Senior Volunteers Honored and COO Philip Matcovsky Recognized as “Man Of The Year”
There’s always something special about Federation’s annual Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. This past June 16, the agency and more than 250 guests honored volunteers from its Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs.
The event, held at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown, NY, recognized the dedicated seniors who make a difference in the lives of children with special needs as well as homebound seniors.
This year, Federation’s Chief Operating Officer, Philip Matcovsky, was recognized as the organization’s “Man of the Year.
News12’s Doug Greed served as emcee, and Barbara Faron, CEO of Federation, spoke of the importance of the Senior Volunteers and lauded Matcovsky for 30 years of outstanding service to the agency.
“We’re thrilled to honor the deep dedication and commitment of our Senior Volunteers, as well as the distinguished career of my friend and colleague, Philip Matcovsky,” Faron said. “Many thanks to our incredible program and event sponsors and to Federation’s extraordinary volunteers for helping to transform hundreds of lives across Long Island.”
Matcovsky joined Federation in 1987 as a counselor in the homeless outreach program before moving up the ranks to become a supervisor, director, and COO. In his current position, Matcovsky has been instrumental in helping Federation and its 500 employees navigate major changes to managed care, while managing day-to-day operations of an agency with a $48 million budget. He continues to strive for the best possible care for Long Island seniors, as well as individuals who are homeless or living with mental health challenges.
Federation’s Senior Director of Outreach Services, Tracy Falkner, LMSW, awarded Volunteer of the Year Awards to Foster Grandparent Jeanette Ingenito and Senior Companion Lucy Caracciola for their exemplary care and service. The agency’s 140 Foster Grandparents currently mentor more than 2,500 children in Suffolk County, while Federation’s Senior Companion Program provides support and assistance to frail homebound seniors.
Many dignitaries attended or participated in the luncheon. Senator Phil Boyle (NYS 4th Senate District) and Ed Romaine, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor, served as Guest Speakers at the event, commending Federation’s volunteers for their efforts to enhance the quality of life of Long Island children and seniors. Other notable attendees included New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (Assembly District 11) and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, who represents the Tenth Legislative District of New York. Representatives from Senator John E. Brooks’ office (NYS 8th Senate District) and Tom Croci’s office (NYS 3rd Senate District) were also in attendance.