Rockland Community Foundation Announces 2024 Signature Awards Reception Honorees


The Rockland Community Foundation (RCF) is proud to announce that its annual Signature Awards Reception will take place on March 28, 2024, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Atrium Area), 3 Executive Blvd, Suffern, NY. The event is designed to celebrate individuals, funds and businesses who have made a positive impact on the community through philanthropy.

This year’s honorees are:

Steven T. Breen, Community Champion of the Year

Steven is currently Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager at M&T Bank. He has dedicated much of his life to giving back to the Rockland County community through his board work at the Salvation Army of Rockland, Treasurer at VCS and the President of the Board at Bridges. He has also served as the Secretary and President of the Rockland Business Exchange and is involved with the Master Networks New City Chapter for the last 8 years. Dedicated to his family and local community, he has served as a volunteer Little League baseball coach, CYO basketball coach and has been involved in raising funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Fund for East Ramapo’s Public School Students, Fund of the Year

The Fund for East Ramapo’s Public-School Children, established by Latham & Watkins LLP, is a donor-advised charitable fund benefiting the public school students of the East Ramapo Central School District in the Hudson Valley area of New York. Over the past two years, the fund has granted more than $185,000 to local East Ramapo organizations, including CANDLE, the Gerome Momperousse Center for Education, the Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center, theNew York Civil Liberties Union, The Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon Community Partnership, VCS Inc., and Wonder Girls.

Latham & Watkins, Fundholder of the Year

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

The Fund for East Ramapo’s Public School Students was established by Latham, through the RCF, using court-awarded attorneys’ fees that were the result of the successful voting rights lawsuit against the East Ramapo Central School District.

Tickets for the event cost $150 per person and are available. Attendees are treated to cold and hot hors d’oeuvres, dessert, complimentary wine or beer; the event also includes a silent auction, prizes, and more! Information and purchases can be found at is actively seeking event sponsors as well as journal ads for the event, offering a variety of sponsorship and advertising packages. For sponsorship questions or additional information, contact Julie Sadowski,

About The Rockland Community Foundation: The Rockland Community Foundation is working to improve the quality of life in our region by increasing charitable giving. Its mission is to connect people and businesses with the causes that matter most to them through the creation of funds, across a wide range of interests, that donors create and the Foundation stewards. Community foundations put philanthropy within reach, offering the ability to establish funds that will continue to give for years to come, with tax benefits that donors can take advantage of now. Most importantly, the funds stay in the community, which means donors will see the impact of their contributions in the place they call home.

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