Join Hope For Youth in celebrating
October 2, 2018 6pm-10pm
at our
Land’s End
Sayville, New York

Elizabeth Bass Golding Award

Each year Hope For Youth honors individuals who see a problem & do something to solve it! Hope For Youth was founded by Nassau County Family Court Judge Elizabeth Bass Golding who was an every day hero of her time. Almost 50 years ago she set out on a mission to help the “Lost Children” on Long Island & her legacy lives on in the work that we have continued to do! This year’s Heroes For Hope Gala recognizes individuals who are EVERY DAY HEROES & raises funds to continue the every day work of Hope For Youth.



Fred Skolnik is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Law Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP and he is a Board Member of Mentor New York. Through his passion for inspiring youth, he co-founded the LIKE (Lawyers Involved in Kids’ Education) program. This volunteer program establishes mentoring relationships between the law firm’s attorneys, staff and other volunteers with potentially “at-risk” elementary school students. It seeks to develop vocabulary and analytical skills, confidence and self-esteem in the mentees through word games and relationships. Fred has been  administering the LIKE program since 2004 and says that this experience is “the best hour of his week.”

Brian K Ziegler

Brian K. Ziegler is also a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Law Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. He is a Board Member of Mentor New York, is a past Co-Chair as well as an honoree of the organization. As a co-founder and participant in the LIKE program, Brian has inspired his colleagues to join him in supporting at-risk youth by establishing mentor relationships. Brian firmly believes that his own mentoring relationships developed over the 14 years of the LIKE program have served as positive influences on the young people he has had the privilege of meeting.

Quyen Rovner is a school social worker at Walnut Street School. Quyen works diligently to assist all youth and goes above and beyond for those who need extra support. As the program coordinator for the LIKE program for the past 14 years, she has been instrumental in guiding youth towards educational, vocational and social goals. Each year Quyen and her school co-coordinators collaborate with school staff, mentors and volunteers to provide a variety of mentoring programs and opportunities for students. Quyen and her team seek to ensure that students meet specific criteria and are placed in a mentor program that is appropriate for them. Within those programs, Quyen and her team provide social skills training to the children and meticulously match students with mentors to allow the mentor/mentee relationship to develop organically.


To read more about how mentoring can help teens click here.

Foster Parent of the Year

IMG_1214Kathy & Chuck Mertz have been foster parents for many years and since joining Hope For Youth they have been instrumental in the success of multiple youth. Kathy & Chuck listen intently when a youth’s story is shared, they prepare their home and extended family to welcome this young person, and once a child is placed they communicate regularly with the HFY team to ensure that the youth receives all the services to help them heal physically, emotionally and mentally.  Over the past year Kathy and Chuck have worked diligently and lovingly to help ensure one young girl received all the care she needed.  This included spending nights in the hospital with her, visiting regularly and advocating for her needs.  They are always right by this youth’s side supporting her & caring for her as any parent would for their child. Kathy and Chuck continuously demonstrate a true understanding of foster care and all of the unpredictable things that come with this journey. They are always open to  taking youth into their home even if they are outside of their requested age range, this can be challenging yet the Mertz are always willing to step out of their comfort zone to make sure the needs of the children are met. In addition to taking placements of their own, they come alongside other foster families to provide respite and support. This family has done an amazing job advocating for children transitioning back to their home of origin and working to rebuild healthy relationships between children in care and their families; their dedication to the children & youth that are placed in their home is inspiring. They have become every day heroes in the lives of the youth they encounter as well as mentors for new foster parents coming on board at Hope For Youth. For these and many other reasons Hope For Youth is proud to Honor Kathy and Chuck Mertz as the 2018 Foster Family of the Year.


Couldn’t join us for the event & looking to make a donation?

Electronic payment can be made by clicking here

Mail a check to our main office:
201 Dixon Ave, Amityville NY 11701

If you have any questions contact Melissa Woody 516-246-0365. 




Special Guest

Briana Stevens


We are excited to have Briana Stevens as our special guest for the 2018 Heroes For Hope Gala!

As a former youth in foster care, Briana is now a NYC Police Officer, Mother, Foster Mother & soon to be Adoptive Mother. Her story is full of ordinary people who recognized they could be an Every Day Hero! This young woman will leave you inspired to support Hope For Youth as they continue to be Heroes for Hope.

Gala Committee

Jeff Gootkin | NY Community Bank & Amityville Rotary

Debra Scala Giokas | Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP

Laurie Lindell | Hope For Youth – Volunteer

Kelly Dunne | Hope For Youth – Volunteer

Kate Travers, LCSW | Hope For Youth – Director of Program Development

Melissa Woody, MSW | Hope For Youth – Communications Coordinator

Tenaya Parchment | Hope For Youth – Development Associate


Board of Directors

Sandra Radna, Esq.

First Vice President
Anthony Cummings, Esq.

Vice President
James Wasenius

Peter Breckling

Board Members
Frank McVeigh, Harvey Brody, Mark Silverman, Esq., David Zwaik &
Annemarie Grattan, Esq.

Executive Director & CEO
Dr. David J. Hegarty


We’re sorry you couldn’t make it to this years Heroes For Hope Gala! If you would like to make a donation or want more information please contact Melissa Woody 516-246-0365

For more information about Hope For Youth visit us at
Hope For Youth is conveniently located near the Nassau/Suffolk border at:
201 Dixon Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701

Phone: (631) 691-5100