After 26 years, our President and CEO, Nancy Woodruff Ment, is retiring at the end of this month. When Nancy arrived as our Clinical Director in 1987, ANDRUS was a very different and much smaller program than it is today. We served just 57 children on campus in long-term care with a $2 million budget. Today, our annual budget has grown to $30 million and we are serving 2,500 children and families each year at 16 sites across Westchester County. As our CEO since 2003, Nancy was the guiding force behind mergers with the Center for Preventive Psychiatry and Family & Community Services, Inc. She also encouraged the creation of the Sanctuary Institute, through which ANDRUS has provided training to over 250 agencies nationwide and in 23 countries around the world, and has led us to a leading role in understanding the deep-rooted impact of trauma on vulnerable children and adults.
Nancy has received many well-deserved awards and accolades in recent years. In 2010, she was named to the Westchester Business Council's Hall of Fame. Last year, she was honored by 914INC magazine as one of the County's Most Influential Women, and this spring the Association of Children's Residential Centers presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. But there are other, equally important ways to gauge her accomplishments that go beyond the extraordinary growth of our programs during her tenure or the public recognition of her leadership. Everyone who knows Nancy understands that for her the most meaningful measure of success is in lives touched. By that measure, Nancy's work has been truly remarkable. She has guided ANDRUS in serving tens of thousands of children who have passed through our doors. Her leadership and support has benefited thousands of colleagues at ANDRUS and beyond, with her insight and experience as a member of various boards, committees and business associations. And later this month, she will witness her 26th Orchard School Graduation and help us send another class of graduates on to better and brighter futures because of her commitment.
Click here to read the latest tribute to Nancy in the Westchester Business Journal
|Golf Fore Kids Raises $177K!
100 golfers and friends braved the rain for ANDRUS on June 3 at Siwanoy Country Club for the ninth annual Golf Fore Kids outing. The outing raised $177,000 to benefit ANDRUS' work at 16 sites around the county. A spirited auction featured trips, dining experiences and more. For photos of the event, click here.
|Random Farms Brings Theater and Positivity to Andrus Children
Our youngest residents were treated to a special performance on June 5 from Random Farm's Kids for a Cause youth theatrical group. Ranging in age from 7 to 13, they performed a 30-minute musical revue filled with songs and dances from classic Broadway musicals. The themes revolved around friendship, helping each other and happiness!