“It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us, and to leave a legacy
that is worthy of our children and of future generations”- Christine Gregoire
Every donation to Nyack Center helps ensure that legacy. Please donate to The Nyack Center’s critical programs and services for children and families. 98% of our families are at or below the Federal Income Guidelines for Poverty. Nyack Center is able to offer the lowest cost before and after school care in Rockland and The Hudson Valley. Parents say Nyack Center’s services are the only way they can afford to live and work in our community. We need your help to continue to support Nyack Center children and families.
One of our children, Alicia began at 6 years old as a camper at Camp Nyack. That summer she arrived enthusiastic to swim and be with her friends. In just 2 days, her affect changed to sad and withdrawn. With a little conversation with our staff, we learned she didn’t have a swimsuit or towel. After a quick trip by a staff member to a local store, Alicia was ready to learn to swim with the best of them. Small hurdles to us but, a world of opportunity for our children.
Your gift will help ensure our children will conquer those small, and sometimes big hurdles, and have opportunities for: 44 of our children to have breakfast and a safe place before school, 87 children to get homework help, snack and enriching activities after school, 25 teens to have Computer Time, 15 teens to participate in Teen Council and host Teen Nights for 100 plus youth, 125 children to attend summer day camp, 35 youth to have a safe place to go during the summer, 80 plus local nonprofits to have a place to host workshops and events and so much more.
This is what Nyack Center is all about – making a difference for our friends and neighbors, so all our community children have what they need to succeed. We know that when one child succeeds, we all succeed. We are leaving a legacy together as a community every day.
Generous community donors are matching every dollar you donate up to $12,000.
Let’s take their lead, give generously, join our community of friends and leave our legacy together in the life of children and families.
Our heartfelt wishes for a happy & healthy season of love.
Jane Smith Kim Cross
Board Chair Executive Director
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"You're a shining star
No matter who you are
Shining bright to see
What you could truly be..."
Join us as we honor our friends and shining stars
Steve Canal & Tracie McLee
at Nyack Center's Legacy Gala on Nov. 2, 2019
Live music, Signature cocktails, Live and Silent Auctions, delicious food
after party and dancing from 10pm until...
Event Co-Chairs-Chelsea Aversano & Kenyatta Jones-Arietta
Sponsorships, Ads and Tickets are available below.
Nyack Center's Board of Directors cordially invites you to our Annual Meeting on May 15th, 7pm at Nyack Center.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Achil Petit
Join us as we celebrate our 180 year old building and its history from 1839-2019. All are welcome.
“More than a community building, a place for building community”
Light refreshments will be served.
Achil Petit, Ed.D., our keynote speaker is Superintendent of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy Charter Schools has been with the organization for nearly 14 years. In 1999, Dr. Petit began his teaching career as a substitute teacher in an elementary school for grades 4-6. He landed a permanent long-term substitute position at Albany High School in 2000 where he worked as a special education teacher’s assistant. In 2004, Dr. Petit returned back downstate to accept an 8th grade math position at A.B. Davis Middle School in Mount Vernon, NY. In 2005, he joined HCZ as an after-school math specialist and became the 7th and 8th grade math teacher the following year. Dr. Petit quickly developed a reputation for moving the academic needle for students who were performing significantly below grade level and was instrumental in the development and growth of the math department. As a math teacher, math coach, assistant principal and principal for several years, he has contributed to the Harlem Children's Zone outperforming New York City District Five, New York City and New York State white students in state test scores. In 2014, Dr. Petit became the superintendent of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter Schools and early childhood programs - leading the organization to continued growth and success. During his tenure, Dr. Petit has proven to be an effective leader and role model, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the Harlem Children’s Zone mission, students and families. Dr. Petit earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the University at Albany and a doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John's Fisher College Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education.
