Pelham Civics Continue Tradition of Selling Fundraising Raffles

Tradition means a lot to the members of the Pelham Civic Association. As has been the organization’s legacy for the past 80 years, you’ll find Pelham Civic members selling raffle tickets throughout the Town, raising funds to fuel their award-winning programs that assist the youth, the elderly, the financially needy and the mentally and physically challenged. 

Spearheaded by Pelham Civic Raffle Chairman Bryan Diffley, raffle tables are set up at DeCicco & Sons in Pelham, and at Dunkin’ or Lenny’s in Pelham Manor 

Once again, they’ll be giving away fabulous prizes, including: 

  • a $10,000 cash grand prize! 

  • $1000 cash prize

  • Flat Screen TV donated by Tiso Appliances

  • $500 Gas Card donated by Bencivengo Gulf Station

  • Golf Outing 4-some donated by the Pelham Country Club

  • $500 in Dining donated by Pelham restaurants Café Regatta, Cantina Lobos, La Fontanella, Rockwell’s and Sergio’s. 

And as a reminder, ALL of the money raised goes into the Civics’ programs, projects, and events that assist the families and individuals of our community!

The fundraising season concludes on Friday, November 8th, 2019 when the Pelham Civics will be hosting their Annual Dinner Dance Gala at The Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle… a fabulous venue for a fun and exciting time, honoring Persons of the Year, humanitarians Dr. Anne Frost (Founder of Project Community) and the Honorable Peter DiPaola (longtime charitable volunteer and government leader). Civic Dinner Dance Chairman Mike Recca reminds us that the tickets to this event are going rather fast, so to take advantage of an early-bird-special of $150 per person vs $175, purchase tickets before October 17th.

Pelham Civics & PMHS Guidance Department Present Successful Career Workshop on “The Business of Politics”

Pelham Civics & PMHS Guidance Department Present Successful Career Workshop on “The Business of Politics”

“It was ‘politics aside’ as the panelists displayed a spirit of camaraderie, focusing solely on the students. They provided the well-attended workshop with numerous ways to get involved… and even encouraged them to run for office. It was also clearly explained to the students that once the elections are over the real task at hand is actually governing.”

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Pelham Civics Celebrates 30 Years of Summer Olympics!

Pelham Civics Celebrates 30 Years of Summer Olympics!

In the true sense of the "Olympic Spirit" the Pelham Civic Association hosted its 30th Summer Olympics Day on Saturday June 3rd at Glover Field In Pelham. A huge turnout from Kindergarten through the 5th Grade flocked the entire field and participated in organized fun activities and competitive events, with exuberant camaraderie and friendship, all supervised by the Pelham Civic Summer Olympics Committee and its volunteers.

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Expert panelists, from left to right: John Reda, Physical Therapist, Mian Catalano, Registered Dietician,,Shiranda Rhodes, Surgical Physician’s Assistant and ER Physician, Michael Lahn, MD.  Photo by Deborah Karson

Expert panelists, from left to right: John Reda, Physical Therapist, Mian Catalano, Registered Dietician,,Shiranda Rhodes, Surgical Physician’s Assistant and ER Physician, Michael Lahn, MD.  Photo by Deborah Karson


 by Joe Nunziata      

(APRIL 19, 2017 - PELHAM, NY) Once again, PMHS students filled Alumni Hall for a Career Workshop on Wednesday morning April 19th to learn about the job and career pathways in the Healthcare industry. The panel of medical experts from Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville (part of New York-Presbyterian) volunteered for the morning seminar with just the right dose of knowledge and direction. Included were: John Reda, Physical Therapist, Mian Catalano, Registered Dietician, Shiranda Rhodes, Surgical Physician’s Assistant and Emergency Room Physician, Michael Lahn, MD.

It was all part of the Pelham Civic Association’s & Pelham Memorial High School Guidance Department’s Career Workshop Program. According to Pelham Civic Association Program Chairman Michael Clain, “There was a huge amount of valuable information provided to the students. They were introduced to pathways that would lead them to jobs and careers in the ever-growing healthcare industry, including education requirements and work experience. We cannot thank the panelists enough for volunteering their time and expertise to this morning’s successful workshop.” 

The purpose of these interactive workshops is to provide students with a glimpse of the broad range of careers available, hopefully encouraging them to consider a future in those fields.



