United Way honors Dr. Daniel Aronzon as well as key volunteers and organizations at “Celebration of Service Event: A CommUNITY United” benefit dinner on April 6th

Join United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region on Wednesday, April 6th, when it will celebrate the successful conclusion of its 2015 Campaign for the Common Good with the “Celebration of Service: A CommUNITY United” Awards benefit dinner. United Way will recognize key members of the Hudson Valley community, including volunteers, donors, community partners, and sponsors as well as long-time volunteer and community leader, Dr. Daniel Aronzon, the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award.

“Dr. Daniel Aronzon has been a leader in healthcare his entire life,” stated Barry Rothfeld, Chairman of United Way’s Board of Directors. “Danny makes a real difference in people’s lives, both professionally and through his innumerable volunteer activities in our community. He served on United Way’s Board of Directors, but that’s just one reason out of many that we’ve chosen to honor him with the Distinguished Leadership Award.”

Beloved Hudson Valley pediatrician, founding partner of The Children’s Medical Group, and former President & CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center Dr. Daniel Aronzon is the second person to receive United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Distinguished Leadership Award. In addition to Dr. Aronzon, United Way will recognize area top businesses including C&S Wholesale Grocers, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp, IBM Corporation, Orange & Rockland Utilities, United Parcel Service, among many others; nonprofit organizations including Astor Services for Children & Families, Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County, and Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.; as well as volunteers who have made the 2015 Campaign for the Common Good a success.

“The Celebration of Service is our way of recognizing and thanking the thousands of area residents who make charitable gifts to the United Way individually and through their workplace campaigns during the Campaign for the Common Good,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “United Way could not accomplish its mission to build a stronger and healthier community without the support of these many dedicated volunteers, businesses and nonprofits. It is an honor to celebrate those who go above and beyond the call of duty in service to our community.”  

United Way is grateful to acknowledge the support of the top event sponsors: AJ Ross Creative Media, Poughkeepsie Journal (Presenting Sponsors), IBM Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Orange & Rockland Utilities (Platinum Sponsors), Orange County Trust (Gold Sponsor), and Adams Fairacre Farms (Silver Sponsor).

The “Celebration of Service: A CommUNITY United” benefit awards dinner will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and nonprofit showcase, featuring representatives from Orange and Dutchess nonprofit organizations.  A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at 7:00pm and concludes at 9:00pm. The event will be held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Tickets are $125/person and may be purchased online at www.uwdor.org/celebration2016. Tables also are available. Please call Michelle Nepton at (845) 471-1900 EXT. 3115 for information.

Distinguished Leadership Award: Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD, FAAP

Daniel Z. Aronzon, M.D., F.A.A.P. is a Cum Laude graduate of Union College, where he majored in French Literature. He received his medical degree at New York Medical College and completed his Pediatric Residency including a fourth year Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Jacobi Hospital Center.

He joined the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Pediatric Emergency Service at Bellevue Hospital Center, one of the largest services of its kind in the country, and Associate Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care. At the medical school, he was recognized by the class of 1979 as its “Distinguished Teacher.”

Dr. Aronzon joined a private pediatric practice in Poughkeepsie, New York, and practiced general pediatrics for 22 years. The practice grew into The Children’s Medical Group, one of the largest and most recognized practices in the Northeast encompassing 7 offices, 23 pediatricians and over 110,000 patient visits each year. Dr. Aronzon was one of Children’s Medical Group’s founding partners and its first Medical Director.

Dr. Aronzon joined the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in 1979 and over the years became involved in Medical Staff Governance at Vassar serving as chairman of the By Laws, Credentials, and Quality Improvement Committees. He was elected to multiple terms as President of the Medical and Dental Staff.

He is the co-author of a comprehensive multidisciplinary text in Pediatric Medicine entitled Primary Care Pediatrics, published in 2001 by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Dr. Aronzon previously served as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a 365-bed acute care facility and the regional referral center for the Mid Hudson Valley, and concurrently as Chief Medical Officer for Health Quest, its parent system.

In 2004, he became President and CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a position he held through 2011. As CEO, Dr. Aronzon led the medical center through a period of unprecedented facility, market share and revenue growth and under his stewardship, Vassar earned national recognition and awards in the areas of clinical excellence and patient safety. In recognition for his contributions, the Medical Center's Board of Trustees named its new surgery center the Daniel Z. Aronzon MD Center for Ambulatory Surgery.

