Gift Of Life Names White Plains Rotarian Currie As Chairman

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —  Gift of Life, a Rotary-sponsored charity, has elected Valhalla resident and White Plains Rotarian Bill Currie to its chairman of the board for a two-year term, and has appointed three members to the board: Janet DiBenedetto,  member of the Pleasantville Rotary Club, John Felicetti, a 20-year resident and Richard Sherman.Leon Horwitz, who has held numerous Rotary board positions, has been promoted to vice chairman of the board.

These Rotarians will help to direct the operations of Gift of Life in its lifesaving heart surgery operations for children from several foreign countries.

Currie has served on the Gift of Life Board since 1998. He became involved with the International Gift of Life program shortly after it was founded in 2002, eventually serving as vice chairman from 2007-09 and as chairman/president from 2009-13.

He currently serves as secretary and uses his financial background to assist the organization. He has helped raise money and awareness of the Gift of Life by addressing Rotary conferences on four continents and has spoken to groups of medical professionals about the lifesaving work of Gift of Life.

DiBenedetto, a veteran Rotarian, has been a winner of the Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, clear evidence that she represents the essence of the worldwide service organization.

DiBenedetto, a member of the Pleasantville Rotary Club, has been a member of the Gift of Life for 20 years. A grant writer and teacher of grant writing, DiBenedetto says that she is serving on the board to share her grant-writing expertise

Felicetti has spent his professional career in information technology and management consulting. Felicetti has been an active member of the Rotary Club of the Pelham’s annual Tastings fundraiser for children with cardiac needs since its inception in 2005.

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