Josh Schneps, Charles Evdos (Exec. Director, RISE Life Services), Geraldo Rivera, and Victoria Schneps

Life’s WORC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides services for children with special needs and those on the autism spectrum, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala honoring its founder Victoria Schneps and Emmy award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera at the Garden City Hotel on April 1.

It was Rivera’s passionate coverage in the early 1970s that activated the closing of the Willowbrook State School and ultimately led to the development of group homes and day programs in the community. Montauk’s Bill O’Reilly gave the keynote speech. More than 400 guests in attendance came from Manhattan to Montauk, the boroughs of New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island to support the event.

Photography by Ed Shin and Marc S. Klein

Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly
Bill O’Reilly (keynote speakers) and Geraldo Rivera (honoree) podium greeting
Jacquelyn Destasio (Executive Assistant, Schneps Media), Victoria Schneps, and Brienne Doskoez (Executive Publisher, Schneps Media)
Matthew Sebato, Acting Executive Director of Life’s WORC
John Buran (President, CEO of Flushing Financial Corp) and Denise Buran (Branch Manager of HSBC)
Geraldo Rivera, Life’s WORC honoree
Geraldo Rivera’s daughter, Solita Liliana, Rivera, giving a heartfelt speech
Lynn Koufakis (Board Chair, Life’s WORC), Victoria Schneps, and Angelo Angerane (CEO, Hudson Regional Pharmacy)
Geraldo Rivera and Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman
Erica Michelle Levy, Solita Liliana Rivera, Geraldo Rivera, and Bill O’Reilly
Elizabeth Aloni and Dino Diiorio
Josh Schneps, Victoria Schneps, and Tracey Wells-Schneps
Geraldo Rivera, Joan MacNaughton (Associate Publisher, Dan’s Papers), and Craig Rivera
Bill O’Reilly, keynote speaker
Ron Aghassi (Treasurer of Life’s WORC Board), Michael Billia (SVP, Investors Bank), and Victoria Schneps
Tina Moreno (Dir. of Development at Life’s WORC)
Dr. Liat Jarkon, Kevin O’Connor (CEO, Dime Bank), Joan MacNaughton (Associate Publisher Dan’s Papers), and Terrie Magro (Founder of Michael Magro Foundation)
Catherine Canadeo and Ernie Canadeo (CEO, EGC Group)
Peter Spalding, Ali Jabbour (Group Publisher, Dan’s Papers and Long Island Press), Victoria Schneps (President, Schneps Media), and Bill O’Reilly
Victoria Schneps, Founder of Life’s WORC, President of Schneps Media
Dr. Harvey Manes (Manes American Peace Prize Foundation) and Victoria Schneps

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