OTO 2021

Thank you to all our generous friends and supporters for joining together to make the 26th Annual Overcoming the Odds Awards Virtual Celebration an amazing success.

Congratulations once again to our OTO honorees Jared, Vincent, Sissy and Julian for inspiring us to always reach for the stars.


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With Sincere Thanks to Our 2021 Overcoming the Odds Awards Celebration Sponsors

Champions for Children

Goldfarb Properties

Elizabeth and Jeffrey Berman

Jill and Rob Bernstein

Karen and David Blumenthal

Loretta and Victor Kaufman Family Foundation

Carol Kekst

Richard and Allyson Rosenberg

Ambassador for Advocacy

Tracy and Michael Nathanson

Leader for Learning


Richard Abbe

Stephen C. Calicchio Foundation

Joan and Barrie Damson

Gail and Larry Dobosh

Eric Gleacher Foundation

Carolyn and Bill Kay

Douglas C. Lane and Associates

Joann Lang

Mariner Foundation

Carol Rothschild

Mike Zupon

Friend of Families

Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation

Michaelene Durst

Matthew Dupuis-Merrill Lynch NYC

Suzanne and John Golden

Debra Goldfarb and Michael Fischman

Lindsey and Gabe Hakim

Diane and Razy Hirschberg

Stephen and Marina Kaufman

Nancy and Jeffrey Lane

Ruth and Sidney Lapidus

Judy and Leonard Lauder

Meehan Foundation


Elana and Peter Rothschild

Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg

Holly and David Sherr

Ann and Richard Solomon

Miriam and Howard Stern

Sally Strauss & Andrew E. Tomback

Supporter of Students


African American Men of Westchester, Inc.

Nancy and Howard Adler

Henry Alpert

Rachel and David Berkey

Betsy and Nathaniel Bohrer

Kathryn and James Brandt

Carole and Ron Chaimowitz

Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation

Janice and Charlie Feldman

Bob Goodman and Jayne Lipman

Elly and Steve Hammerman

Robert and Jane Harrison Family Foundation

Jody and Emil Henry

Elizabeth and Steven Hirsch

Barbara and Lawrence Inra

The Klein Family

Penney and Gerry Klingman

Abbe and Dan Klores

Lois Kroll

Leah Lenney

Levitt-Fuirst Insurance

Joan and Lucio Noto

Dr. Debbie Palmer

Joan and Joel Picket

Dennis Poster

Andrea and Andrew Potash

Katherine Pringle and John McCormick

Tara and Victor Menezes

Susan and Lewis Rapaport

Diane Rosenthal and Mark Deitch

Harriet and Len Schleifer

Silverman Realty Group

Allison and Kevin Stahl

Dr. Jeremy and Mrs. Susan Stone

Donna Vitale and Tom Ruskin

Linda and Benjamin Wetchler

Deborah and Hooman Yaghoobzadeh

Our Honoree’s Stories

(Southern Westchester BOCES)

Read Julian’s Bio

(New Rochelle High School)

Read Sissy’s Bio

(Hastings High School)

Read Vincent’s Bio

(BOCES Irvington)

Read Jared’s Bio