FCA’s Fall Harvest Celebration Secures Critical Funds for Essential Services

Dec 5, 2023 | Press Release

$350,000 Raised to Support Vital Programs for Long Islanders of All Ages

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK, November 2023  Family & Children’s Association (FCA), one of Long Island’s largest nonprofit health and human services organizations, recently hosted a successful Fall Harvest Celebration at the Heritage Club at Bethpage. Elisa DiStefano, Newsday Media Group Senior Lifestyle Host emceed the celebration, which included inspirational stories from FCA clients and honorees. The event raised $350,000 that will bolster critical programs and services that annually support more than 35,000 Long Islanders.

“With the pressures of increased prices for basic necessities across the board and greater demand for mental health and other support services in the aftermath of COVID-19, our work is even more vital to underserved communities across Long Island,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President & CEO. “We simply could not sustain the critical programs that enhance the lives of children, young adults, seniors and families without the generosity of our supporters. This financial support is an affirmation of the impact we have, and we are immensely grateful for every dollar.”

This year’s honorees included John and Rose Dionisio of Garden City. John is the Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Global Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (GISI). GISI firms recently completed construction of a new engineering building at Hofstra University and are currently completing work on the Grand Central Long Island Railroad station and new terminal projects at JFK.

Anthony Rizzuto received the James J. Harnett Humanitarian Award. Anthony has more than 21 years of service in the substance use disorder field, and has made tremendous contributions to harm reduction and recovery programs that help individuals and families struggling with substance use.

FCA bestowed its Carol Wessel Humanitarian Award to Rea Gjenashi and Joanna Peng, outstanding middle school students who have worked to educate their classmates about homelessness with informative multimedia presentations, a written book, and donation drives to help young people experiencing homelessness.

The Harvest Celebration was attended by local government and business leaders, donors, beneficiaries, volunteer and friends. All proceeds from the Fall Harvest Celebration will benefit FCA programs and services for Long Island’s underserved children, families, seniors and communities.


Photo Caption:   FCA, one of Long Island’s largest nonprofit health and human services organizations recently hosted a successful Fall Harvest Celebration. The event raised $350,000 that will support the critical programs and services that annually serve more than 35,000 Long Islanders.  Pictured here, FCA President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds (center) flanked by honorees (l-r) Anthony Rizzuto, Rea Gjenashi, Joanna Peng and Newsday Media Group Senior Lifestyle Host Elisa DiStefano.


About FCA

FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 35,000 Long Islanders each year. For nearly 140 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities on Long Island.

FCA believes in the potential of Long Island – a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment, or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest places in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.

For more information about FCA, visit FCALI.org.

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