A Letter from the Chairman


Anthony Bergamo, President and Founder November 22, 2013

Dear Friends:

On behalf of each board member and personally, I congratulate all of our award recipients; welcome each and every one of you and thank you for your support.

We are completing our 26th year of service to America. Since our inception, we have funded over 4,000 grants and over 3,000 scholarships in 200 communities and 12 foreign countries.

Howard P. Milstein, Chairman/CEO of Emigrant Savings Bank has always been a major supporter of law enforcement and the foundation. As always, Howard also sponsored the VIP reception. We thank him for his support over all these years.

Vincent Palagiano, Chairman/CEO of Dime Community Bancorp, has over the years been a supporter of our mission. They funded today’s morning breakfast and awards program. Vincent previously served on our board and has always supported the foundation. We thank him for his support over all these years.

Warren Lichtenstein Chairman/CEO of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. again graciously sponsored the general reception. We thank him.

Each board member is responsible for a major financial commitment. All of them are active in numerous charities. I appreciate their efforts and friendship. Charles Merinoff serves as Treasurer and graciously, in addition to all of his support, donated the wine for today’s reception and luncheon. We thank him.

David Blumenfeld, John Catsimatidis, Charles Cohen, Jamie Coulter, David Levinson, Ronald Perelman, Howard Rubenstein, Steven Tananbaum, Zane Tankel also serve as board members. Kevin Donovan, Patrick Kelleher, Lewis Rice, Jr., Chip Smith and John Varrone serve on our advisory board. Robert A. Rosen, a board member for many years serves as a special advisor. I thank each of them.

I am deeply appreciative of all we have accomplished together because of your continued support. May God continue to bless you and our great nation.

With kindest regards.

Very truly yours,

Anthony Bergamo

Chairman