June 2017 -- Sivan-Tammuz 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 6

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, second right, presented proclamations to WJCS Gala Honorees Froma Benerofe, center, and Bruce Freyer, left. With him from second left are: WJCS President Neil Sandler, CEO Alan Trager and COO Bernie Kimberg.

WJCS Annual Gala Attracts 300 Supporters; Honors Board Members Bruce Freyer, Froma Benerofe





The WJCS 2017 Gala with 300 attendees honored Board Members Bruce Freyer from Scarsdale and Froma Benerofe from Purchase for their longstanding support of the agency and the Westchester community. The event was held at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase in April.


Froma Benerofe has a decades-long relationship with WJCS. She joined the WJCS Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse as a clinician in 1998.  As a member of the WJCS Board of Directors since 1983 and as past President, Benerofe has been a force in ensuring that innovative and essential programs are accessible to all Westchester residents. She has served on almost every board committee and contributed to the agency’s foundation and everyday work as an advisor to staff in mental health and early childhood and to the Jewish community.


Benerofe is known as a pillar of the Westchester and New York communities for her dedication to the human services, for the philanthropy to which she and her husband Andrew have committed themselves, and as an active supporter of the visual and performing arts and an advocate for Holocaust education and human rights. She is a graduate of Vassar College, holds an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and is currently a clinician in private practice.


Dedicated to the social welfare of his local community, Bruce Freyer became involved with WJCS in 1997. He has chaired several committees and given generous donations of time and talent to staff events. He’s also been a thought-partner for strategic initiatives and has advocated for children at County budget hearings.


Freyer is known for his commitment to making the world a better place for all people. This passion has been extended near and far – from service to other local non-profits to overseas. He and his wife Dana founded the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, a non-profit devoted to working with rural Afghans to create viable and sustainable farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and promote economic development.


Freyer had a distinguished career as a pulpit Rabbi, military chaplain in Vietnam and Chaplain at Manhattanville College. His military service earned him the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. He’s also had a second career in the business world.


The 300 guests in attendance heard compelling stories from clients who have benefitted from the agency’s array of mental health, trauma, disability, youth, home care and geriatric services.


WJCS is one of the largest non-profit, non-sectarian human services agencies in Westchester, serving 20,000 people annually at 70 clinic, school, community and home-based locations throughout the county. The agency’s integrated network of services includes mental health treatment and counseling, child and youth development programs, residential and non-residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, home health and geriatric services. The highest level of professional development and training is offered through the WJCS Educational Institute. For more information on WJCS, go to www.wjcs.com.