Gullotta House is blessed to have many supporters help it achieve its mission of helping Westchester residents in need regardless of past income. We are also lucky to be in the vibrant Ossining community where we get to interact with other dynamic individuals and other superb organizations. Recently our founder, Matthew Gullotta, along with the Ossining Micro Fund founder Dana Levenberg were interviewed by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. Read more at Sandy Galef’s site.
To all of our supporters, volunteers, organizers and leadership – thank you! In 2019, we’d been around for a scant four years but we were approved to compete for A Community Thrives Grant for $100,000 due to our effectiveness and stewardship in assisting thousands of families at our dozen or so events annually. We didn’t win, but it was an honor to compete with other reputable charities in operation many years longer than us. To find out more about our mission, read our About Us page. Read more about Gullotta House qualifying to compete for this prestigious grant in the River Journal.
Each year we’ve conducted the Escape from Sing Sing Plunge, we get more participants who raise more money and attract more coverage from local outlets. Proceeds from the Plunge help Gullotta House perform its mission of aiding residents of Westchester County who face financial or other hardships. Food, scholarships, community outings and holiday assistance are among the initiatives undertaken by our charitable organization. Consider donating to our annual Sing Sing Plunge. To learn more about the 2020 Plunge, take a read in Newsbreak, listen to the podcast on Westchester Talk Radio or watch the coverage on Westchester News 12.
The Landmark Diner had long been a fixture in the Ossining community for decades. It served as a venue for Sunday brunches, business lunches, and an after-hours hang out for Ossining High School students. Owner, Aristidis Thanos had been a frequent contributor to our efforts. When the diner burned to the ground with a sudden fire in August 2019, not only was this vibrant restaurant wrested from the community, but also a dozen employees were suddenly without a job. Within a week of the tragic fire, Gullotta House organized a fund raiser in Nelson Park gathering some $14,300 that went entirely to the affected workers. It is the generosity of the community that allow us to respond to inopportune moments of need. Consider donating to Gullotta House, giving to specific impromptu events, or to the campaigns we repeat annually. Be sure to keep apprised of possible re-opening of this historic diner here.
Read more about the fire from this article in the Patch.
All are invited to join us for the 2021 Thanksgiving dinner at St Ann’s school gym. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday November 21st, from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Gullotta House is partnering with St Ann’s, the Spring family and their friends.
Last November, Gullotta House hosted its 5th annual Turkeys for Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining. This event provided a full meal for 397 veterans, seniors and residents facing hardship. Additionally, $1,250 in gift cards and over 300 turkeys were distributed to other needy families.
With the New York City job market, stellar K-12 education system, and beautiful Hudson Valley surrounding us, living in Westchester County is indeed something to be thankful for. Our 968,000 residents enjoy a median household income approaching $95K. However, 9.44% of locals live below the poverty line which means that some 90,000 have daily financial challenges. Then there are those who have acute situations such as a sudden illness or job loss that can create a need to figure out how to put food on the table or how to pay the next month’s rent.
There are charitable organizations that help many individuals but are limited to providing assistance to only those below a certain income level. At Gullotta House, we have no such restriction and recognize that past earnings might not be relevant in a current situation. We strive to help Westchester residents in need, regardless of past income. Sometimes that can be a one-time or short-term cash gift. Other times it could be fellowship, a hot meal, or nice night out or a combination of all three.
Thanksgiving is among the most beloved of all holidays when friends, old and new, can get together, share a meal, and express gratitude for the good things in their lives. A well-cooked meal provided by loving hands can heal some rifts and get us to focus a little less on our troubles and to concentrate on other important things.
At Gullotta House, we are thankful to our many contributors, volunteers, advisors, suppliers and recipient for allowing us to do what we love – helping our neighbors in need. Keep reading throughout our website to find out how to get involved as a donor or volunteer to enable our mission of neighbors helping neighbors.
It looks like a duck. It acts like a duck. It is a duck race to make a positive impact in the lives of Westchester residents facing a hardship. Every Spring, floating down the Sing Sing Kills Brook are hundreds of rubber ducks reflecting how neighbors help neighbors in our community. This year’s race will be held on Saturday May 29th, 2021.
This event was run by the Ossining Rotary Club. After emceeing for three years, Matt Gullotta agreed to make this a Gullotta House activity. Basically, friends and family are able to make small donations in a (slightly) competitive environment. A single duck cost $10. A quack pack of five cost $50. A flock of 13 cost $100. This year’s fundraising goal is $10,000.
Our 2020 Virtual Duck Race was held May 30th on Facebook Live and was a big success. In 2020, we had a 1st prize of $1,350. Click these links to see videos of our 2017 Charity Duck Race and 2018 Duck Race on Facebook.
Don’t forget to spread the word. Challenge your friends or family members to help raise money by buying ducks. Earn bragging rights to see whose duck crosses the finish line first to become a champion on the big day! More importantly, your donations can help create memories for local youths. Our programs offer a little inspiration through cultural enrichment or eases some of the financial burden of higher education. Please consider contributing to our online fundraising activities and come out to cheer on your favorite ducks participating in the race of their life!
A wide variety of initiatives are underwritten by raising general funds. In addition, when we can, we partner with local organizations to amplify our impact. Our annual event with the Westchester Knicks is an example of just that. Over the past five years, we’ve been able to send over 1,500 children under 18 to watch a professional basketball game for free. This quality family time at this fun-filled event is one of many ways we try to contribute to our community.
