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Approximately 400 guests played Texas hold ’em, blackjack, roulette, and craps at the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s “Casino for the Cause” fundraiser. The event took place in the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains. Besides some good old-fashion gambling, a silent auction was held, and close to $200,000 was raised. Crohn’s and colitis are two diseases that affect 1.4 million Americans. “Most people don’t know what these diseases are,” says Jennifer Paley, specials events manager for the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. “The fact we raised sixty percent over last year’s total is a credit to our committee’s hard work.” Speakers for the evening included Rick Geswell, president of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and Natalie Linton, 16, of Rye, who has Crohn’s. The most expensive auction items were a tour of ESPN with sports reporter Jeremy Schaap ($3,500) and a sit-in on the Chris “Mad Dog” Russo show on Sirius XM Radio ($3,000).

Hilary Murray of Chappaqua, Lauren Baker of Millwood, Jamie Seslowe and Allison Kushnick, both of Scarsdale, and Jennifer Paley of Chappaqua
Stacy Carr of Katonah and Allison Ripka of Armonk


At the Annual Leadership in Action Gala sponsored by Aid for the World, an international humanitarian relief organization, and held at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

Photo by Richard Lewin

Keynote speaker General Colin Powell with Linda Singer of Harrison
Valerie and Martin Polner of Scarsdale

Photo by Stephanie Lewin


Photo by Michael Priest Photography


Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Westchester County Legislator William Burton of Ossining, and Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore of Bronxville at UJA-Federation of New York’s annual Westchester Legislative Breakfast held at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains




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