Three accomplished professionals, who share a commitment to improving the lives of those they touch with their spirited community leadership, were honored by United Hebrew of New Rochelle on May 3rd at the organization’s Seventh Annual Community Service Awards. Jeff Menkes of Larchmont, Eileen Davidson of New Rochelle and Charles Fazzino of Pelham, were recognized for their advocacy and commitment to developing programs, services, and artwork that enriches the lives of seniors on United Hebrew’s campus, in the Westchester community, and beyond.
“It’s been said that it is easy to sit up and take notice—what’s extraordinary is the way these three individuals stand up and take action,” said Rita Mabli, President and CEO of United Hebrew. “Today we celebrate each of our honorees, who give not to receive, but because they see a need. Through their work in healthcare, education, and the arts, they each go above and beyond to enhance the lives of the elderly on our campus and across Westchester.”
Jeff Menkes is president and chief executive officer at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, a valued partner and strategic collaborator with United Hebrew, where Burke-trained therapists provide short-term rehabilitation services. Eileen Davidson is a dedicated educator and president at The Ursuline School, an outstanding college preparatory school whose students are frequently found volunteering at United Hebrew. Charles Fazzino is a world-renowned pop artist who donated extraordinary artwork to United Hebrew’s Kramer and Skalet Pavilion nursing home when it first opened nearly a decade ago; his artwork continues to inspire and trigger memories for the nursing home’s residents.
The three were celebrated at a special ceremony attended by approximately 80 business, government, and healthcare leaders, at United Hebrew’s campus in New Rochelle.
“Not only are their individual achievements remarkable, but collectively, their expertise benefits so many individuals in our community,” said Mabli. “We are truly inspired by what they do to help our seniors live independently and with dignity and good health, now and in the future.”
In her remarks, Mabli thanked each honoree for their outstanding contributions, advocacy, and commitment to bettering the lives of Westchester’s elderly.
Charles Fazzino is one of the nation’s most popular and highly collected pop artists. Based in New Rochelle, Fazzino is known for his silk screen serigraphs in a pop-art style. His artwork incorporates influences from urban landscapes, sporting events, celebrities, and popular culture and results in detailed, vibrant, and three-dimensional work that has been exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 different countries. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Fazzino has received private commissions from well-known figures including NFL player Tom Brady and supermodel Kate Upton, among others. He has served as the official artist for festivals and events around the world.
Fazzino is often referred to as a pop culture historian because of the details captured in his work, how it touches collectors, and the way it captures contemporary life. His legacy will mark him as part of the next generation of famous pop artists as he follows pop art pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Red Grooms, and Roy Lichtenstein.