New Rochelle YMCA “Servant Leadership” Gala to be held on May 17th


For immediate release – February 12, 2018:

New Rochelle YMCA “Servant Leadership” Gala to be held on May 17th

The New Rochelle YMCA announced its 2018 Servant Leadership Honorees: worldwide management and motivational writer and speaker, and New Rochelle native son, Ken Blanchard; city business owner and youth development supporter Brandon Steiner; and the Y Sisters, a group of committed senior women dedicated to healthy living at the YMCA.

The award winners will be honored at a Servant Leadership Event on Thursday evening, May 17th at the Pelham Country Club from 6-9 pm. Serving as a fundraiser for the Y’s commitment to financial and program support for individuals and families in need, the event will feature a welcome reception, dinner, silent auction, and a special conversation between Ken Blanchard and Brandon Steiner focused on how critical a culture of servant leadership is in the community.

The awards are being presented for contributions made to the Y mission of building a strong community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Bram Fierstein, chair of the YMCA board, said the honorees live the ideal of Servant Leadership. “Each has done great things in our Y community, New Rochelle, Westchester County, and beyond,” he said Ken Blanchard, is perhaps most recognizable as the co-author of The One Minute Manager ®. His most recent publication, Servant Leadership in Action is influencing a global movement toward a different leadership approach. He is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership that has influenced the day-to-day management and leadership of people and companies globally. As a boy, Ken was active at the New Rochelle YMCA and credits the Y with many important lessons learned.

Ken is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. He is also cofounder of the Lead Like Jesus Ministry, which is devoted to faith based servant leadership. “Ken is a true servant leader, and is the perfect individual to be honored for his work on social responsibility,” said Fierstein.

Receiving the award for his work in support of youth development, Brandon Steiner also has deep ties to New Rochelle. His business, Steiner Sports, calls New Rochelle home employing over 100 people. Additionally, Brandon coached high school basketball in New Rochelle for many years.

Brandon devotes time to and supports several charities, including Family Services of Westchester, an organization that helps provide quality social and mental health services. With Brandon’s help, Family Services of Westchester has been able to open two group homes for teenage boys and girls with no place to call home. “As a citizen we have an obligation to give back to the community and Brandon is doing that for children in need,” Fierstein said.

“The YMCA is indeed fortunate to have many dedicated members, and the Y Sisters might top our list,” said Y CEO Rich McCarty. The Y Sisters have always been a group that meet at the Y to keep a healthy lifestyle, yet it went far beyond attending a pool exercise class together.

One of its members, Beryl Dorsett, credits this close bond of seniors for keeping each other engaged within the Y and outside of the Y with social activities, holiday gatherings and trips. “We are a sisterhood of all walks of life who are committed to living our best years and to supporting our Y,” she commented.

For information on the event, please contact Rich McCarty at the New Rochelle YMCA at 914-632-1818 or by email:

The New Rochelle YMCA has served the communities of greater New Rochelle – including Pelham, Larchmont, Mount Vernon and the Bronx – since 1899.  The Y is proud to serve ALL in the community, standing for YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIVING and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Currently the YMCA serves close to 5000 members, with a great majority of seniors and children. The Y offers over 35 group exercise classes each week, with state of the art cardio and strength equipment for fitness seekers. For the youth, there are pre-school and after school programs in addition to swim lessons, the Sailfish Swim Team, Junior NBA Basketball, soccer, karate, ballet and YMCA Camp New Roc in the summer. In the community, the Y offers ESL and US Citizenry classes, and provides affordable programs with the aid of the Annual Support Campaign charitable giving program for children and families in need. The Y is a licensed 501(c)3 organizatio


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