Recap: 2014 Pelham Golf Outing

The Pelham Civic Association, December 2014 –

The Pelham Civic Association held its 25th Annual Benefit Golf Outing this year at the Pelham Golf Club. The event once again raised funds for the “Needy Cases/Good Neighbor” program of the Pelham Civics. Tim Case chaired the golf event committee, which also included Mike Ming, Chris Reim, Pete Potocki and Harry Wasilchak.

Pelham Civics Donate Thanksgiving Dinners to 112 Families in the Pelhams

Article originally published in the December 5, 2014 edition of The Pelham Weekly 

A total of 112 families in the Pelhams, representing more than 400 people, received Thanksgiving food baskets filled with turkeys, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, holiday pies, apple cider and more from the Pelham Civic Association, with the help of DeCicco & Sons.

2014 Pelham Civic Raffle Winners

November 12, 2014

Here are the winners of the Pelham Civic Association annual raffle.

Grand Prize: $10,000.00 Cash

Winner: Dominic Broccoli #0046

Five Dollar Raffle Prizes:

1st Prize: 1,000.00 Cash

Winner: Virginia Hartmere #1001

2nd Prize: Golf Outing Foursome

at Pelham Country Club

Winner: Tom Shirreffs #0747

3rd Prize: $500.00 Gulf Gas Giftcard

Donated by Paul’s Pelham Gulf Station

Winner: Sam Conca #3003

4th Prize: $500.00 Dining in Pelham Giftcards

La Fontanella, Bistro Rollins, Rockwell’s Villaggio Ristorante, B&B’s Fifth Avenue Pub.

Winner: Germaine Rosa #6745

5th Prize: Flat Screen 39″ Color Television

Donated by Peter at Tiso Appliance

Winner: Tom Lavin #6839

Pelham Civic Association and PMHS Sophomore Career Awareness Da

Article originally published in the March 21, 2014 edition of The Pelham Weekly 

The Pelham Civic Association’s 25 year tradition of sponsoring Sophomore Career Awareness Day with the PMHS Guidance Department continued on Wednesday, March 12 with community members volunteering to participate in “career clusters” conversing with sophomore students.

Help a Child, Change a Life Initiative in the Press

The Help a Child, Change a Life® Student Development Initiative is our newest program that we are extremely excited about. It focuses on the developmental needs of young children in their formative years…needs which are nourished through access to life altering possibilities and opportunities considered unobtainable by children and young adults who live in households of limited means.

Here are four recent articles from The Pelham Weekly about Help a Child, Change a Life:

2013 Pelham Civic Association Persons of the Year and their Families

Article originally published in the October 11, 2013 edition of The Pelham Weekly 

For the first time in the 75-year history of the Pelham Civic Association, three outstanding volunteers—all from Pelham—Missy Palmisciano, Joe Ruggiero, and Joe Solimine Sr.–will be honored at its annual dinner dance with “Person of the Year” awards. The Gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Fountainhead in New Rochelle.

Dinner Dance Gala Press in the Pelham Weekly

Article originally published in the October 4, 2013 edition of The Pelham Weekly 

Tickets Limited to 400 for Pelham Civics Gala Honoring Palmisciano, Ruggiero and Solimine

For the first time in the 75-year history of the Pelham Civic Association, three outstanding volunteers—all from Pelham—Missy Palmisciano, Joe Ruggiero, and Joe Solimine Sr.–will be honored at its annual dinner dance with “Person of the Year” awards. The Gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Fountainhead in New Rochelle.

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Pelham Civics Launch Fundraising Raffle Drive: Grand Prize $10,000!

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013- PELHAM, NY) – Autumn is in the air in Pelham and that could only mean one thing: The Pelham Civic Association is out there selling raffles to fuel its many community programs that assist the youth, the elderly, the needy and physically and mentally challenged.

On Saturdays and Sundays until their annual Dinner Dance Gala on October 25th, you can support the Civics fundraiser by purchasing a raffle in the front and in the back of DeCicco’s Market on Fifth Avenue, and also at the Dunkin Donuts at Four Corners in Pelham Manor.

The $100 raffle offers a grand prize of $10,000. With the $5 raffle you can win $1000 cash, a $500 Gulf Gas card donated by Civic member Paul Bencivengo II, a flat screen color TV donated by Peter Camardella of TISO’s, dining donated by La Fontanella, Bistro Rollin, Rockwells, Villaggio and B&B 5th avenue Pub, plus, a golf outing foursome donated by The Pelham Country Club.