(PELHAM – MAY 12, 2016) When Joy Dechiario, President of the Pelham Women’s Club heard and read about the success of the Pelham Civic Association’s Help a Child/Change a Life student initiative, she and her organization knew that this is a program that merited support, and donated $1000 at the Pelham Civics Membership Meeting on May 11 th . “For years, the Pelham Civics have been assisting individuals and families in need throughout our community. Their Help a Child/Change a Life program gives students who cannot afford the extra tutoring and supplies the kind of help that really makes a difference. This is something that the Pelham Women’s Club stands behind and supports, and we urge others to support them as well.” Ken Shirreffs, President of the Pelham Civics, added “We are extremely grateful for the continued support the Pelham Women’s Club has been providing the Civics. They are an organization that helps make Pelham a very special community.” Founded in 1950, the Pelham Women’s Club is a volunteer social and charitable organization that holds meetings every third Thursday of the month at the Daronco Town House. They provide its over 60 members with educational and entertaining events, workshops and seminars; annually presents three significant scholarship awards to PMHS senior students; and supports charitable causes throughout Pelham. For more information about the Pelham Women’s Club, please contact Co-Presidents Joy Dechiario

(914-803- 0057) or Lynn Nardone (914-738- 2103).


Pelham Civic President Ken Shirreffs, Pelham Women’s Club Co-President Joy Dechiario, Loretta Barsanti, Louise Pedretti, Ida Petro, and Pelham Civic Help a Child /Change a Life Chairman Rich Davidian. (Not in photo: Pelham Women’s Club Co-President Lynn Nardone)

Pelham Civic Association Gala to Honor Anthony & Jeanette Senerchia and Ken Shirreffs as “Persons of the Year” on October 30th


(August 16, 2015 – Pelham, NY) The date is Friday October 30, 2015.  mark it down on your  calendar … enter it into your i-phone … put it on your refrigerator… and wear your dancing shoes because the Pelham Civic Association will be hosting their 76th Annual Dinner Dance Gala and Las Vegas Night! 

The place: The Fountainhead, in New Rochelle. A fabulous venue for a terrific, fun and exciting time that is set out to be Pelham’s “social highlight of the year!”

 It’s when the Pelham Civic Association - one of Westchester County’s most active, volunteer charitable organizations, assisting the youth, the elderly, the financially needy and the physically and mentally challenged - will proudly honor its 2015 Persons of the Year Jeanette & Anthony Senerchia and Kenneth Shirreffs.

Jeanette & Anthony Senerchia have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of ALS and were directly responsible for the world-renowned “Ice Bucket Challenge”, which to date, has raised over $220 million for ALS Research. In addition, they established The Anthony Senerchia Jr. Charitable Foundation  - a non-profit foundation dedicated to assisting underprivileged families suffering from ALS. 

Ken Shirreffs is a long-time member of the Pelham Civic Association, a Pelham Civics Board of Director, and one of the most successful Chairmen of the Civics’ Needy Cases/Good Neighbor Program. In addition to his active volunteerism nationally and globally, Ken has elevated our local fundraising to a record-breaking level - particularly through the Pelham Civics’ Benefit Golf Outing. Ken’s exemplary efforts have enabled these significant programs to expand and help countless individuals and families in need. He is also a member of the Village of Pelham Zoning Board of Appeals. 

In addition to the heartfelt evening of honoring such remarkable people, the evening will include hours of fun and excitement, with a Las Vegas Night component added on! It’s where you can play exciting games, including blackjack, three-card poker, roulette and craps…Dance the night away to both a DJ and a live band, The Stellar Wolfs… Participate in both live & silent auctions… Win fabulous raffle prizes, including a $10,000 Grand Prize… Enjoy a cocktail hour, three-course dinner and top-shelf open bar… and more!!!

Joe Nunziata, longtime office of the Pelham Civics, added, “The Senerchias and the Shirreffs are remarkable families. They are selfless, gracious, and always willing to roll up their sleeves and contribute whenever and wherever there is someone in need. They are truly exemplary of what the community of Pelham and the Pelham Civics stand for. We are profoundly proud to present them with our most prestigious award.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Pelham Civic Dinner Dance Chairman Steven Shekane at 212-249-2745, or

Jeanette, Anthony & Taya Senerchia (Photo by Deborah Karson)

Jeanette, Anthony & Taya Senerchia (Photo by Deborah Karson)

Kenneth & Donna Shirreffs, and Jon & Shanna Shirreffs (Photo by Domenica Comfort Photographs)

Kenneth & Donna Shirreffs, and Jon & Shanna Shirreffs (Photo by Domenica Comfort Photographs)