Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Presents $25,000 in Donations to Six Local Non-Profits in Region

Mary Prenon | December 2018

From left, Meghan Whalen, Habitat Donor Operations Assistant; Matthew Arbolino, Habitat Executive Director; Ann Garti, HGAR COO; Krissy DiFrancesco, HG Realtor Foundation Committee and Ron Garafalo, HGAR 2019 President.

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented checks totaling $25,000 to six local non-profit organizations throughout the lower Hudson Valley.

The Foundation distributed $5,000 donations to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, Feeding Westchester, The Food Bank for the Hudson Valley and Community Capital New York. The Foundation also made donations of $2,500 each to the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry and Green Chimneys in Brewster.

Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Reaching across religious, cultural, and racial boundaries, it seeks to rebuild a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through homeownership.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors,” said Habitat Newburgh Executive Director Matthew Arbolino. “Their generous gift will help a local family build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.”

From left, Robert Shandley, Paul Russo, Leon Cameron, Stephanie Liggio, Harding Mason, Gail Fattizzi, and Bonnie Koff, HG Realtor Foundation Committee members; Barry Kramer, HGAR President; Teri Crozier, Deb Budetti, Aimee DeCesare and Krissy DiFrancesco, HG Realtor Foundation Committee members.

Feeding Westchester, based in Elmsford, is at the heart of a network that sources and distributes food and resources to some 300 partners that feed people who are hungry in every town in Westchester. Currently, more than 200,000 Westchester residents count on Feeding Westchester to provide access to nutritious food.

“We are grateful to have the support of our generous partner, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation,” said Leslie Gordon, president & CEO of Feeding Westchester. “Their donation provides healthy food for our neighbors who are hungry and we could not do this crucial work without the support of generous donors.”

Based in Cornwall-on-Hudson, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food. It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a member of Feeding America national food bank network.

Community Capital New York in Hawthorne is a not-for-profit community development loan fund that serves eight counties in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, CT. It provides loans and technical assistance to borrowers that are not well served by traditional lenders.

Founded in 1851, The Children’s Village works in partnership with families to help children develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to succeed as healthy, contributing adults. Each year, The Children’s Village serves more than 10,000 of New York’s most at-risk children and their families.

Green Chimneys, dating back to 1947, is headquartered on a farm and wildlife center, and is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs.

Established in 2004 and relaunched in 2013, the foundation has donated thousands of dollars to charities and non-profits throughout the Hudson Valley. As concerned members of the communities we work in, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation participates in qualified community-based charities who serve the housing, hunger, health, happiness, and humane needs of citizens everywhere. For more information or to apply for funding from the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, please visit

Mary Prenon
HGAR, Director of Communications