Mollica-Whitely named Executive Director at Silo Ridge Community Foundation
AMENIA — The Silo Ridge Community Foundation (SRCF) and Amenia-Wassaic Community Organization (AWCO) announced in early November the appointment of Danielle M. Mollica-Whitely to the position of Executive Director.
“With deep roots in the community,” the foundations said, “Danielle brings years of nonprofit experience and has many community awards for her charitable efforts.”
Mollica-Whitely said, “I am thrilled to be part of such a highly motivated team, a tight knit community and look forward to executing the mission of the AWCO/SRCF for the greater good of the children, families and business that cohabitate in this beautiful area of the Hudson Valley.”
Mollica-Whitely is a native of the Hudson Valley; she lives in Millbrook. She is the proud mother of Dominick, 15. And when she has time, she enjoys travel, horses, and spending time with her family. She also manages to find the time to take on challenges of all sorts, including running marathons, such as the 2015 London marathon to raise money for children’s cancer. Her energy is legendary, as is her desire to help those less fortunate, and to help communities to express the very best of themselves.
SRCF provides grants in the areas of arts, education, community services and conservation to nonprofit organizations and qualifying government agencies such as libraries and school. No loans or grants are made to individuals. there are two grant cycles per year and each entity can apply once per year; the deadlines occur on May 1 and Nov. 15.
AWCO supports community endeavors such as Webutuck Little League, the Wassaic Summer Project Benefit, Angels of Light, which formerly provided Christmas to sick children and their families but now provides help year round to those in need, and Lucky Orphans, a horse rescue operation which fosters healing between horses and humans.
Mollica-Whitely has been president of Angels of Light for the past two years; she’s been with them since 2015 and works to see that sick and needy children and their families get the help they require, which can include medical expenses, but also living expenses when necessary.
Mollica-Whitely has been active in public relations for many years, as well as in community outreach for Central Hudson Gas and Electric, where she closed the gap between the company and the community. She has also worked in hospitality, industry, event planning, as evidenced by the many Angels of Light galas and events she has executed over the years, and is co-founder of a restaurant, 82 BBQ.
Her skills will soon be witnessed at the upcoming Amenia’s 11th Annual Celebration of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 4. It promises to be the best in years, with food, festivities and a showing the film “Polar Express.”