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Light Up the Night with ANDRUS

Light Up the Night with ANDRUS

Two Luminary Couples to be Honored

Soccer Legend Claudio and Danielle Reyna Philanthropists Tom and Helen Welling

Friday Evening, November 13th, at Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

WESTCHESTER, NY, November 2, 2015 – Doing good is a collaborative effort. Appropriately, two luminary couples will be honored during ANDRUS’s Light Up the Night (LUTN) Gala on Friday, November 13th at Hudson Valley’s Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown with catering by Abigail Kirsch. Both sets of honorees have greatly impacted the lives of children. The LUTN Auction will benefit ANDRUS’ Animal-Assisted Therapy Program.

What: ANDRUS Benefit Celebration – Light Up the Night
Auction to benefit ANDRUS’ Animal-Assisted Therapy Program

Who: Honorees: Claudio and Danielle Reyna
Honorees: Tom and Helen Welling,

Benefit Co-Chairs: Jennifer and Peter Bye of Bedford, NY; Nicola Mullen of Bronxville, NY; and Emily Wygod of Bedford, NY.

When: Friday, November 13, 2015, 6-10pm
6-7pm – Cocktail Reception
7-10pm – Awards Dinner & Presentations

Where: Tappan Hill Mansion, 81 Highland Ave, Tarrytown, New York

Tickets: $450; Sponsorships begin at $1,200. For info, Judy Wood, 914-965-3700 x1318

Please reserve tickets by November 6.

Two-time Olympian, four-time World Cup champion and U.S National Soccer Hall of Famer, Claudio Reyna and his wife, Danielle, a four time NCAA champion herself, know a thing or two about winning outcomes in sports. The Reyna’s, through their Claudio Reyna Foundation, use sports to help inner city youth fight poverty and obesity by encouraging and developing their interest in playing soccer.

Tom and Helen Welling’s committed service to young adults in the community took a more personal turn when they established a series of lectures, fellowships, scholarships and other philanthropic endeavors to honor the memory of their daughter, Kate. Their continued support for youth in the Westchester community has positively impacted higher education opportunities.

At this year’s benefit, a special auction will be held to help raise funds for ANDRUS’s Animal-Assisted Therapy which helps children, and even staff, cope with their stress and anxiety. Research suggests there is great benefit to using animals of any type in therapeutic environments. Incorporating animals into therapy can assist in decreasing aggression and negative self-image while increasing cooperative behavior, empathy and social relatedness. Three adorable alpacas are the newest addition to the expanding Animal-Assisted Therapy Program.


Honorees Claudio and Danielle Reyna of Bedford have combined their passion for soccer with their passion for children’s welfare. Claudio, veteran of two Olympics, four World Cups, and U.S National Soccer Hall of Famer, serves as Director of Football Operations for the New York City Football Club. Danielle, a four-time NCAA championship winner at the University of North Carolina, played for the Senior Women’s Soccer Team. The Reynas launched the Claudio Reyna Foundation in 2008 to improve the lives of inner-city youth in low-income communities, fighting poverty and childhood obesity by nurturing, encouraging and developing the sport of soccer. In all aspects of their lives, including as parents to their four children – Gio, Joah, Carolina and Jack, who lost his battle with cancer more than three years ago – Danielle and Claudio live the values of loyalty, inclusion, service and hope. We are inspired by the Reynas’ generosity of spirit and their dedication to improving the quality of life for so many.

Honorees Tom and Helen Welling: of Bronxville are very active in their community. Tom serves on the New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital Board, is Chairman of the Lawrence Community Health Services Board and is on the Bronxville Historical Conservancy Board. Previous board service includes the Bronxville Public Library, the Stellaris Health System, Siwanoy Country Club, and Search for Change. Helen serves on the Fund Board of the Bereavement Center of Westchester and is a facilitator in BCW’s Tree House Program. Other affiliations include the Westchester Institute for Human Development, Jansen Hospice and Graham Windham, and the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Westchester. The Wellings committed service to others took a more personal turn when they established the Kate Welling Disability Awareness Lecture Series and the Kate Welling Distinguished Scholar in Disability Studies position at Miami University, a Summer Fellowship at Brooklyn Law School and a Scholarship to the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College in memory of their daughter Kate, who died in 2005. It is our privilege to recognize the Wellings for their special and sustained support for our community.

About ANDRUS: ANDRUS nurtures social and emotional well-being in children and their families by delivering a broad range of vital services and by providing research, training and innovative program models that promotes standards of excellence for professional performance in and beyond its service community.

Founded in 1928, ANDRUS is a family-centered organization with programs on its 107-acre campus, in schools and within community-based settings throughout Westchester County. The nonprofit reaches almost 4,000 children and families each year from the New York Metropolitan area. Andrus also operates the Andrus Center for Learning and Innovation (ACLI) and The ANDRUS Sanctuary Institute, which has provided training and consultation to over 300 organizations worldwide in the use of a trauma-sensitive model for treatment and organizational change. Visit to learn more