December 22, 2020

The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island Honors Outstanding Individuals for their Lifetime Commitment to Improving Lives Across Long Island; NYS Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James Awarded First Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award; World-Renowned Celebrity Chef José Andrés Joins

A Virtual Thanksgiving Gala to Celebrate Pillars in our Community and to Help Support HWCLI’s ongoing COVID-19 Response (Huntington Station, NY) – For the first time ever, the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) will be hosting its annual fundraiser virtually this year, inviting supporters to a “virtual Thanksgiving table”. New York State Attorney General Letitia
“Tish” James will be presented with HWCLI’s first annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Social Justice Award, for her steadfast commitment for advocating on behalf of New Yorker, and three leaders from the Long Island community will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards:

  • Michael Stoltz, Executive Director of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (retiring)
  • Jan Barbieri, Child Care Council of Nassau (retired)
  • Lance Elder, EAC Network (retired)

In addition to recognizing these pillars in the Long Island nonprofit community, the evening will feature special guests, including U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. We will also hear from world-renowned celebrity chef José Andrés, Founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization with whom HWCLI partnered in response to COVID-19 to provide nutritional meals to homebound seniors in Roosevelt and families in need in Huntington Station.

HWCLI will also be featuring several Long Island restaurants who are sharing their favorite fall-inspired recipes.

Several major partners have supported this event, including several sponsors:

Bank of America –
Northwell Health –

Healthfirst –
Morgan Stanley –

Adam & Renee Haber
Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers, Inc. –
Hispanic Federation –
People’s United Bank –

Association for Mental Health and Wellness –
Bethpage Federal Credit Union –
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk –
Edgewise Energy –
Intrepid Ascent –
Mental Health Association of Nassau County –
Mount Sinai –
NowPow –
PSEG Long Island –
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center –

About the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island:
For over 70 years, HWCLI has been addressing issues such as poverty, food insecurity, disaster recovery and economic stability for Long Island’s most vulnerable residents and underserved communities. The evening’s goal is to raise money to support the critical programs we offer struggling Long Islanders all year long. As Long Island’s largest convening nonprofit, we provide our partner organizations with resources, training and advocacy support while also providing vital direct services. Every day we fight for equity and equality for all Long Islanders, so our communities can thrive and prosper.

For more information about our honorees and the First Virtual Halloween Ball, call (516) 505-4423 and visit

The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island is a not for profit, health and human services planning, education, and advocacy organization that serves Long Island’s at-risk and vulnerable individuals and families.

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