“Deye Mon gen Mon”. Beyond the Mountains, there are Mountains…
I have never had to write about the reasons why I give, because I have never been able to up until recently. We have always received. My 3 siblings and I grew up in a mostly single parent house in Easton, PA. Life was always rocky and my mom did the best she could to provide the best she could. She worked as a nurses aid in several nursing homes and came home late most nights. We were recipients of social services, went to food pantries for food when we had nothing, bounced around a shelter or two, then lived in Section 8. My mom once lost her purse on a bus we were riding in a week before Christmas. It wasn’t returned and I’ll never forget the stress of her trying to recoup the cash she worked hard for, and lost trying to provide a good Christmas for us. We spent a Christmas or two at the local VFW, where vets dressed as Santa handed donated gifts out to families like ours. We also spent a lot of time at the Salvation Army, and The Boys & Girls Club, where we got childcare, lunch, learned and made friendships that are bonded in the struggle. Through these programs we were able to go on trips, camping and do things my mom couldn’t provide or knew about.
We were raised in a religious house and taught to always appreciate family first, to love and help each other because thats was all we had in the end. We were also brought up to appreciate the connections we make in life, cultivate opportunities and learn from every relationship. Eventually my mom became mentally ill, and I raised my sister through her last years of high school.
Every situation is diﬀerent but divorce drove a huge wedge between my parents and we were caught in the middle. My Dad and I have a great relationship now that I’m a adult, but as a kid drama got in the way. We spent a lot of time apart during my childhood, but the time we spent together are solid memories and lessons I hold to this day. Even though I didn’t see him often, he was always on the phone checking on me and school. He immigrated from Haiti back in the day, worked hard to get where he is now, and is one of my heroes and lessons in life. Growing up in Haiti and coming here was no easy task. He is a major voice in my reasoning and I’m thankful for his advice. He’s always wanted better for us than what he still preaches. We still talk everyday and love spending time together. My Grandmother was a teacher in Haiti and continued to do so late into her life. She knew since she had the skills to make a change, she would teach as many people as possible to make Haiti better.
A positive example is something not everyone has. I have been fortunate in having many to learn guidance from, and I’m thankful for them. These people have taught me that there is always a chance to be better, learn more, develop skills, and the chance to change my future outlook.
I do not have a four year degree. I received a education through an apprenticeship because someone gave me a chance to better myself by learning. I moved out of Pennsylvania to New York and followed the advice to learn more, and it has taken me this far. I will continue to use these lessons given to me to continue to grow.
While I have always dreamed of getting out of the struggle, doing better and giving back one day, I never thought it would be possible in early adulthood. I’m 33.. and when I think about everything we’ve been through, it really wasn’t that long ago.. we received because people cared to give, and learned lessons that people were willing to take time to teach. I am beyond grateful for everyone that has had a hand in my development.… It takes a village and I am thankful for those in my “village” that have given time and energy to help guide me (us) to see the positive chances that are available. It seems like the good years flew by, but the bad ones seemed to last forever.
I am here to help and be a positive example for kids that are in the situation I was in. Everyday is a chance to build more and do more. I see my reflection in those that can’t aﬀord food or proper eye care. Its tough to try to move forward without the basics. The world is a tough place. The lessons we learn are much more clear when you can actually see, focus and understand. This is how I pay it forward.
My company is writing several “Vision Scholarships” to local non-profits to help those in need of proper vision care as well as supporting other programs at other organizations. The Nyack Center is one of our focuses for giving because of the impact they continue to have on our local youth.The programs they oﬀer feed and nurture. From the breakfast club, to daily activities and after school programs, the Nyack Center continues to help develop the minds of youth, and teach positive skills that will go on for future success. There are mountains beyond the mountains my friends, lets help each other over them.
It takes a village and this is my way of #Giving.
~Carl Cameau ABO, LDO
Hudson Spectacles/Eyevolution Optique 42 South Franklin St
Nicole Hines, Nyack Center Assistant Director
Nicole Hines was born and raised in Nyack. She attended Nyack Public Schools. She and her husband Anthony are childhood sweethearts and raised their family of 3 in Nyack. Nicole has worked at Nyack Center for 14 years but, her history with Nyack Center is much longer. Nicole first came to Nyack Center as a teen in our After-School Program. She remembers fondly her days; doing homework, dancing, playing ping pong and pool, arts and crafts with Ms. Kris Burns. However, her 11-year-old passion was for Double Dutch.
