That’s Jon and Stacy Zauderer of Roslyn joined by their family members (left to right): Ethan, Justin, Dani Nicole, Alyssa, and Alex. The Zauderer’s were recognized as the “Model Family of the Year” for Life’s WORC/FCA. Their son, Matthew, receives care from Life’s WORC. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The Garden City Hotel grand ballroom was packed as many contributors from communities throughout Long Island and as far away as Manhattan supported the Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism Annual Gala on Nov. 7.
Launched by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, president of Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press, with help from broadcast journalist icon Geraldo Rivera, this community provides a variety of services to some 2,500 people with developmental disabilities and autism through a staff of about 1,000 employees.
William E. “Bill” Brown, Chief Retail Officer of Investors Bank, was recognized as the 2019 Corporate Honoree. The Zauderer Family of Roslyn was recognized as the 2019 Model Family. Rick Del Mastro, recently retiring after many years as the Life’s WORC/FCA Board Chairman, was presented with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Upon receiving their awards, each of the honored guests spoke with a passion about the importance and meaning of this organization in their lives.