The White Plains Examiner

Family Services of Westchester Lanza Family Center Opens in White Plains

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Lanza FoundationFamily Services of Westchester (FSW), along with more than 100 local dignitaries, supporters and guests celebrated the culmination of a goal set years ago – to bring a state-of-the art intergenerational facility to White Plains – with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Lanza Family Center for All Ages. Nick Wolff, FSW’s Chairman of the Board and longtime White Plains resident, expressed his gratitude to all those who worked so hard to bring this multigenerational center to White Plains. “There are so many people responsible for helping us get to this point including my colleagues on the Board, FSW staff and most importantly our generous donors.” He also thanked the City of White Plains government officials as well the North Broadway Neighborhood Association for welcoming the Center to their community.

The 18,000 square-foot Center, modeled after My Second Home, FSW’s award-winning intergenerational program in Mt. Kisco, will bring children, teens and seniors together at one site to participate in programs, share experiences and benefit from one another, just as they would in a family setting. Together, children, teens and older adults will enjoy gardening, sharing meals, singing songs, cooking side-by-side, and participating in special events that allow them to break down age barriers and form lasting impressions and enrich each other’s lives.

Pat Lanza, whose $1 million challenge grant enabled FSW to embark on this project, did not live to see her vision become reality. Mrs. Lanza passed away in March 2014.

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