Each year a group of individuals are inducted into the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame for their dedication and commitment to our community.  Some have founded nonprofit organizations to address specific needs; others are recognized for their lifetime commitment to volunteering.  The Long Island community is blessed by the humanitarian spirit of these individuals whose vision, dedication and drive addressed a community need and began a legacy of service to improve the quality of life on Long Island.

2011 Founders

Children & Youth Services
Patricia D'AccoltiChildren's Sport Connection
Nancy & Rod ZuchThe Morgan Center
Emergency Services
Nancy LynchPet Safe Coalition
Family Support
Glenda White-HillsMillennium Sistahs
Nancy LeupoldSupport for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
Larry HohlerHope Children's Fund
Dan ConnorThe Gladiator Fund
Sister Jeanne Andre Brendel, O.P.Harvest Houses
Special Needs
Dr. Deborah BensonCommon Ground Alliance
Next Generation Awards
Emergency Services
Simeon Melman
Benjamin Jake Kornick
Visionary Philanthropy
Christopher Yao
Lifetime Achievement Award in Volunteerism
Jay Steingold
Inspirational Service Award
Victoria Ruvolo

2010 Founders

Children & Youth Services
Jill RooneyHarbor Child Care
Cultural Arts
Valia SeiskayaBallet Education & Scholarship Fund
Maida CherryAssociation of Professional Volunteer Administrators
Richard Schary,Friends of Massapequa Preserve
Family Support
Janet WalersteinChild Care Council of Suffolk
Colette CoyneColette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~
Robert McMillanLong Island Housing Partnership
Ralph & MaryAnn NapolitanoJay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~
Special Needs
William Heiser, The William Heiser Foundation for the Cure of Spinal Cord Injuries

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in Volunteerism
John Sullivan, Nominated by Abilities
2010 The Next Generation Awards
Rachel Obergh, The Next Generation Award for Historical Preservation  ~~Rachel's Poem~~
Charles Sharkey, The Next Generation Award for Leadership

2009 Founders
Marcia Spector, SNAP Long Island 

Steve Corbett, Floral Park Conservation Society
Vera Rivers, Central Nassau Club- National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club
Michael Nolan, Hospice of the South Shore (now known as Hospice Care Network)
Mitch Shapiro, Foundation for Sight and Sound ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~
Teresa Kennedy, Co-founder of Mercy Center Ministries
Jill Palmeri, The Andy Foundation  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~
Frank Krotschinsky, Suffolk Independent Living Organization 

2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Volunteerism
Shirley Katz, nominated by The Retreat

2009 The Next Generation Award for Education
Jennifer Zwilling, Founder of Youth Ambassador Program of the Tourette Syndrome AssociationLearn More About The Youth Ambassador Program and Tourette Syndrome

2009 The Next Generation Award for Leadership
David O'Connor

2009 The Next Generation Award for Visionary Philanthropy
Samantha Malis, Co-founder of 1>0

2008 Founders

John White, Project Challenge

Joysetta & Julius Pearse, Nassau County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee

Robert Alvey, Garden City Bird Sanctuary ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Sybil Meisel, PAWS- Pioneers for Animal Welfare  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Lillian Julien, COPE- Connecting Our Paths Eternally ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Lorraine Pace, Breast Cancer Help, Inc. (Healthy Environment for a Living Planet) ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Kenneth Batchelor, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk

Ann & Phil Gribbins, Floral Park Conservation Society Giving Garden

Leonard Sandel, FOSSI- Friends of Senior Services, Inc.

Nina Eaton, United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk

Lifetime Achievement Award 2008

William Tyree, SCO Family of Services

2007 Founders

James Boisi, Mentoring Partnership of Long Island ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Fred Breithut, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Tim Jaccard, AMT Children of Hope Foundation 

Anna Hunninghouse, Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center 

Rhoda Finer, InterAgency Council of Glen Cove 

Robert Donno, Gift of Life  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

R. Brinkley Smithers, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Sister Aimée Koonmen, Bethany House of Nassau, NY 

Aimée Z. Holtzmanrock CAN roll, Inc.

