Here is the announcement:
Christina Rohatynskyj Named Woman of the Year by Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs
Millwood, NY – Food Bank for Westchester Executive Director Christina Rohatynskyj has been named Woman of the Year by the Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs (WCFWC). Ms. Rohatynskyj will be honored at the WCFWC annual meeting and luncheon Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Davenport Club, New Rochelle. Tickets are $40, and reservations are required. For information, contact Karen Amann at (914) 277-5435.
WCFWC gives out the Woman of the Year award every April to a Westchester woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community. Previous recipients include Congresswoman Nita Lowey, New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, former Westchester County District Attorney Jeannine Pierro, actress Francis Sternhagen, and entertainer/director Lucie Arnaz
A resident of Mount Vernon, Ms. Rohatynskyj has been Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester since 1993, five years after it was founded as Food PATCH (People Allied To Combat Hunger). She has overseen the growth of the organization from a small staff of 12 delivering nearly 2.7 pounds of food a year to a current staff of 28 delivering over six million pounds of food a year to over 200 local hunger-relief programs.
“We are thrilled to bestow this well-deserved honor on Ms. Rohatynskyj,” said WCFWC President Anita Taddeo. “With her leadership, the Food Bank for Westchester makes a positive impact every day on the lives of tens of thousands of people who are hungry or at risk of hunger in Westchester.”
Prior to taking the helm at the Food Bank for Westchester, Ms. Rohatynskyj developed and was the first Executive Director of the American Red Cross Regional Food Distribution Center in Lansing, Michigan for seven years. She was an original member of the reorganized Food Bank Council of Michigan and served as a board officer. More recently, she was a founding member of the Food Bank Association of New York State and has just completed a four-year term as the board president. She holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Studio Art.
She has one daughter, Tetiana Anderson, a journalist, who works for NY-1 News.
The Food Bank for Westchester is located at 358 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood, NY 10546,
(914) 923-1100, www.foodbankforwestchester.org.
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About the Food Bank for Westchester: Food Bank for Westchester, one of eight food banks in New York State, acquires, warehouses and distributes more than six million pounds of food annually to over 200 local hunger-relief organizations, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and senior centers. Its mission is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County in creating a hunger-free environment. Its core activity is the collection and distribution of donated, government and purchased food.
About the Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs: The Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs was formed in 1921 to stimulate and unite the interest and influence of the women’s Clubs in Westchester County and to promote the welfare of the county in civic, legislative, educational, philanthropic and cultural matters.
Photo: Christina Rohatynskyj, Executive Director, Food Bank for Westchester