Yonkers Brewery Friendraiser a Big Success!

Some 125 friends gathered to celebrate the opening of our small business loan client, Yonkers Brewing Company, sampling the craft beer in pints and growlers, tasting hops, playing Pong and learning about the ways alternative lenders like Community Capital help small businesses like John and Nick’s to launch, grow and hire. Thanks to all who attended and brought guests, to X20’s Peter Kelly for presenting the “Blood, Sweat and Beers” award for entrepreneurship to the owners of Yonkers Brewing Company, and thanks especially to our board chair Lee Lasberg and Key Bank’s president Ruth Mahoney for co-hosting, and to our Board Members Paul Weisenfeld, Anna Georgiou and Bruce Kaminstein who helped seed our Pong game with some wonderful prizes. And a big thank you to sponsors Key Bank and NYBDC!

Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and Community Capital Board Member Sadie McKeown, Executive Vice President, The Community Preservation Corporation

Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and Community Capital Board Member Sadie McKeown, Executive Vice President, The Community Preservation Corporation

Key Bank’s Ruth Mahoney, X20’s Peter Kelly, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, Yonkers Brewing Co. co-owner, Nick Califano; Westchester County IDA Executive Director Jim Coleman

Key Bank’s Ruth Mahoney, X20’s Peter Kelly, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, Yonkers Brewing Co. co-owner, Nick Califano; Westchester County IDA Executive Director Jim Coleman

X20’s Peter Kelly presenting Nick Califano of  Yonkers Brewing Company with a “Blood, Sweat and Beers” award for persistent entrepreneurship!

X20’s Peter Kelly presenting Nick Califano of Yonkers Brewing Company with a “Blood, Sweat and Beers” award for persistent entrepreneurship!

Westhab’s Ken Spillberg and Community Capital’s Housing Development Manager Sabine Werner

Westhab’s Ken Spillberg and Community Capital’s Housing Development Manager Sabine Werner

Community Capital Board Member Ned Quinn, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Private Bank, and our Executive Director Kim Jacobs.

Community Capital Board Member Ned Quinn, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Private Bank, and our Executive Director Kim Jacobs.

Community Capital’s small business loan client Anthony Bailey, of 24/7, a computer serving agency, 000, Manuel Carreia of Thompkins Mahopac Bank, and 0000.

Community Capital’s small business loan client Anthony Bailey, of 24/7, a computer serving agency, Manuel Carreia of Thompkins Mahopac Bank.

Jonathan Litt and Landon Cole of Kohl Construction Group with Yonkers Brewing Company owner Nick Califano

Jonathan Litt and Landon Cole of Kohl Construction Group with Yonkers Brewing Company owner Nick Califano

Juddge Charley Wood, Pong champion and Yankee Tickets winner.

Juddge Charley Wood, Pong champion and Yankee Tickets winner.

Jonathan Rosen and Jane Veron – do we have affiliations for these folks.

Jonathan Rosen, founder of Collaberex, and Jane Veron, founder of The Accelerator Project.

Alba Guevara, Director of CDBG grants for the City of Yonkers  and Martha Soto, from the Yonkers Department of Planning and Development.

Alba Guevara, Director of CDBG grants for the City of Yonkers and Martha Soto, from the Yonkers Department of Planning and Development.

Westchester County Legislator Ben Boykin, Community Capital Executive Director Kim Jacobs and legislative aide Lucy Ortiz

Westchester County Legislator Ben Boykin, Community Capital Executive Director Kim Jacobs and legislative aide Lucy Ortiz

Prime Pay’s Bill Baydoun and Bill Zeboris, partner, Citrin Cooperman.

Prime Pay’s Bill Baydoun and Bill Zeboris, partner, Citrin Cooperman.

Hors d’oeuvres a hit!: Brussel Sprouts and Guinness bacon bits. The Yonkers Brewing Company incorporates their beers and craft ales into their recipes.

Hors d’oeuvres a hit!: Brussel Sprouts and Guinness bacon bits. The Yonkers Brewing Company incorporates their beers and craft ales into their recipes.

Community Capital’s finance officer Carol Danziger and Executive Director Kim Jacobs with Uzair Ahmed. As a Yonkers High School student, Uzair saved $500 and received an 8:1 match, $4000, which he used to buy a laptop and books when he enrolled in the biomedical engineering program at the City College of New York. He’s now working fulltime in the Research and Development department of health care company Siemens, in Tarrytown.

