Jen involve their children in all they do. From being active in placing over 3000 flags that line New Rochelle’s City Hall for 9/11 each year to helping out at VFW functions & charitable organizations. The Family’s Annual Toys for Tots Christmas Party is a season’s favorite and all look forward to The Memorial Day celebration at Glen Island Park the entire family help organize. Besides their countless volunteer projects & raising two children, both Peter & Jen are successful business people.


Come join The Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association as they honor these New Rochelle Community Champions which also help raise funds that allows them to continue spreading the history of founding father Thomas Paine and founding families of New Rochelle, The Huguenots; having fun at their Colonial Fair & Colonial Haunted House, numerous lectures and school class programs and maintaining & operating The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum. All without the aid of any Federal funding.


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