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Library Gala Honors National Grid

The Port Washington Library Foundation is hosting an event on September 28 with the goal of recognizing outstanding community residents and institutions and raising money for the library.


This year the foundation has three honorees: National Grid, with New York President and Port Washington resident Kenneth D. Daly accepting; Lucy Mazany, senior vice president and Long Island division manager of Valley National Bank;

and community activist Georgia DeYoung.


The event, the 10th Inspiration Gala, is celebrating, “The Jewel of Port Washington...our Library,” and begins at 6:30 p.m.


The foundation’s corporate leadership award this year goes to National Grid, an international energy delivery company. In the United States National Grid, with 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., providing power to over 1 million Long Island customers. National Grid, which was criticized for its response to Hurricane Sandy around the county, is also involved in many community-based projects and partnerships through the National Grid Foundation, which has provided nearly $12 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations since 1998.


Accepting the award on behalf of National Grid will be Kenneth D. Daly. Throughout his 25-year career, Daly has held numerous positions including Group Financial Controller in London; CFO, Global Gas Distribution; vice president of Financial and Employee Related Services; and merger coordination officer during the merger integration of both National Grid/KeySpan and Brooklyn Union/LILCO.


Mr. Daly is a member of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor there for 20 years. He has been the director of the St. John’s University Executive-in-Residence Program since 1992 and is also a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program, and a member of the Long Island Energy Partnership and the British American Business Council Board of Directors.


Also receiving the corporate leadership award is Hofstra University BA and MBA graduate Lucy Mazany, a senior vice president at Valley National Bank. She serves as a division manager and oversees the bank’s business development team and branch network for the bank’s 15 branches located throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens. Mazany began her banking career with European American Bank, working as a branch manager in several branches. She is currently president of

The Institute of Management Accountants, Long Island Chapter, and has served on various not for profit committees in the community including the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Lions Club, the Greater Port

Washington Business Improvement District, the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.


The Leonard Wurzel Public Service Award honoree is Georgia DeYoung, a community activist who has volunteered for numerous Port Washington organizations. She is on the board of Friends of Sands Point Preserve, where she is on the executive committee and is the events chairperson; secretary of the Sands Point Civic Association and chair of its gardening committee; chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, Village of Sands Point.


She has been a member of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington for more than 20 years and was a board member for 10 years. She volunteers for the Port Washington Public Library’s “Books for Dessert” program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a parent advocate at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Network. 


In keeping with this year’s jewel theme, the evening will include a performance of Guy De Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” adapted for the stage by Foundation board member Judy Sloan and performed by seasoned actors Ryan Morey and Sarah Arikian.


This year’s gala will also feature a jewelry fashion show presented by London Jewelers as well as a silent auction of high-end jewelry and a raffle of jewelry with lower price points. Many pieces of jewelry have been donated by local Port Washington merchants including the Sands Point Shop, Glen Bradford Fine Jewelry, Port Jewelers, Spellbound Fine Jewelry, 5J Jewelers, Apple Tree, and Christina Cheng. The entertaining theatrical experience is being accompanied by a cocktail extravaganza featuring open bars, signature drinks, food stations, and desserts, catered by Port Washington’s H on the Harbor. 


Since its inception, the Port Washington Library Foundation has donated over $1,500,000 to the library to fund a number of programs and projects not covered by taxpayer dollars. Tickets to this event are $250 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call 883-4400, Ext. 180, or go on the Foundation’s website at