Double Dutch is a competitive team sport involving several people and 2 or more jump ropes. Nicole's mom, Martha Hines brought Double Dutch back to Nyack. Nicole was best at speed in her Double Dutch experience under the coaching of Edie Forman.
Double Dutch may have been what brought her to Nyack Center but, the mission and love for community is what kept her here. "I love the mission, I love the families we serve. I have a passion for helping others." says Nicole. She credits her beloved Grandmother, Bea Mickle for instilling that passion. Bea, a hero in her own right, fostered over 80 children and adopted 8 children in addition to her 4 biological ones.
"I just get a good feeling from helping" says Nicole when sharing some stories about young people she has worked with. One young woman she helped by taking her into her home when she had no place to live. Nicole feels connected to young people., "I can relate to young people having a hard time. I want to be here for them. I offer them guidance, an ear, my home, my car or a meal.
When asked about the future of Nyack Center, Nicole said, "I would love to see Nyack Center add a gym. A gym would provide more options and a safe place for kids, teens and young adults to play basketball."
Nicole is one of our heroes and like her grandmother Bea before her makes a difference in the lives of children, teens and adults in our community. Nicole summed it up by saying, "My time at Nyack Center has influenced me to be the person I am today. I am able to let my heart shine through Nyack Center." Lucky Nyack Center, Lucky Nyack!
Nyack Center staff & community members will be submitting posts following this year's theme, "We can be heroes"... We can all be heroes and make a difference in our world!...#nyackcenter
Honor our heroes Jen Hatch & Sue Smith and Annie Hekker Weiss & Paul Weiss at our Legacy Gala on Saturday Nov 4, 2017! Support our children and programs by becoming a sponsor, purchasing a celebratory ad in honor of our incredible honorerees and/or purchase your tickets to this yearly extravaganza before its SOLD OUT!
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A Summer Soiree...Join us by the river August 24
He always dreamed of coming to the U.S. 20 years ago Didier Dumas did just that. Some 11 years ago he fulfilled another dream and opened his amazing patisserie in Nyack. His pastry and cooking are beautiful confections created in his kitchens with staff he treats like family.
Didier says, "I always knew I wanted to be a baker." He describes how as a young boy he spent summers at his Grandparents farm in Provence. His Grandmother and Aunt were legendary cooks and bakers who taught him to make sponge cake, eclairs and patachoux.
Back home in Marseille, not much for school, Didier began a pre-apprenticeship at 13 washing dishes and learning to make cookies and cream puffs. At 16 he was a full apprentice up a 4am, baking and learning his craft from his mentor Pierre Zeppini. From Pierre, he learned the importance of loving your work and to respect the customers and the job.
"I would go to the bakery after school, look in the window always fascinated, dreaming of decorating and creating beautiful pastry." Now he finds pleasure in simple baking- croissants, creating a new recipes and teaching.
Didier remembers the joy of realizing he could bake and "do it with my hands, make it myself with my hands." Now he wants to share that joy by teaching children how to create with their hands.
Didier and an amazing committee led by Una Baker have created an event, A Summer Soiree, to benefit our children's cooking program. It will be a sunset garden party at a private residence on the river sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Indulge in a delicious tapas style menu created by Didier and friends like Chefs from Alain's Bistro, Communal Kitchen, Didier Dumas, 8 North Broadway and Roost. Wines will be provided by D'vine-The Grape D'Vine & Salud Wine Bar. Live jazz by Ray LeVier and Friends. Tickets are $100 per person and available below.-Sorry friends event sold out
Camp Nyack 2017
M-F 8:30-3 PM
We are all ready for another fun summer of activities and we hope you and your campers are too.
We will swim (weather permitting) most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure you send a bathing suit and towel with your camper on these days. These items should be in a backpack with your camper.
The following items should NOT come to camp: toys, iPods, handheld computer games, silly bands, and cell phones. Camp Nyack cannot be responsible for these items.
Daily drop off is 8:30 am and pick up is 3:00 pm. Please be punctual, breakfast will not be served after 9:00 am.
All payments should be made at Nyack Center. Nyack Center’s Summer Office hours are 10 am – 3:00 pm. 845-358-2600
Camp Nyack will be held at Liberty Elementary School this year.
