O&R's Neil Winter Honored for Pandemic Service as People to People's Board Chair
Rockland’s preeminent food pantry paid tribute Thursday night (May 26) to Orange & Rockland’s (O&R) Director of Regional and Community Affairs Neil Winter for his outstanding leadership as Chair of People to People’s Board of Directors during the two-year-long COVID-19 public health crisis, one of the most challenging periods in the organization’s history.
Winter was honored with Adam and Denise Lipson, philanthropic leaders in the Rockland community and beyond, and Dr. Mark Geller and Trish Geller, activists in a wide array of community-focused activities. Dr. Geller is the CEO of Montefiore Nyack Hospital.
The tribute was the cornerstone of “Down the Shore: A Party for People to People,” the organization’s largest annual fund raiser, at the Pearl River Hilton on May 26.
“With more than 31,000 Rockland residents experiencing food insecurity, ‘Down the Shore’ is one small step in the many efforts for People to People to alleviate hunger,” said Diane Serratore, People to People’s Chief Executive Officer.
She added, “Neil was elected People to People Board Chairman in February 2020. Then came COVID-19. Neil’s focused and calm leadership helped guide People to People through very challenging times. Neil is not only a Friend of People to People – he is part of the heart of the organization.”
In accepting his recognition, Winter said, “Last year, People to People served over 1.1 million meals in this tiny County of Rockland. Think about that for a minute? Could the problem of hunger really be that big in a county such as ours? Yes. It is.”
He added, “So, we are all gathered here tonight as Friends of People to People. That friendship will help a child, a single parent or a veteran receive the nutrition they need in a way that is respectful, dependable and dignified.”
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.