Another general objective is to fund scholarships for High School students continuing their education. In recent years, the Gullotta House has awarded a dozen scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 to Ossining High School seniors who’ve matriculated to various universities, including Gettysburg, Marist, SUNY Buffalo, Northeastern, SUNY Purchase, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the University of Rhode Island, among others.
As you know, children are our greatest assets. Sometimes a small moment or a helping hand at a pivotal junction can be the difference between continuing a positive path, standing still, or heading in the wrong direction. With our duck race, we raise funds with an eye towards building kinship among our community members and investing in local youth and their well-being.
Gullotta House is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local residents. In contrast to other charitable organizations, there is no reference to past income if at the moment a family is in need.
For so many of us, sports, music, movies, books or other cultural events are early memories of time with our parents and other family members. The impetus behind Gullotta House’s partnership with the Westchester Knicks is influenced by that reality. Spending quality time with family and friends at a fun-filled event, especially in our formative years can have a lifetime imprint. Donations to Gullotta House for this event goes towards buying a free ticket for a game which includes an all you can eat buffet for children under 18 years old. In the past three years, we’ve sponsored 1,500+ attendees. Children always go free along with food and drink.
For 2020, the Nonprofit of the Night event will be held Friday, March 13th beginning at 7 p.m. The Westchester Knicks will match up against the Canton Charge. Festivities will include NY Knicks Legend Night with all types of regalia available for fans, including LJ signed Jersey, Bernard King book, Looney Tunes Jerseys, and Black History memorabilia. Adult tickets are priced at $17 and can include free admission for up to 3 kids. VIP Lounge tickets are available at $25 as well.
Affiliated with New York Knicks, the Westchester Knicks are a professional basketball team of the NBA G League. Home games are played at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. The team roster includes two-way contract players Kadeem Allen and Kenny Wooten. Players promoted from the Westchester Knicks to play at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks are Langston Galloway (2014), reigning MVP Giannis Antetokkounmpo’s brother Thanais (2015), Jimmer Fredette (2015), and Trey Burke (2017). Two other players, Chasson Randle and Nigel Hayes, received 10-day contracts with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, respectively.
Perhaps one of the most exciting promotion (from effectively the NBA’s minor league) was Jeremy Lin’s call up in 2012. Undrafted out of Harvard, Linsanity took over the metropolitan area when this point guard led the Knicks on a 7-game winning streak and became the first player to score at least 20 points and have 7 or more assists in his first five starts.
While thought of as an overnight success, the reality of the matter is Lin had a stellar high school career, was a 3-time All-Ivy player, and worked hard on his game and conditioning, both on and off the court, during the season and the off-season to chase his dreams. Somewhere, someone, gave him a helping hand and the rest is history. Here at Gullotta House, we recognize the difference between success and failure could be just that – a helping hand at a pivotal moment. We help families in need regardless of past income.
We would not be able to have such events without sponsors. This time around, our sponsors include John D. Crawford Mortuary Services, The Elks Lodge Ossining, The Westchester Bank, REY Insurance, AAA Nola, and Janet Brand of Houlihan Lawrence.
In addition to our Basketball night with the Westchester Knicks, we have four other perennial events – the Escape From Sing Sing Plunge, Liftoween, Turkeys for Thanksgiving and the Duck Race. We also have spontaneous fundraisers in response to sudden tragedies, such as the fire at the Landmark Diner in 2018 leaving workers suddenly jobless.
We are so grateful to all of our contributors, advisors, volunteers, suppliers and recipients who enable us to be of service to our community and our neighbors. If you haven’t already or would like to give more, donate or volunteer at any time.
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In 2017, Iona College Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) reached out to Gullotta House to partner in a fundraising event. Hundreds of student-athletes on intercollegiate or club teams dressed up in Halloween costumes to compete in relay races, tug of war, and obstacle courses to raise funds for local children in need.
That initial event has since become an annual tradition. Over the past three years, Gullotta House has raised over $6,300 benefitting 8 families and 20 children. It’s been a pleasure working with the Iona Gaels. Their enthusiasm and growing community activism of these students energize us and gives up confidence that their future and the future will be better because of their selflessness.
Westchester County, as a community has a relatively high median household income of $94,811. However, of its 967,612 population, 9.44% live below the poverty line. While lower than the national poverty rate of 13.1%, there are some 89,800 residents who struggle to make ends meet. That’s why organizations like Gullotta House fulfill such an important need. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with other citizens and organizations to amplify our effectiveness and to raise awareness. There are always people who might be facing a hardship that escapes our notice and there’s always the opportunity to give back to residents who might otherwise not ask for assistance.
During this time of year, others might be enjoying a horror film, trick or treating or lighting a jack o lantern. Iona Gaels will take a study break in-between midterms to shine a spotlight on community assistance during hallows eve or souls day. The trajectory from Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival to All Saints Day to consuming tons of candy is illuminated here. At Gullotta House, we strive to build a new tradition of giving at specific times during the year but also raising awareness that need is year-round and can be sudden and acute. While this is one of our favorite events – because of the pageantry, festivity, and impact – we always want to keep the focus on helping families in need, in whatever capacity we can.