2013 Teen Recognition Night

On Monday, May 6th Gilda’s Club Westchester held its 2nd Annual Teen Recognition Night to honor teens who participate in its programs and volunteer their time and talents to make a positive impact on the Gilda’s community.

The 2013 Red Door Teen Award was presented to Nicole Suozzo who, through her own experience, has inspired other children, teens and adults at GCW and throughout the community. Nicole joined Gilda’s Club Westchester in 2009. Having been impacted by cancer personally, she was looking for positive ways to share her experience and give back to other families touched by cancer. Since joining Gilda’s, Nicole has been a dedicated member of the Youth Committee.

While Nicole has spent a lot of time serving on the GCW Youth Committee, she has also helped Gilda’s Club Westchester and so many others by sharing her personal experience with cancer. The first time she did this was through the Teen Essay Contest in 2011. Since then, Nicole became a Teen Ambassador and has shared her story at various events. Every time Nicole speaks about her experience, she manages to draw people in and make a positive impact.

Gilda’s Club also recognized members of the Youth Committee, a group of 35 volunteers from schools throughout Westchester County, who plan awareness events and fundraisers for Gilda’s Club Westchester. This group also helps with events at the Clubhouse for younger children and families. Their hard work directly impacts the families that come to Gilda’s Club Westchester and has a tremendous influence on the program GCW is able to offer its members.

Gilda’s Club Westchester announced the winners of the annual It’s Always Something Teen Essay Contest. This year GCW received 50 essays from area high school students. GCW is thankful to all of the teenagers who made fantastic, brave submissions. A special thank you to this year’s contest judges Bryan Cappelli, executive vice president of the Cappelli Organization; Anne Campbell-Maxwell, director of oncology service line at Hudson Valley Hospital Center; and Carole Geithner, social worker and author of “If Only”.

2013 Teen Essay Contest winners:

1st Place – Kathleen Finan, Valhalla High School
“For Jeanne-Marie with Love”

2nd Place – Adam Schneider, North Rockland High School
“It’s Always Something”

3rd Place – Julia Friedberg, Briarcliff High School
“We’re Gonna Make It”

Gilda’s Club Westchester is thankful to all of the teens who continue to make a difference in our Clubhouse and in our community.

Red Door Teen Award recipient Nicole Suozzo with Children Teens and Families Manager Jen Scully

Red Door Teen Award recipient Nicole Suozzo with Children Teens and Families Manager Jen Scully

Youth Committee Officers (Carly Roman, Sarah Berman, Lauren Ciubotaru)

Youth Committee Officers (Carly Roman, Sarah Berman, Lauren Ciubotaru)



First Place Teen Essay winner Kathleen Finan – Valhalla with author Carole Geithner, LCSW, and Jen Scully