Guidance Center Raises Over $63,000 at Spring Luncheon

Guidance Center Raises Over $63,000 at Spring Luncheon

Roslyn Heights, NY, April 28, 2017On April 27,  North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center held its Annual Spring Luncheon at Glen Head Country Club, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Cynthia Pizzulli, a renowned psychotherapist, lecturer and adolescent parenting expert. The event was attended by 200 people and made more than $63,000 to support the important work of the Guidance Center.

Guests began the day playing Mahjong and Canasta and then shopped at the event’s many boutiques, featuring some of Long Island’s trendiest and most charitable small business owners. Fine Jewelry, housewares, and designer purses were just some of the many items for sale.

At the delicious luncheon buffet, attendees were riveted by Dr. Pizzulli who spoke about the pros and cons of social media for teens. “I have good news,” said Dr. Pizzulli. “Your tweens and teens are not doomed because they use social media. The key is to teach them healthy boundaries, so they don’t act impulsively and post anything too personal or inappropriate.”

Dr. Pizzulli was introduced by Jaci Clement, who moderated the discussion following Dr. Pizzulli’s presentation.

Clement is a media expert with more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She is executive director of the Fair Media Council, a New York metro area media watch organization. In supporting our message of removing stigma, Clement said, “The more we can do to raise awareness of mental illness, the faster we can retire the stigmas associated with it and people can get the help they need and deserve. The Guidance Center has built an exceptional legacy of caring for this community, and that’s something that can only be accomplished when the people involved are pure of heart and steadfast in spirit.”

Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director of the Guidance Center, said, “I was very impressed with Dr. Pizzulli’s presentation and also the questions from the audience. We all need to be aware of both the benefits and dangers to our children and teens of social media, and she provided excellent guidance to help parents navigate this new world.”

The event was a huge success due in part to the support of some very generous sponsors including: Jill Berman, Amy Cantor, Rita Castagna, Ruth Fortunoff Cooper, Flushing Bank, Joan Grant, iThrive, Klipper Family Foundation, Jack & Dorothy Kupferberg Family Foundation, Andrea Leeds, Marion & Irving Levine, Power Travel, Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP, Cynthia Rubinberg, Alexis Siegel, Signature Bank, South Oaks Hospital, Lisa Strauss, Baker Tilly and Carol & Arnold Wolowitz Foundation.

About Us:

As the preeminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children (from birth – age 24) and their families. Our highly trained staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and

other mental health professionals lead the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy. The Guidance Center helps children and families address issues such as depression and anxiety; developmental delays; bullying; teen pregnancy; sexual abuse; teen drug and alcohol abuse; and family crises stemming from illness, death, trauma and divorce. For more than 60 years, the Guidance Center has been a place of hope and healing, providing innovative and compassionate treatment to all who enter our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the Guidance Center, visit or call (516) 626-1971.