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St. Vincent's Auxiliary Presents 25th Annual Youth Awards


“I urge you to not underestimate the power of empathy.”
                                                --Sam Weinman, author of WIN AT LOSING

Students from 15 area high schools were honored at the 2017 Annual Youth Awards, sponsored by the St. Vincent’s Auxiliary Board. This is the 25th year the Auxiliary has honored students whose volunteer activities best reflect St. Vincent’s mission and values.

Keynote speaker Sam Weinman is a sports journalist and the author of WIN AT LOSING: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains, which tells the stories of well-known figures who have prevailed in the aftermath of loss, showcasing how difficult moments can turn into powerful growth opportunities.

“Losing helps you learn empathy,” he told the audience. “I urge you to not underestimate the power of empathy.”

The 2017 Youth Award honorees are pictured above.  Standing, left to right: Sam Weinman; Waheed Gonzalez, Port Chester High School; William Jordan, Archbishop Stepinac High School; James Swartz, Bronxville High School; Amanda Girardi, Scarsdale High School; F. Myles Nuzzi, Fordham Preparatory School; Robert D’Armiento, Iona Preparatory School; Zachary Falch, Iona Preparatory School; Chloe Malushaga, Mamaroneck High School; Cara Traficante, Harrison High School; Sarah Walker, Rye Country Day School; Saint Joseph’s Medical Center President and CEO Michael J. Spicer. Seated, left to right: Shannon Heffernan, The Ursuline School; Sara Micciulli, Convent of the Sacred Heart; Camryn Sullivan, Rye Neck High School; Caroline Beit, School of the Holy Child; Ivette Flores, Port Chester High School; Isaiah Marcano, Salesian High School. Missing was Samantha Bluvol, Rye High School.

St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester Receives License to Operate Port Chester Addiction Treatment Program 

St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester, a division of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, has been granted a license to operate the former Renaissance Project outpatient addiction program at 132 Pearl Street in Port Chester effective April 1. The program is now known as the Port Chester Recovery Center, and will continue to provide outpatient addiction treatment services to adults and adolescents at its current location. The Port Chester Recovery Center can be reached by calling 914-939-2700. 

The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) coordinated the transition. DCMH Director of Drug and Alcohol Services Dahlia Austin said, “We are pleased that we were able to work out the transfer to ensure that the clinic’s clients continue to receive the services they need. We appreciate St. Vincent’s willingness to move quickly so that there was no gap for the clients or the employees.”  Bernadette Kingham-Bez, Executive Director of St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester added, “We are very pleased that all of the current staff will be retained and that St. Vincent’s can continue to serve the center’s clients.”   

Mike Seminara, CASAC, the center’s director, said, “We are very happy that our clients will receive the services they need without interruption.”

Click here to learn more about the Port Chester Recovery Center's services.