MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Yorktown's Tricy Cushner will be given a Community Service Award by the Justin Veatch Fund on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Putnam Golf Course in Mahopac. The fund, which awards scholarships to musically inclined high school students, will be given out at its Music for a Winter's Night fundraiser.
Cushner is well-known in Yorktown for her advocacy for youth safety. She joined the executive board of Alliance for Safe Kids in Yorktown in 2006 and volunteered as president and CEO of that organization for 12 years. She now serves as its board president. Cushner also serves as president of YOUnited, Inc., which serves non-profits in Yorktown, and she is also the scholarship chair for Yorktown Lions Club.
The Justin Veatch Fund began awarding $1,000 music scholarships in 2009 and to date has awarded 35 of them. This June, it will present at least six more to graduating high school seniors from area high schools, including one honoring the late Al Capellini, a former Yorktown supervisor.
Entertainment for the January 12th event will be provided by the Class Action band and there will also be performances by former scholarship winners. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
In addition to awarding annual music scholarships, the Justin Veatch Fund provides mentoring for teen musicians and creates programs on teen drug abuse prevention. The fund was created following the accidental drug overdose death of Justin Veatch, a musically talented Yorktown High School senior, in 2008. Jeffrey Veatch, Justin's father, has presented his multimedia talk, “A Message from Justin,” to thousands of students in the greater New York region and the Veatch story is told in the documentary film, “Whispering Spirits.”