6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tappan Hill

Business or Cocktail Attire

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams


Sinforosa "Rose" Tan & William Kaung

Sinforosa “Rose” Tan &
William Kaung

Community Leadership Award

Dorry Swope

Philanthropy Award

County Executive George Latimer

Public Service Award

David Berry

Viking Voyager Alumni Award

 Celebrating the Launch of the 10th Anniversary Year of 

Dr. Belinda S. Miles

President, SUNY Westchester Community College




The Westchester Community College Foundation was established in 1969 to meet College and student needs that are not met by public funds. Thanks to community support, the Foundation annually provides $2 million to $3 million in programmatic support and nearly $3 million in scholarships for students seeking academic degrees and workforce professional credentials.

Your support of the Transforming Futures Together Gala helps the Foundation fulfill its mission to support the College and its students.

To hear the story of one of our scholarship recipients, please click video below.


(in formation)


Susan Yubas


Meryl Allison
Dr. Amy Ansehl
Jean Wood Chang
Betty Cotton
Lisa M. Denig, Esq.
André G. Early
Aleida Frederico
Dr. Marsha Gordon
Doug Greene
Peter Herrero
Wilson Kimball
Elyse Klayman
Joanne Landau
Patricia Lunka
Richard Martinelli
Matthew McCrosson
Linda Moser
Patricia K. Mulqueen
Wendy Nadel
Deborah Raizes
Michael Romita
Linda Ching Sledge
Cornelia Spring
Betsy M. Stern
Jeremy Sunshine
Ruth Suzman
Alice Tenney
Lucille S. Werlinich
Helen T. Williams
Sani Williams
Teresita Wisell
Susan Elion Wollin
Beth Zadek


Thomas Lee, M.D.

Cornelia Spring

Jennifer Gruenberg, Vice President
Elyse Klayman, Vice President
Susan Elion Wollin, Vice President
George Lindsay, Secretary
Robert Cordero, Treasurer

Barbara A. Abeles
Meryl A. Allison
Amy Ansehl
George E. Austin
David J. Berry
Benjamin Cheever
Sharon Farman Cooper, Esq.
Betty Cotton
John A. DeCicco
Lisa M. Denig
André G. Early
Aleida M. Frederico
Doug Greene
Dr. Kamil G. Hamaoui
Peter Herrero
Joyce A. Hirsch
Honorable Anne Janiak
Wilson Kimball, Esq.
Joanne Landau
Honorable George Latimer
Stephen Lowey
Patricia Lunka

Richard Martinelli
Matthew G. McCrosson
Philip J. McGrath
Dr. Belinda Miles
Dr. LeRoy W. Mitchell
Linda Moser
Wendy Nadel
Shirley Phillips
Yvonne Pollack
John W. Priesing
Deborah Raizes
Honorable Cecile D. Singer
Katherine Stipicevic
Evelyn Stock
Joshua H. Strauss
Jeremy Sunshine
Ruth Suzman
Lotus Taylor
Alice Tenney
Lucille S. Werlinich
Helen T. Williams
Sani Williams
Susan Yubas

Frank S. McCullough, Jr., Director Emeritus
Theodore L. Peluso, Director Emeritus
Harry Phillips, 3rd, Director Emeritus
Betsy M. Stern, Director Emeritus
Florence Sinsheimer, Honorary Director

Dolores Swirin-Yao, WCCF Executive Director


SUNY Westchester Community College provides over 20,000 full-time and part-time students with an education taught by award-winning faculty at one of the lowest tuition rates in New York State. The college offers over 65 degree and certificate programs, including innovative programs in such high-demand fields as Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Digital Filmmaking. The college reflects the rich diversity of its region and was the first SUNY campus to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.   

For more information, contact us at 914-606-6670 or wccfoundation@sunywcc.edu 


Longtime Westchester Community College champion VANESSA WILLIAMS is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today, selling millions of records worldwide. Her work in music, film, television, and the Broadway stage has been recognized with 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations and 7 NAACP Image Awards. Her platinum single, “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Her 2012 autobiography, You Have No Idea, co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a N.Y. Times Best Seller and she released Bubble Kisses, her first picture book for children, in 2020. Most recently, she starred in the World Premiere of Selina Fillinger’s new Broadway comedy, directed by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman. She is part of the star-studded panel of judges for RuPaul’s Paramount+ competition series, Queen of the Universe.

SINFOROSA “ROSE” TAN & WILLIAM H.P. KAUNG are receiving Westchester Community College Foundation’s Community Leadership Award. Rose and Bill are recognized for their decades of volunteer service to SUNY Westchester Community College and the community.  Rose is SUNY WCC Professor Emerita of Mathematics and held the Joseph & Sophia Abeles Endowed Chair for Mathematics. Bill is a proud U.S. Army veteran who worked for over 35 years in the life insurance Industry, last serving as Vice President of Operations. Rose and Bill are lifetime members of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, past presidents of the OCA Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter, and recipients of the OCA National Unsung Hero Volunteer Award.  Bill’s many volunteer activities include the New York Immigration Coalition of Westchester, the Town of Greenburgh Human Rights Advisory Committee and the Pace University Lubin School Alumni Board.  Rose is a Board Member Emerita of the Syracuse University School of Education Board of Visitors and a member of the Board of the Evergreen Club, an organization of Chinese seniors.  Both Bill and Rose are active in the WCC Collegium for Lifelong Learning.

DORRY SWOPE, a Residential Real Estate Broker at The Corcoran Group in New York City, is receiving Westchester Community College Foundation’s Philanthropy Award. Over the years, Dorry and her family have made significant contributions to SUNY Westchester Community College as well as to conservation, arts, and health care organizations. Dorry serves as Co-Chair for the WCC Foundation’s President Council. Dorry is also an Honorary Trustee of Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Dorry’s volunteer activities including serving on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee for Hunter College.

GEORGE LATIMER is receiving the Public Service Award in recognition of his 36 years of service to the people of Westchester County, and New York State. His political career began in 1987 when Latimer ran his first successful race for public office, earning him a seat on the Rye City Council. In 1991 he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators, winning the 7th District seat representing the City of Rye, the Village of Larchmont, and Mamaroneck Town and Village. Latimer was later elected to the New York State Assembly, and State Senate representing the 37th District. Latimer went on to become the 9th Westchester County Executive in 2018, and was elected to a second term in 2021, never losing an election after over three decades in public office. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, he is fighting to make Westchester County a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy.

DAVID BERRY, a SUNY Westchester Community College alum, is receiving the Westchester Community College Foundation Viking Voyager Alumni Award. David is the founder of NomadCIO LLC, which provides interim Chief Information/Technology Officer and M&A leadership globally and in multiple industries ranging from aerospace to consumer products to fashion. He received the national “CIO 100 Award,” which recognizes the use of IT in innovative ways to deliver business value. Dave is a U.S. Navy veteran who has been an active volunteer mentor for veterans seeking to reenter the workforce.

We celebrate the launch of the 10th Anniversary year of  DR. BELINDA S. MILES. Dr. Miles became the third president of Westchester Community College in January 2015. A native New Yorker, she is a nationally recognized educator and previously served as Provost and Executive Vice President of Access, Learning and Success at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the York College/CUNY, where she received her B.A. degree, and Columbia University Teachers College, where she obtained her Doctorate in Education. Since her arrival, she has led teams that have doubled the graduation rate, expanded academic programs and pathways, and promoted an equitable, caring, and inclusive community with pathways for all members of our community who seek higher education and access to economic mobility.


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