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Rye’s Most Valuable People of 2015 To Be Honored by Rye Youth Council

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(PHOTO: David and Andrea Hessekiel)

The Rye Youth Council announced its honorees for its annual MVP (Most Valuable People) Gala. In 2015, the youth organization will honor Andrea and David Hessekiel, Valerie and Ted Livingston, and Sole Ryeders & Friends for their contributions to the children and families in Rye and beyond.

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(PHOTO: The Rye Youth Council gala committee: L to R: Wendy Garfinkel, Jen Swanson, Elizabeth Lukes, Kassandra Souply, Angie Gasparro, Holly Simmons, Lisa Keegan, Amy Gorman, Julie Anderson, Karen Ebeling.)

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(PHOTO: Valerie and Ted Livingston)

The event will take place at the Hilton Westchester on January 31, and feature a sit-down dinner, a silent auction, the award presentations and dancing. Gala chairs Kassandra Souply and Holly Simmons are looking forward to a great party. The event will be emceed by Rye resident and WABC-TV anchor Diana Williams.


(PHOTO: Host and emcee Rye resident and WABC-TV anchor Diana Williams)

“It’s a fantastic testament to our community that we have been able to honor so many deserving people for over 20 years”, says Ms. Souply. “It’s going to be a very special night – get your tickets before they sell out!”

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(PHOTO: Sole Ryeders & Friends)

For tickets and more information, please visit www.ryeyouthcouncil.org or contact the RYC office at 967-3838. The funds generated from the gala, the council's bigest fundraiser, is used for general operating expenses.

The first gala took place in 1993, when it honored Janice Pierce.

Look at the past honorees:

2015 Andi & David Hessekiel
Val & Ted Livingston
Sole Ryeders

2014 Ken & Kendall Egan
Eric & Paulette Mann
Pat & Jeannie Romano

2013 Dan Love
Joe DeRuvo
Kids' S.P.A.C.E.

2012 Dennis Deutmeyer
Lorraine Levinson
Rich Savage

2011 Peter Gouveia
Holly Kennedy
Steven Norman
Matt Tauber

2010 Micheline & Bart DiNardo
Gregg Howells
Jim Yedowitz

2009 Helene Byrnes
Laura Slack
Rye Youth Lacrosse

2008 Lauren Miscimarra
Brian & Lisa Dempsey
Lisa Jenner
Paul & Judy Alimena

2007 Dan Brown
Sally Rogol
Doug Tuttle
Luke Walsh

2006 Steve Joyce
Frances Tietjen Wiener

2005 Frank & Patti Adimari
Bob & Kate Niehaus

2004 Dr. Susan Klosek
Dolores Eyler

2003 Jane Mickatavage
Dick Murdoch

2002 Honoring Rye Youth

2001 Cheryl Flood

2000 Dr. Joseph Soury
John Wood

1999 Celebrating Move to the McDonald Bldg.

1998 Rye School of Dance
Patricia Bratches, Daryl Finn
Kyle Turco & Beth Conley

1997 Connie Macleod
1996 Jack Schoenholtz

1995 Barry Farnham

1994 Carol Dolich

1993 Janice Pierce


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