Dr. Aronzon is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the American College of Physician Executives.

In the community Dr. Aronzon has been a long standing member of the Poughkeepsie Rotary Club, where he organized a countywide childhood immunization effort that achieved statewide recognition. He has served as a member of the Board at the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the March of Dimes, and the Board of Rehabilitation Programs Inc, where he developed the region’s first infant screening program for high-risk graduates of neonatal intensive care units. He is also a past board member for the local chapters of the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association as well as Pattern for Progress and SPARC. He is the past Chair of the Board of Governors of United Way of Dutchess County, and past trustee of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and Miles of Hope, a breast cancer support organization. On a national level, he has served on the Pediatric Advisory Council for the Anne E. Dyson Initiative, a collaborative venture between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Dyson Foundation. He currently chairs Marist College’s Pre-Health Advisory Board and the Medical Advisory Board of the Vassar College Haiti Project. He also serves on the Board of Walkway Over the Hudson.

Dr. Aronzon was the 2009 inaugural recipient of the Bernard Handel Community Service Award, given by Dutchess Community College to foster leadership in the not- for-profit arena and has been honored with numerous other service awards from organizations such as the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Mill Street Loft, Jewish Community Center, Children’s Dream Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Heal the Children, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the Red Cross of the Mid Hudson Valley. The American College of Health Care Executives honored him with its Regent’s Award for excellence in health care management. In 2014, Pattern for Progress honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Vassar Brothers Medical Center honored him as a Diamond Gala Honoree in 2015.

Dr. Aronzon has also participated in numerous medical missions to Colombia, South America with Healing the Children. 

2015 Campaign for the Common Good

Through its annual Campaign for the Common Good, United Way raises funds for the Community Fund that are granted to local nonprofit organizations as they work together to assist people in need. In 2014-15, thanks to the tremendous generosity of residents of Dutchess and Orange counties, United Way touched the lives of more than 101,000 of our friends and neighbors -- the equivalent of 1 in 7 residents of Dutchess and Orange ― through funds granted to its nonprofit partner organizations.  

Each year the United Way celebrates the individuals and organizations key to the success of the Campaign for the Common Good. These include:

Top Campaign Awards:

·         Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

·         C&S Wholesale Grocers

·         IBM Corporation

·         Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.

·         United Parcel Service

Top Employee Commitment Awards:

·         Orange County Partnership

·         Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell, LLP

Top Growth Awards:

·         Adams Fairacre Farms

·         Newburgh Enlarged City School District

·         Orange County Trust Company

Nonprofit Partner Spotlight Awards:

·         Education: Astor Services for Children & Families

·         Income: Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County

·         Health: Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.

Business Leadership Awards:

·         Finance: TD Bank

·         Business: Package Pavement

·         Education:

Colleges: Marist College

Schools: Rhinebeck Central School District

·         Healthcare: The Children’s Medical Group

·         Manufacturing: James L. Taylor Manufacturing Company

·         Media: Poughkeepsie Journal

·         Nonprofit: Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

·         Retail: Hannaford Supermarkets

New Campaign Awards:

·         Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC

·         Dutchess Tourism, Inc

·         Star Gas Partners, LP

In addition, members of the Campaign Leadership Team, Employee Campaign Managers, Loaned Executives, and individual donors will be recognized for their support of the 2015 campaign.



To date, the Celebration of Service: A CommUNITY United sponsors include:

·         Presenting Sponsors: AJ Ross Creative Media, Poughkeepsie Journal

·         Platinum Sponsors: IBM Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Orange & Rockland Utilities

·         Gold Sponsor Orange County Trust Company

·         Silver Event Sponsors: Adams Fairacre Farms  

·         Bronze Sponsors: Born Again Disciples, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp, The Children’s Medical Group, Cosimo’s Brick Oven, Herb Redl Properties, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Kaplan Family Foundation, Mid-Hudson News Network, Rose & Kiernan Insurance, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, Vassar Brothers Medical Center

·         Business Supporters: Arthur DeDominicis Accountant and Consultants, The Chazen Companies, Dutchess Community College, HVNN.com,  Marist College, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, M & O Sanitation, Orange Regional Medical Center, Poughkeepsie Ice House on the Hudson, Pyramid Corporation, State University of New York at New Paltz, Ulster Savings Bank