The drawing (no need to be present) will be at the Civics’ Gala on Friday October 25 at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle, where they will honor the Persons of the Year: Missy Palmisciano, Joe Ruggiero and Joe Solimine. For more information, contact Pelham Civic Association Dinner Dance Chairman Ed Maher at 914-813-3279. 

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Recap: 2013 Pelham Golf Outing

The Pelham Civic Association – The Pelham Civic Association held its 24th Annual Benefit Golf Outing this year at the Pelham Golf Club. The event once again raised funds for the “Needy Cases/Good Neighbor” program of the Pelham Civics. Tim Case chaired the golf event committee, which also included Pete Potocki, Mike Volpe and Harry Wasilchak. This year the event included the inaugural “Dom & MaryLou Monno Closest to the Pin Contest” in honor of the Monno’s 20 years of volunteering for the Outing.

Underwriters: $2000 to $3000: ASK Contracting Corp., C&B Plumbing,Rockspring Group Special Events Underwriters $500 to $1000: Clifton, Budd & DeMaria, Meridian Risk Management/Joan Solimine Real Estate, M.D.T. Tire Co., T.F. Nugent, Island Sprinkler, The Tony Camardella Family, Homeowners Electric, Tiso Appliance Corporate Sponsor $250: Pelham PBA, Westchester Collision, Pelham Funeral Home, The Martell Family, John & Elizabeth Pacia DDS, Edo’s Restaurant, SCS Contracting, The Foresters Club of New Rochelle, TD Bank, In Memory Of Sal Candido, The Carfora Family, Cornell Carpet, Symmetry Physical Fitness, Dominica Comfort Photographs Tee Sponsors $100: The McKeveny Family, The Ruffino Family, The Wasilchak Family, The Schirone Family, The Benefico Family, The McLaughlin Family, The Cherico Family, Shom Battacharya, Knights Of Columbus Pelham Council #4413, Pelham Heights Service, Metro-Chem Volunteers: Marissa Volpe, Meghan McDonough, Liz Potocki, Katie L’Herminier, Joanne Case, Joe Schirone, Donna Sherriffs, Eleanor Colicchio, Loretta Barsanti, Tony Barsanti, Pat Szymanski, Fred Battaglia, Sam Battaglia, Tim Curry, Phil Carfora, Joe Nunziata Prizes and Gifts: Donna and Ken Shirreffs, Ball Chain Mfg., Joe Solimine, Joe Benefico, Tiso Appliance, TD Bank, Pat Smith, Larry Goldstein, John Moore

Beverages: Jeff Lysaght and Ed Fabiani

And this is just the beginning… The monies raised at the Golf Outing go directly to the Needy Cases/Good Neighbor Fund of the Pelham Civic Association. The Civic Association also raises funds in September and October to support its Summer Olympics, Scholarship Fund Career Day, Senior Citizen Events, the Mentally & Physically Challenged, and many other community programs, projects, organizations and events. The fundraising season culminates at its Annual Dinner Dance, on Oct. 25, 2013 at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle. At this time, The Pelham Civic Association will present Missy Palmisciano, Joe Ruggiero and Joe Solimine with the Persons of the Year honors. For an invitation, contact Ed Maher at 914-813-3279.

PMS 2013 Senior Awards!

Left to right: Erika Rosell received the Joseph L. Nunziata for Creativity and Service Award and the Vincent Lopardi Award; Michelle Lapadula received the Philip J. Colicchio Award; Brett Bell received the Honorable Richard J. Daronco Award and Tylar Rodriguez received the Camillo D’Urso Award. Presenters in the back row, left to right: Civics Scholarship Chair Dr. John Pacia, Joe Nunziata, Civics President Joe Benefico, Paul Daronco, Mark D’Urso.

Joe Solimine Weekend a big success!