John J. (Jack) FlatleyLong Island State Veterans Home

Judith S. Bloch, Variety Child Learning Center  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

2007 Lifetime Achievement

James Reed


2006 Founders

Cindy Pierce Lee & Marjorie Chaplin, Child Abuse Preventions Services 

Dr. Hiao-Tsiun Ma, The Children's Orchestra Society 

Mr. & Mrs. Henry P. Davison, American Red Cross, Nassau County Chapter  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Janine DionPet Peeves Inc.

Luke Smith, Society of St. Vincent de Paul  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Marion Terry, African-American Health Education and Development Fund 

Thomas Roberts III, Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Patricia Shea, MOMMAS House ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Dr. Davis Pollack, Clubhouse of Suffolk 

Betty Schlein, Suzy Sonenberg & Barbara Strongin, Long Island Fund for Women and Girls 

Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

2006 Lifetime Achievement

Sol Goldstein, Rebuilding Together Long Island 

Diana O'Neill, Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame, Honorary Inductee 


2005 Founders

Dr. Carol Carter, Patti Kelly Barker & Tamara Pelosi, Sunshine Center 

Boris Chartan, The Holocaust Memorial & Educational Center of Nassau County 

Mother Anselma Ruth, Molloy College 

Sallie Ruppert, Volunteers for Wildlife 

The Honorable Hope Zimmerman, Mothers' Center Hicksville, National Association of Mothers' Centers ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Heather Buggee, Splashes of Hope  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Irving Berkowitz, Federation of Organizations 

Syd MandelbaumRock and Wrap it Up! ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Peter Barnett, Nassau Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Marty Lyons, The Marty Lyons Foundation 

Paul Arfin, The Community Programs Center for Long and

Al Eskanazy, ASCENT: A School for Individuals with Autism 

2005 Lifetime Achievement

Marc Blitstein, AHRC – Suffolk Chapter 

Thomas Cruso, United Way of Long Island  

2004 Founders

Jerry & Fern Hill, Timothy Hill Children's Ranch 

Sharon LippmanArt Without Walls, Inc.

Delores Smalls, Association of Black Women in Higher Education 

David KilmnickLong Island Gay and Lesbian Youth ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Geraldine Sheridan, Dress for Success, Brookhaven 

John Theissen, John Theissen Children's Foundation 

Cosco Williams, Wyandanch Homes & Property Development Corporation  ~~ AGENCY HISTORY~~

Lillian McCormick, Family & Children's Association/Port Washington Group Home 

Anne Mead, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program in Suffolk County 

Donald MitznerAdults & Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc.

2004 Lifetime Achievement

Sheila Johnson Page, Newsday's Community Affairs 

2003 Founders

Jean Forman, Coalition on Child Abuse & Neglect 

Faye Raymon, Township Theatre Group  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Diana FreedEducation & Assistance Corporation, Inc.

Rev. John Paul HankinsResponse of Suffolk County, Inc.

Nancy Manfredonia, Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference 

Barbara AllanPrison Families Anonymous/FEGS: Health & Human ServicesSystem ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Beatrice CohartNorth Shore Child & Family Guidance Center ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Sr. Mairead M. BarrettNew Ground, Inc. ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Harry ChapinLong Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank 

Elizabeth Gere Byrnes, The Junior League of Long Island 

Angela KoenigDoubleday Babcock Senior Center, Inc.

Helen Kaplan, AHRC Nassau  

2002 Founders

Gloria Wallick, Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Catherine Davison, Nassau County Museum of Art  ~~ AGENCY HISTORY~~

Joan Imhof, Long Island Volunteer Center  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Beverly Merkinger, Dr. Sherry Radowitz & Arlene Siegelwaks, Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.    ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Paul Stoutenburgh, North Fork Environmental Council  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Lyn Jurick, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Michael Moran & Patricia O’Connor, Interfaith Nutrition Network 

Linda BreitstoneIsland Harvest, Ltd. ~~ AGENCY HISTORY~~

Janet Walsh, Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation  ~~AGENCY HISTORY~~

Dr. Caryl Bank & Dr. Barbara Feingold, The Hagedorn Little Village School  ~~ AGENCY HISTORY~~


"There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through...sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together."
~Mother Teresa
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