Community Capital’s finance officer Carol Danziger and Executive Director Kim Jacobs with Uzair Ahmed. As a Yonkers High School student, Uzair saved $500 and received an 8:1 match, $4000, which he used to buy a laptop and books when he enrolled in the biomedical engineering program at the City College of New York. He’s now working fulltime in the Research and Development department of health care company Siemens, in Tarrytown.

Jackie Rubbo pouring a draft of one of the many craft brews at Yonkers Brewing Company.

Jackie Rubbo pouring a draft of one of the many craft brews at Yonkers Brewing Company.

Board Member Warner Fite and his wife Melpo.

Board Member Warner Fite and his wife Melpo.

Jonathan Litt of Kohl Construction, Jonathan Rosen, founder of Collaberex, Community Capital’s Business Development Manager Holly Perlowitz, and our small business loan clients Zamira and Elvis Cutra, of VaZa Hair Salon in Ossining.

Jonathan Litt of Kohl Construction, Jonathan Rosen, founder of Collaberex, Community Capital’s Business Development Manager Holly Perlowitz, and our small business loan clients Zamira and Elvis Cutra, of VaZa Hair Salon in Ossining.

Key Bank President Ruth Mahoney.

Key Bank President Ruth Mahoney.

Holly Perlowitz, Community Capital’s Business Development Manager, with our small business loan clients Anthony Bailey of 24/7 Tech Solutions and Ross Toombs, of South African wine importer Meridien Prime.

Holly Perlowitz, Community Capital’s Business Development Manager, with our small business loan clients Anthony Bailey of 24/7 Tech Solutions and Ross Toombs, of South African wine importer Meridien Prime.

Katie LoCosa, of Morgan Stanley, and husband Tom.

Katie LoCosa, of Morgan Stanley, and husband Tom.

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Community Capital Board Chair Lee Lasberg, Jackie Rubbo and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett.

Community Capital Board Chair Lee Lasberg, Jackie Rubbo and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett.

Judge Charley Wood and Mickey Merrigan.

Judge Charley Wood and Mickey Merrigan.

Community Capital Board Chair Lee Lasberg and John Tolomer, President of The Westchester Bank.

Community Capital Board Chair Lee Lasberg and John Tolomer, President of The Westchester Bank.

Community Capital Board Members Ned Quinn, center, and Bill Merz, right with his wife Shannon, mingle in a crowd of 125.

Community Capital Board Members Ned Quinn, center, and Bill Merz, right with his wife Shannon, mingle in a crowd of 125.

TD Bank’s Shaun Asbury and Community Capital Board Member Paul Weisenfeld.

TD Bank’s Shaun Asbury and Community Capital Board Member Paul Weisenfeld.

Community Capital’s ED Kim Jacobs joins Elvis and Zamira Cutra, small business loan clients and owners of VaZa Salon in Ossining, and Manuel Correia of Thompkins Mahopac Bank,  000 and 000.

Community Capital’s ED Kim Jacobs joins Elvis and Zamira Cutra, small business loan clients and owners of VaZa Salon in Ossining, and Manuel Correia of Thompkins Mahopac Bank, 000 and 000.

Wiley Harrison, our small business loan client Rick Waters of OMunky, and Community Capital Business Development Manager Holly Perlowitz.

Wiley Harrison, our small business loan client Rick Waters of OMunky, and Community Capital Business Development Manager Holly Perlowitz.

Morgan Stanley’s Ken Rosen and Marc Montaldo play Pong as Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams and Steve Breen look on.

Morgan Stanley’s Ken Rosen and Marc Montaldo play Pong as Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams and Steve Breen look on.

Tom McHale of NYBDC, Leah Caro of Bronxville Real Estate, Cathleen Stack of The Daily Voice, and Ross Toombs, owner of Meridian Prime, a Community Capital small business loan client.

Tom McHale of NYBDC, Leah Caro of Bronxville Real Estate, Cathleen Stack of The Daily Voice, and Ross Toombs, owner of Meridian Prime, a Community Capital small business loan client.

Diane Walker and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker.

Diane Walker and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker.

Lisa Summo and Paul Fernandez, of The Westchester Bank with Yonkers Brewing Co’s Nick Califano.

Lisa Summo and Paul Fernandez, of The Westchester Bank with Yonkers Brewing Co’s Nick Califano.