Should you need to contact us during the day, please call Camp Director Nicole Hines at 845-538-2278.
Thank you for choosing Camp Nyack,
Camp Nyack Director
Giving Tuesday and Thanksgiving are just around the corner so our blog in the next week will be giving thanks! Our hearts are full of the love our community shared with Nyack Center at our Legacy Gala! It was a wonderful evening honoring Donna Cox, Susan Wilmink and Thomas Schneck to benefit our beloved Nyack Center! Thank you to Steve Canal and family, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Docuware, Christopher St. Financial, and R2M Realty and all our sponsors, Festoon and Kristina Burns, our amazing board, staff and community of support. It was our most successful gala to date!
Read all about our Gala at http://www.lohud.com/story/life/2016/11/01/nyack-gala-promotes-community-prince-tribute/92903552/
Click here to see photos from our Legacy Gala 2016
One of the wonderful things that happened at our Legacy Gala was the presentation of the first annual Jo and Peter Baer "I made a difference" Legacy Scholarship. The award is meant to aknowledge and inspire young people to follow in the footsteps of our wonderful supporters Jo and Peter Baer. The award was created by and presented by Kelly Baer Mayhew and her sister Barbara Baer to Shantel Sellers. For more information go to our website www.nyackcenter.org
We are so grateful to everyone who made our Legacy Gala such a success. A special thank you to our corporate sponsors! Steve Canal and Family, Sixty5on Main, ASCAPE, Superior Waste and Carting, Bethany Bell & Amir Landsman, Rand Realty Better Homes and Gardens, Brickhouse, Caxia Geral de Depositos, Docuware, Festoon, Girls Gone Green, K-Force, Orange Bank & Trust, Think Tank, Jennifer and Jeremy Patuto, Planet Wings, Procida, Orange & Rockland, R2M Realty, Tallman Beach and Pool Club, Christopher Street Financial. We could not have done it without you!
Our heartfelt thank you to our Legacy Gala Co-Chairs-Tracie McLee and Noemi Radziemski along with Legacy Planning Committee-Alex Cabraie, Kim Cross, Kenyatta Jones-Arietta, Denise Lipson, Glenn Meyerson, Jennifer Smith, Jane Smith, Venita Whidbee-Jordan, Esq., Lori Zawel
and our Honorary Committee-Mary & Paul Adler, Elizabeth Chapman & William Munn, Hon. Harriet Cornell, Jen Hatch & Sue Smith, Victoria Hertz & Rod Greenwood, Hon. Terry Hekker, Chris & Bert Hughes, Hon. Ellen Jaffee, Sakina Jaffrey & Francis Wilkinson, Julie Kassel & Steve Cea, Leonard Kurz, Rebecca & Peter Lang, Martha Roth & Bill Irwin, Billy Procida, Linie Chang Rand & Joe Rand, Kathy & Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Sally & Roger Seiler, Kara Sheridan & Elliott Forrest, Hon. Jen Laird White & Richard White. Last but, not least our amazing staff lead by Nicole Hines and Shelly Pitt.
Today is the day, Nov. 5th our Legacy Gala! Thank you all for your volunteering, donations generous auction items and work to make this a fantastic night! There is lots in store-Purple festooned room, violette precipitation cocktails, amazing live and silent auction items, live music, and after party with DJ! We will have a special guest appearance of the “artist formerly known as” and a special presentation by our honorees.
Check out the wonderful article by Karen Roberts on the event-
#nyackcenter #legacygala #purple rain #everychildmatters #community
Nyack Center's Legacy Gala is this Sat. Nov. 5 honoring Donna Cox, Susan Wilmink & Thomas Schneck. A fabulous evening of live music, delicious food, decor by Festoon, live and silent auction, auctioneer extrordinaire Ned Kelly, desserts by Nyack's favorite french patisserie Didier Dumas all to benefit Nyack Center.
Dont' delay... we have been sold out the last 2 years!
go to www.nyackcenter.org to purchase tickets
#nyackcenter #legacygala #community
To see recent article in the Journal News about the event, Nyack Center's mission and Make a Difference Scholarship go to-
Live Auction Highlights
Nyack Center staff & community members submit posts highlighting our community.