Two More Students Receive Computers thanks to Business Networking Group


Two students in need recently received new computers thanks to the generosity of a business group called The Breakfast Club, a networking group with members from Rockland and Westchester. That brings the total to four since December when the group decided to help students who were struggling with school assignments due to the pandemic. The goal is to donate as many as possible over the next 12 months.

“The two recipients were filled with gratitude and the whole congregation, led by Bishop Nelson, prayed for the students and for our group. It was so inspiring,” stated Ken Meccia, President of Statewide Abstract and co-founder of The Breakfast Club. The students, Christopher Fitzgerald and Megan Manuel, received the computers on Sunday, March 28 at InnerFaith Church in Yonkers.

The Breakfast Club was founded by Robert Withers of M1 Capital and Kenneth Meccia of Statewide Abstract in 2018. Since inception the group has sought to not only network with each other but help organizations and individuals in need. Each meeting begins with a discussion of the philanthropic efforts before any business is discussed.

Past donations include a $500 donation to General Needs, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping homeless Veterans and their families. The money went to purchase 20 winter coats for Veterans. Last August, the group established a GoFundMe page for one of their members who was diagnosed with ALS raising nearly $100,000 and they have also made donations to Feeding Westchester and New Rochelle Hospital ICU.

In addition to Withers and Meccia, the members of the group include John Barrett of RM Friedland, Richard Bosco of Bosco, John & Company, CPA, P.C., Richard Flahive of Hightower Westchester, Ron Hoina, AIA LEED AP of Design Development Architects, Maria Karsou of Keller Williams, Richard Klein, Esq. of Klein Greco Law, Michael Murphy of Murphy Brothers Contracting, Ben Palancia, Albert Palancia Agency, Inc., Kathleen M. Reilly of Patriot Bank, Fenton Soliz of Federal Savings Bank, Jean Coney of Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Elissa Grayer of Elissa Grayer Interior Design, and Risa Hoag of GMG Public Relations.

The group meets every other week to share real estate and financial news. For more information contact Robert Withers at or Ken Meccia at

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