YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers' Tony Lembeck is being recognized for making an impact on World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day calls on philanthropists to make a difference and representatives recently recognized Lembeck, chief executive officer of NAI Friedland Commercial Real Estate Services in Yonkers. New York observed World AIDS Day on Dec. 4 and Lembeck received accolades from the state’s Commissioner of Health for "playing a pivotal role in the founding and operation of Camp Viva, a one-week sleep-away camp and year-round follow-up program for children and families in Westchester County affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS," according to a release. The program is run by Family Services of Westchester.
Lembeck was praised as an “Unknown Hero” and presented with the Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award for his two decades of service to Camp Viva and the families it serves.
“Tony Lembeck was instrumental in the founding and remarkable 20-year history of Camp Viva,” said officials with the commissioner’s office. “Utilizing the knowledge gleaned from his years as a camp director, Tony provided guidance in establishing a structure similar to the typical camp experience but with a therapeutic aspect to ensure the most beneficial experience for those with special needs. The Camp Viva team has been able to garner enough volunteers and private contributions to keep the program going with over 2,000 campers served.”
Lembeck, who sits on several charitable boards, also works within the business community to promote charitable giving and volunteerism.
“Volunteers are the key to our success,” Lembeck said. “The campers’ experience has always been directly related to the staff we are able to bring together.”
To volunteer this summer, or to make a donation to Camp Viva, call Mary Vinton or Gerry Goldberg with Family Services of Westchester’s Port Chester office at 914-937-2320.
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