The Joseph Benefico Family: Daughter Michelle Benefico and Grand Daughter Alessia; Gail & Joe Benefico; Daughter Katie & Husband Scott

Courtien Family: Grand Daughters Victoria & Anna DeSimone; Adriana, Paige & Brooke Royce; Son-In-Law Albie DeSimone, Daughter Kristin DeSimone, Grandson Albert; Cindy & Bobby Courtien; Daughter Rachel Courtien, Daughter Stephanie Royce, Son-In-Law John Royce.

Pelham Civics to Honor 2023 Persons of the Year Joe Benefico and Cindy & Bobby Courtien at Fall Gala October 27th

by Joe Nunziata

Founded in 1939, The Pelham Civics, one of Westchester County’s most active volunteer charitable organizations – dedicated to assisting the youth/students, elderly, mentally & physically challenged, and financially needy — will present its most prestigious awards — Persons of the Year — to longtime Pelhamites Joe Benefico and Cindy & Bobby Courtien. They will be honored at the Pelham Civics Fall Gala on October 27th at the elegant Surf Club in New Rochelle.

To support this significant fundraiser, there are opportunities for Sponsorships, Journal Ads, and Group/Individual tickets. Contact Fall Gala Chair, MauriceOwen-Michaane at 917-842-5552 or  

About the Honorees…

Joe Benefico — Born and raised in Pelham, Joe’s unwavering commitment and loyalty to his hometown resulted in him spending his entire law enforcement career protecting and serving the Pelham residents as a Village of Pelham Police Officer from 1976 to 1992, then as Chief of Police from 1992 to his retirement in 2018. His extraordinary first-responder leadership throughout the decades he served created a Police Department that excelled in strong safety initiatives and perseverance, with an unprecedented devotion to the community.

Cindy and Bobby Courtien
Successful owners of C&B Plumbing & Heating, Inc, no other couple in Pelham has best demonstrated humanitarianism, altruism and leadership in the past 40 years than Cindy & Bobby Courtien. In both their personal and professional lives, Cindy & Bob have served our Town of Pelham and supported impactful initiatives of countless volunteer organizations and charitable causes, particularly when it involved a commitment to local businesses, Pelham School athletic programs, and their undying faith and support of both St. Catharine’s and OLPH parishes.

Visit to read more about the honorees, and the exciting upcoming Fall Gala. Photos by John Vecchiolla Photography