When the Pelham Civic Association promoted this past weekend -  April 13 & 14 – as  “Joe Solimine Weekend” we had no idea of how tremendous the support would be from the entire Town of Pelham for Joe and his family in his fight against Leukemia, and his mission to raise awareness of this insidious blood disease:

  • Joe & his family and a band of volunteers – and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  (LLS) – accommodated 565 successful “swabs” (potential bone marrow donors) at the “Swab for Snooks” swabbing event at the Pelham Country Club.
  • The Town of Pelham presented Joe with an Official Resolution, declaring April 13 and April14 as “Joe Solimine Weekend” in the Town of Pelham.
  • The Pelham Board of Education and Pelham Recreation named the varsity diamond at the Glover Field complex “Joe Solimine Field”.
  • The Pelham Little League honored Joe as the 2013 Grand Marshall of their Parade as he proudly walked down 5th Avenue handing out his baseball cards with information on how to donate to “Team Snooks” and the LLS.
  • The Picture House presented Joe as their host as he gave a speech on baseball to the kids and their parents before the showing of a baseball movie.
  • And the Pelham Civics’ two-day raffle at DeCiccos raised $13,410.00 for our brother Joe and his Team Snooks Leukemia & Lymphoma Society account.

So if anybody knows how to say “thank you” to a selfless volunteer who relentlessly works hard for the individuals and families of his community, it’s Pelham.

But remember, that while this weekend may be over, the fund raising job of Joe and his family continues. So for those who haven’t done so already, please go online and donate or call 888-557-7177 and mention “Team Snooks” – Joe’s official LLS account.

And “Tell ‘em you’re from Pelham!”

Pelham Civics’ Persons of the Year— John Calvelli and Joe DelVecchio

June 22, 2012

The Pelham Civic Association’s Person of the Year honorees for 2012 are John Calvelli and Joseph DelVecchio—exemplary individuals who are recognized because their leadership and achievements help improve the quality of life of the youth, the elderly, the financially needy, and the physically and mentally challenged in the community. A gala Dinner Dance will be held in their honor on Friday, Oct. 26 at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle.

John Calvelli 

John Calvelli 

Joe DelVecchio

Joe DelVecchio

John Calvelli has been an active member of the Pelham community since moving here in 1994. Most recently he became Chair of The Picture House Board of Directors, the group working to offer a regional and distinct alternative to commercial movie theaters by providing dynamic film and education programs.



Joe DelVecchio is retiring this June as Athletic Director of the Pelham School District. He has served 22 years as AD and before that was a physical education teacher and baseball coach in Pelham.Mr. DelVecchio, as Athletic Director of Pelham schools, has greatly enhanced the overall athletic program of the District by adding 13 new teams during his tenure. This improved the participation rate of students in sports to an amazing 60%. Through his diligence and hard work, he solidified a strong relationship between the Pelham Athletics program and the entire community. Because of his efforts, more individuals and families became involved in helping refurbish and build new fields and courts.


DeCicco Family Markets Plays Large Role In Civics’ Holiday Program

Left to right: Pelham Civic President Joe Benefico, Civic Good Neighbor Committee member Tim Curry, John DeCicco Sr., and Civic Good Neighbor Committee Chairman Rich Davidian

Left to right: Pelham Civic President Joe Benefico, Civic Good Neighbor Committee member Tim Curry, John DeCicco Sr., and Civic Good Neighbor Committee Chairman Rich Davidian

December 21, 2012

Since 1989, Civic Member John DeCicco Sr. of DeCicco Family Markets and his staff have been helping fill food baskets with turkeys and vegetables and cider and pies, and then delivering them to local families in time for Thanksgiving….and then again for Christmas as part of the Civics’ Good Neighbors Program.

“This was the beginning of a wonderful tradition that still exists to this day,” said Rich Davidian, current chairman of the program. “At last count, the Civics purchased 95 Thanksgiving baskets that were prepared and delivered by the DeCicco’s, who are ready to add another 95 Christmas baskets to those families in need.”

Pelham Civic President Joe Benefico added: “It’s remarkable what John and his staff continue to do to help us mobilize this part of our Good Neighbors program. He and his staff provide us with tremendous discounts and they set up a production operation for two straight days downstairs assembling the baskets…and then deliver each and every basket, helping provide a happier Thanksgiving and Christmas that feeds over 700 individuals.”

Tim Curry, who oversees the holiday gift-giving sector of the program, added “The DeCicco Family is always there for the Civics and for Pelham. Always.” It was no surprise that in 2002, John DeCicco Sr. was honored with the Pelham Civics’ prestigious Man of the Year Award. He and his family continue to be examples of what community support, compassion and care are all about

“Help A Child, Change a Life” Donations of Any Size Welcome

December 21, 2012

“I will buy 10 computers,” “I will buy one computer,” “Here is $5,” “Just use this money for tutoring or whatever will help”—these are the messages with just a few of the donations coming in to the “Help a Child, Change a Life” campaign of the Pelham Civic Association.

