CAREERS Celebrates 35 Years!

Noah Feld Earns Award

Allegra Palevich presents Employee of the Year Award to Noah Feld

Noah Feld (pictured  with Employment Specialist Allegra Palevich) was named Employee of the Year at CAREERS 35th Anniversary Celebration. More than 100 clients were honored for their hard work and employers, sponsors and donors were also recognized.

“It is so gratifying to celebrate 35 years of serving individuals with disabilities,” CAREERS Executive Director Tina Cornish-Lauria said. “CAREERS successfully weathered the pandemic and I am pleased to report that job placements are up 104% over 2020 and 40% over last year,” she added.

PepsiCo EnAble was the Premier Sponsor of the event for the 18th consecutive year and KTS Pooled Trust returned as Supreme Sponsor. Curry Automotive and Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano returned as Supporting Sponsors.

Contributing Sponsors include: Cuddy Law Firm, LEXCO Wealth Management, Croonquist Group, Hart Vida & Partners, James Quinn Painting, Karen Brown, Kitson Law Firm, New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Unitex Textile Rental Services.

Besides Noah Feld, who was named Employee of the Year for his dedication and creativity in the bakery department at ShopRite in New Rochelle, several awards were given to supporters and clients. Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace in Yorktown Heights received the Employer of the Year award for creating a welcoming workplace for people with disabilities. Named Supervisor of the Year was Claudia Pavone, manager of ShopRite in Bedford, who treats individuals with disabilities with compassion, empathy and patience.

New York State Senator Pete Harckham received an Award of Appreciation for his work on behalf of people with disabilities. Senator Harckham advocates for people with disabilities and works to ensure inclusivity in the workplace, in schools, and elsewhere.

The Afya Foundation, a not-for-profit that repurposes medical supplies for those in need, received the Outstanding Program Support Award for its internship program that teaches vocational skills. The Outstanding Community Support Award went to the not-for-profit Second Chance Foods which provides nourishing food to those in need in Putnam County.

Adrienne Forbes, widow of Board Member Howard Forbes, and their son Warren accepted the Forever In Our Hearts Award in Howard’s memory. Jane Dwyer, head volunteer at the new CAREERS Thrift Shop, accepted the Outstanding Volunteer Award on behalf of the 14-member group of volunteers.

Other honorees include Angela Sforza, Shining Star Award; Harpal Arora, Rock Star Award; Lyle Davidson, Retirement Honoree; Stephen Barker, Ben Rodell and Debra Ann Schnepf, Personal Achievement Awards.

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