Four Exemplary Community Volunteers Honored at Scarsdale Bowl 2022 Reimagined

Four Exemplary Community Volunteers Honored at Scarsdale Bowl 2022 Reimagined

Everything old was new again at the Scarsdale Bowl dinner party on April 28, 2022 when the event was reimagined after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

It was a night of firsts for the Scarsdale Bowl dinner – the first time three years of winners had been celebrated together, the first time the event had been held outdoors, the first time toasts had been given on video and the first time it was moved to a new place of purchase.

The sold-out crowd of 271 attendees were ready to celebrate four deserving volunteers in an elegant setting. Although the event was originally planned to be totally outdoors, due to high winds and chilly temperatures, cocktail hour was moved indoors before dinner was served in a large tent. heated. Attendees included past Bowl winners, the Bowl committee, members of the Scarsdale Foundation, former and current members of the school board and village council, village staff, village volunteers, estate agents and tables of friends and family of winners, BK Munguia and Jonathan Mark, Michelle Lichtenberg and Terry Singer.

Scarsdale Bowl committee chair Nancy Michaels had waited three years to host the dinner, originally scheduled for April 2020 and then repeatedly delayed. She greeted the room by asking the winners to rise, followed by their families, members of the Bowl Committee, past and present members of the Foundation, past Bowl winners, honor roll recipients, officials voters, the press and all the volunteers and supporters. In the end, the whole room was on their feet, giving each other a round of applause in recognition of all the volunteers who make Scarsdale a special place to live.

Discussing the qualities of the winners, she highlighted six characteristics they all share:

1. A sense of humor and an ability to laugh at yourselfBKandJonBK Munguia and Jonathan Mark
2. Diplomats, good communicators and consensus builders
3. Thoughtful, caring and inclusive
4. Ready to make mistakes, take risks and think outside the box
5. Prepared
6. For the community before themselves.

Rather than the traditional speeches from family and friends, this year professional videos were produced about each of the nominees, showcasing their contributions. With testimonials from family, friends, fellow volunteers and the Bowl winners themselves, the videos were heartwarming, informative and entertaining. Kudos to Jamie Spielman, Mark Bliss and Sarah Singer for their contributions to filming, producing and editing. Watch the videos here.

A video of some of the students who have benefited from college scholarships from the Scarsdale Foundation, which hosts the Scarsdale Bowl and raises money throughout the year to support community organizations, tuition for people in the need, but mainly for funds for Scarsdale students, was also shown. in their sophomore, middle and high school years. This year, the goal was to raise $150,000 to give to students in need.

Each of the Bowl winners had the chance to step onto the podium and receive the silver Scarsdale Bowl. The 2020 winners, BK Munguia, said: “If we have learned anything from the last two years of the global pandemic, it is the value of volunteers who offer a helping hand and we hope that this commitment to others will live on forever. in the village and town of Scarsdale. We thank our family for their love and support of all the Scarsdale projects that have engaged us, as well as all the friends we have made and who have volunteered alongside us over the years.

FrankandMichelleMichelle and Frank LichtenbergJon Mark added: “The mere existence of the annual Scarsdale Bowl award speaks volumes about what we value. The fact that one award, and one night per year, has been set aside to honor volunteers – every year for 79 years, even in the face of our global health crisis – supports my claim. Volunteering is a commitment to devote time, thought and energy to a community activity for the collective good. On a good day – and most of them are – volunteering helps us work towards common goals and unite as a community. Like any community, there are also less good days. But on those days, our commitment to each other and the understanding that we’re all in this together helps us get through them.

Michelle Lichtenberg, the 2021 winner, said, “It’s great to see long-time Foundation and Bowl supporters and first-timers. It’s exciting to see so many Scarsdale expats. I forgive you (for leaving). To play with the African proverb “it takes a whole village to raise a child”. it takes a village to do just about anything that is complicated, nuanced, and worth doing. “…When things seem to get out of hand in different parts of the country and the world, I feel lucky to come back to orient myself in our city. Granted, our little slice of Camelot has an occasional thunderstorm, but compared to other places, it’s just a storm in a kettle.

And 2021 winner Terry Singer said: “Coming together to celebrate our culture of volunteerism exemplifies what makes Scarsdale so distinctive. Throughout our village, many councils and commissions are doing remarkable work. The organizations that support our schools, our recreation, our governance and our well-being are all the fabric that makes Scarsdale exceptional. Everyone in this room is part of that spirit of volunteerism, and tonight we can celebrate the accomplishments of our entire community. Thank you all for your many contributions that make our Village so special.
SingerFamilyThe Singer Family

The new dinner format paid a festive and enjoyable tribute to four beloved residents of Scarsdale. The event was a triumph of flexibility and adaptability and a recognition that institutions must change with the times.

Scarsdale Bowl Committee
Committee Chair: Nancy Michaels
Class of 2022: Sergi Flaster, Michael Rosen, Svati Shashank, Scott Silberfein, Loretta Vickers, Han Zhou

Class of 2023: Becky Bach, Sara Farnsworth, Adam Hellegers, Eric Lichtenstein, Margot Milberg, Erika Rublin, Beverly Thornhill

Scarsdale Foundation Liaison: Jennifer Love

Non-voting: Michelle Lichtenberg, ex-officio, Abby Sroka, secretary/treasurer

To support the Scarsdale Foundation, click here to contribute to the 2022 Honor Roll in recognition of your favorite community volunteers.

Board of the Scarsdale Foundation: Michelle Lichtenberg President: Elyse Klayman, Suzanne Seiden, Marc Greenwald, Jennifer Love, Randy Guggenheimer, Tom Giordano, Anne Lyons, B. Kathleen Munguia

bowl committeeThe Scarsdale Bowl Committee

foundation1The Scarsdale Foundation

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