RYE - ARCS honored Hyde Park resident Carla Ramos and Pleasantville resident Alan Shapiro for their consistent support for local residents with HIV/AIDS and community spirit at its "Harvest of Hope" gala on November 3, 2012. Organizers held the event despite worries over gas shortages and continued power outages. By the end of the night, ARCS collected just as many donations as they did at last year’s event.
Carla Ramos was an obvious choice to receive a 2012 Hearts for ARCS Award. She created the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball and Fantasy Hair Show in 2011 to unite her passions for music, the beauty industry and assisting those living with HIV/AIDS. The event grew in 2012 with over 600 attendees at the sold-out hair runway show at Shadows in Poughkeepsie on September 9th. In her acceptance speech, she credited her husband Frank and her family, who were in attendance, for supporting her through her new role as a philanthropist.
Alan Shapiro was selected as one of this year’s honorees for his long-term commitment to ARCS’ food and nutrition programs. Shapiro recently conducted a food drive at the Woodlands Community Temple which netted over 160 boxes of nonperishable food for ARCS’ Westchester pantry. He has been a partner at Philips Nizer LLC in Manhattan for over twenty years and practices corporate and business law.
120 guests braved the post-Sandy roads to attend the Harvest of Hope Charity Ball at Whitby Castle in Rye, NY.