Three people will be honored this month for making a difference in education and the lives of children.
The Somers Education Foundation plans to induct them into its Hall of Fame at its “A Touch of Red...and Silver” event, set for Friday, March 27.
The organization is marking its 25th, or silver, anniversary.
The gala fundraiser will take place from 7-10 p.m. at Elevate Event Lounge on Front Street in Yorktown Heights.
The honorees are Jeff Feldman, Doreen Stoecker and Dominic Veltri.
Peekskill native Feldman and his wife, Sharon, have lived in Somers for nearly 30 years. Their three children—Andrew, Jordan and Aaron—are all Somers High School graduates. Feldman mentors New York City High School students through programs sponsored by the Hunts Point Alliance for Children and Pencil. He also volunteers for an independent
organization known as Changing the Conversation Together.
Feldman, a member of the Somers Education Foundation for 20 years, has coached Somers kids in soccer and basketball. He chaired the organization’s annual Golf Outing and the Harlem Wizards basketball game and was co-chair of its Grants Committee and a member of its Scholarship Committee.
A Walter Panas High School grad, Feldman got his degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Syracuse University. A real estate attorney since 1982, he is co-general counsel at L&M Development Partners Inc. in Larchmont. He also has served on the Board of Trustees of the First Hebrew Congregation of Peekskill.
Stoecker, who has worked in the special education field for more than 20 years, started out as a teacher in North Carolina. The St. Bonaventure University grad moved back to New York in 2000 and taught at the Westchester Exceptional Children’s School in North Salem.
In 2004, after completing her master’s degree, she took a job at Somers High School, where she has since held several key positions, ranging from one with the first Special Class Instructional Program to teaching in the resource room. The district’s work-based learning coordinator and transition specialist also advises the Student Council.
She and her husband, Jerry, have two children in the Somers Middle School, Parker and Jack.
Veltri volunteers for many local organizations, including the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), where he has been a coach for more than 15 years. He also served as a board member, helped organize and run the indoor soccer program for its first eight years, and coached boys’ and girls’ recreational teams and travel soccer teams for both AYSO and FC Somers.
Veltri has also been Boy Scout leader for Troop 376. He became an active member of the Troop Committee and then became its chairperson.
Born in Italy, he came to the United States when just a toddler. He grew up in Mount Vernon, graduated from Iona Prep High School and then Manhattan College, where he received degrees in engineering. He earned his MBA from Long Island University.
The licensed professional engineer has lived in Somers since 1994. He manages a global engineering department for Verizon.
Veltri has two children: Nicole, a Somers High School grad; and Dominic, who is getting ready to graduate this year.
To register for the gala, visit https://www.sefny.org/red/. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 20.
For more information, visit SEF’s website at www.sefny.org, email email@example.com, or contact SEF president Glenn Hintze at 914-582-7698.