The Board of Trustees of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families wishes to announce the appointment of William P. Sabado, LMSW, JD as President/CEO of Seamen’s Society, Staten Island’s oldest charity founded in 1846. Mr. Sabado is a resident of Staten Island and most recently served as President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Services. He was a key figure when St. Vincent merged with HeartShare. He brings a long and rich experience garnered there and in other social service organizations to Seamen’s Society. Seamen’s Society is one of Staten Island’s oldest charities founded in 1846. Through the years our philosophy has not wavered and we continue to offer a safe haven for children and families to overcome life’s storms. Today we serve over 1500 children and 800 families in Staten Island and Brooklyn providing the highest quality of services in the community to strengthen and preserve families and provide them the opportunity to realize their full potential. We are committed to our mission to provide all our children with the roots and wings they need to grow.
18th Annual Scholarship Dinner
On July 8, 2015 Seamen’s Society hosted its 18th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Li Greci’s Staaten in West Brighton. Twenty four youth received scholarship awards to assist them in their pursuit of higher education. This year three more students were added to the roster of graduates since the program began in 1998. They are Felicia Coohill, graduated from Mount Saint Mary College; Ashley Rivera, graduated from SUNY Plattsburg; and Robert Williams Taylor, graduated from Russell Sage-Albany. To date, this brings the total up to 44 graduates of this special program. Funds for these scholarships are provided through the generous contributions made by individuals, foundations, businesses and community organizations. Over 115 people attended this event that included donors, recipients, past recipients, board of trustee members, Seamen’s staff and guests. The evening was full of lively conversation and heartwarming stories told by past recipients and program donors. Yasmin Miller, scholarship recipient and 2014 graduate, spoke about the merits of receiving scholarship assistance while she was attending Pace and the bond she developed with her donor (South Shore Kiwanis Club). Joe Battista, spoke on behalf of the South Shore Kiwanis Club, he has been a member of the club for over 28 years. Joe spoke about the many reasons the club has supported and been involved with Seamen’s Society. All twenty four recipients received citations of merit from Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Senator Andrew Lanza.
(Bottom row: Veronica Pettigrew, Sylvia Pericles; Second Row: Annette Angiuli, Chairman Board of Trustees of Seamen’s Society, Althea Bourne, Umartaly Clarke, Kylie Layne, Erica Howard, William Sabado, President/CEO Seamen’s Society; Third Row: Jackie Lao, Saskia Hosein, Ladream Taylor, Lysthensia Olivier, Nydia Hernandez, Jade Venson; Top Row; Kehiana London, Julius Osagiede, Cody Rivera, Gabriella Robinson)