Community Capital Board Members Dick Hecht, board chair Lee Lasberg, Westhab’s Rich Nightingale and wife Alexis.

Community Capital Board Members Dick Hecht, board chair Lee Lasberg, Westhab’s Rich Nightingale and wife Alexis.

Brew Tours
Wiley Harrison, Community Capital small business loan client Marvin Vasquez of Multi Media Marketing in Yonkers, Franklin Vasquez and Manuel Correia, both of Tompkins Mahopac Bank.

Wiley Harrison, Community Capital small business loan client Marvin Vasquez of Multi Media Marketing in Yonkers, Franklin Vasquez and Manuel Correia, both of Tompkins Mahopac Bank.

County Legislator Lyndon Williams playing Pong with Community Capital New York’s Executive Director Kim Jacobs facilitating!

County Legislator Lyndon Williams playing Pong with Community Capital New York’s Executive Director Kim Jacobs facilitating!

Key Bank’s Denise Povolny, Aleks Roemig, Diane Wilhelm and Jamie O’Connell.

Key Bank’s Denise Povolny, Aleks Roemig, Diane Wilhelm and Jamie O’Connell.

Goodie bags
Doug Olcott and Rafael Cestero of The Community Preservation Company

Doug Olcott and Rafael Cestero of The Community Preservation Company

Bob Pincus, of Phipps Housing, Community Capital’s Sabine Werner and Community Capital Board Member Dick Hecht.

Bob Pincus, of Phipps Housing, Community Capital’s Sabine Werner and Community Capital Board Member Dick Hecht.

Lindsay Patwich, Jill Wollman and Sydney Schwab, of Gumley Haft

Lindsay Patwich, Jill Wollman and Sydney Schwab, of Gumley Haft

Westchester County Legislators Catherine Borgia and Ben Boykin.

Westchester County Legislators Catherine Borgia and Ben Boykin.

Steve Breen with his Casabella prize!

Steve Breen with his Casabella prize!

Diane Walker, Legislative aide to Weschester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz.

Diane Walker, Legislative aide to Weschester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz.

Bill Cuddy Jr, Executive Vice President of CBRE, and Dan Pozin, Partner, McCarthy Fingar.

Bill Cuddy Jr, Executive Vice President of CBRE, and Dan Pozin, Partner, McCarthy Fingar.

Community Capital’s small business loan client, Marvin Vasquez, based in Yonkers, with Brewery owner Nick Califano and Thompkins Mahopac’s Manuel Carreia on a Brewery Tour.

Community Capital’s small business loan client, Marvin Vasquez, based in Yonkers, with Brewery owner Nick Califano and Thompkins Mahopac’s Manuel Carreia on a Brewery Tour.

Bill Zeboris, partner, Citrin Cooperman and Richard Stern, Senior Vice President Bank of America.

Ken Belfer of Westhab, Bill Zeboris, partner, Citrin Cooperman and Richard Stern, Senior Vice President Bank of America.

Community Capital New York’s Executive Director Kim Jacobs.

Community Capital New York’s Executive Director Kim Jacobs.

Felipe Silva, a member of Community Capital’s Small Business Loan Committee, Fernando Ahumada, and Key Bank’s Fred Swint.

Felipe Silva, a member of Community Capital’s Small Business Loan Committee, Fernando Ahumada, and Key Bank’s Fred Swint.

Yonkers Brewing Company owner Nick Califano in the midst of the crowd at the celebratory event last Tuesday.

Yonkers Brewing Company owner Nick Califano in the midst of the crowd at the celebratory event last Tuesday.

Community Capital’s Holly Perlowitz and Fernando Ahumada, the small business development team that made Nick Califano’s mission of opening a brewery in Yonkers a reality.

Community Capital’s Holly Perlowitz and Fernando Ahumada, the small business development team that made Nick Califano’s mission of opening a brewery in Yonkers a reality.

Heading up our “Pong Team” Community Capital’s finance officer Carol Danziger and volunteer, daughter Sam.

Heading up our “Pong Team” Community Capital’s finance officer Carol Danziger and volunteer, daughter Sam.

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SBAA’s Sandy Wollman playing Pong.

SBAA’s Sandy Wollman playing Pong.

Housing Action Council Executive Director Rose Noonan at Pong.

Housing Action Council Executive Director Rose Noonan at Pong.