NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle will honor the memory of Janifer Lighten during an awards ceremony and luncheon on Saturday, May 31.
"As a wife, mother, sister, friend and philanthropist, Janifer Lynn Lighten had a positive impact on everyone she touched," representatives said in a press release. Lighten, a former Wall Street banker turned full-time wife and mother of four to Adrienne, Alexis, Christopher and Michael, was "renowned for giving back," representatives said.
"In light of her commitment to excellence and vast contributions to the community, the Lighten family and Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle joyfully announce the establishment of the Janifer Lynn Lighten Leadership Awards," representatives said in the release.
The Janifer Lynn Lighten Leadership Awards are set for May 31 at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle.
"She focused her formidable talents on serving her alma mater, Yale University, as well as local organizations in the nonprofit sector in her beloved community of New Rochelle," representatives said. "Mrs. Lighten was the inaugural president and chair of the Yale Black Alumni Association. Additionally, she dutifully served numerous organizations in her community, including the board of the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, which positively impacts 2,000 local children each year."
Lighten founded the Remington Leadership Financial Literacy Program at the Remington Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. She also served on the Head of School Committee and the executive board of the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, her children’s secondary school.
“Janifer firmly believed that the road to success is paved with hard work, perseverance and excellence," said Quay Watkins, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. "Her commitment to our club and its kids was unparalleled. The positive impact of her energy and efforts will be felt for years to come.”
For more information about Janifer Lighten Leadership Awards, contact Rudy Breedy, chief development officer, at 235-3736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.