“We will take any amount and we will spend what donations we bring in,” said Civics Good Neighbor Chairman Richard Davidian, who came up with the idea for the program to assist Pelham students who cannot afford tutoring, SAT prep courses and computers.

“We understand the importance of all children having early exposure to a variety of learning and social support activities to enhance their academic, emotional and physical development as well as build greater self confidence and self esteem,” Mr. Davidian said. “Unfortuntaley, access to these types of experiences are viewed as out of reach because of monetary considerations in some cases and this program seeks to answer these.”

Donors to “Help a Child, Change a Life” are responding to a direct mail effort and in-store posters that complement a print advertising campaign to raise funds to support the program. Featured in the print ads are former Middle School Principal Joe Longobardi, former Board of Education President Nancy Fisher and Pelham Civics President Joseph Benefico. The Pelham Civics is spending $15,000 in seed money as a committment to the program.

At the same time, the Civics is reaching out to other local organizations to join in fundraising and is also seeking grants to fund the program.

Fundraising for “Help a Child, Change a Life” will be year round but

it will not impose on any other program supported by the Civics, such as holiday food baskets and gifts for the needy, the Summer Olympics for youngsters and programs for senior citizens.

The process for distributing computers, tutoring services and the like to students will be through the schools— elementary, middle school and high school. Music lessons, rental of musical instruments, foreign language support may also be offered.

Confidentiality of the student and his/her family will be honored. Members of the Civics will not have their names, just a profile of the need. Any funds involved will go to the program, not to the family or student.

“The focus will be to help ‘economically challenged’ students,” Mr. Davidian said. He said their families could have marital problems, health problems, employment problems—short term or longer term.

Mr. Davidian said there is no specific goal for “Help a Child, Change a Life” although he said “the response fromschools is that there is a large population has the need.”

In discussing the amount of funds needed, he noted the cost of computers, SAT prep courses, tutoring and the like can range $2,000-$3,000 each. He said some students also cannot afford college application fees or college visits.

For more information, contact Mr. Davidian at 914-552-0872 or visit To make a contribution, checks payable to Friends of the Pelham Civic Association may be mailed to The Pelham Civics, PO Box 8184, Pelham, NY 10803. The Pelham Civic Association is a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

Pelham Civic Association Purchases Gifts for Children in the Community

Pelham Civics volunteers, members, families, and friends, wrapped and then delivered gifts for children in the community

Pelham Civics volunteers, members, families, and friends, wrapped and then delivered gifts for children in the community

The Pelham Civic Association not only distributes more than 160 large food baskets to families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but also gifts to the children.

Pelham Civic member Tim Curry said, “The members purchase, wrap and deliver presents to over 150 kids—ranging from ages 3 to 16— in plenty of time for Christmas.”

On Dec. 8, more than 80 members, families and friends of the Pelham Civics participated in its annual gift-wrapping event at the Richard J. Daronco Town House in Pelham.

Phil Carfora, Pelham Civics VP of Fundraising, added, “We fundraise, basically, throughout the entire year to fuel our many community programs, projects, and events with tremendous support from the entire Pelham community. Our Benefit Golf Outing every June helps provide those extra funds to meet the growing demands of families and individuals in need.”

Pelham Civics President Joe Benefico, whose grandfather and father also served as President of the 75 year-old volunteer charitable organization, continued, “Yes, we have many traditions

that we’re proud of. Our organization is growing, and so are the needs. Our promise to the Pelham community is that we will continue to work hard to meet them.”

Ever evolving with new community initiatives, the Civics recently launched an innovative program— “Help a Child, Change a Life.” It is spearheaded by Rich Davidian, Chairman of the Pelham Civics Good Neighbors Committee, who said, “The objective is to assist needy Pelham students with computers, tutoring, SAT prep courses, and other basic developmental opportunities that they just are unable to

afford. We’re confident that our community will sustain their tremendous support and generosity…particularly through this holiday season.”

This could be a perfect time to make a donation to the Pelham Civics and its many community programs because it is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax de-ductible to the full extent of IRS guidelines. For more information, visit the web site at