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)