2012 Founders' Gala

The 2012 Founders' Gala to celebrate the Foundation of Westchester Clubmen's 53rd Anniversary will take place Friday, June 8th at Beckwith Pointe in New Rochelle, NY.

The Gala will honor:

Donald Coleman: Donald Coleman is Chairman and CEO of GlobalHue, the nation’s largest minority-owned, full-service marketing communications agency with total market and cultural expertise. Coleman is also a member of the board of several organizations, most recently being appointed to the Spelman College Board of Trustees. He is also a philanthropist, contributing more than $5 million over the last five years to various organizations. Further,to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice amongst ethnic college students, Coleman launched The Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship (CES) in 2009. The mission of the scholarship is to be a leading scholarship fund that assists future generations and entrepreneurs in fulfilling their dreams. Since its inception, the Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship has awarded over $150,000 to its recipients.
Coleman will receive the Corporate Leadership Award.

Lloyd W. Brown, II: Lloyd W. Brown, II is a Managing Director at Citigroup, Inc. (“Citi”), where he serves as the Director for Community Reinvestment Act(CRA) and Fair Lending.Mr. Brown brings to his position a unique blend of business and legal experience in managing community development, government affairs, domestic and foreign bank regulations, and corporate social responsibility. He has served as Executive Vice President at the Bank of New York Mellon, where he was a member of the Global Operating Committee and Head of Government Affairs and Community Development. As a leader who believes that to whom much has been given, much is required, he devotes a great deal to community service organizations. Mr. Brown currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York City Mission Society. In addition, he is also a member of the boards of directors of the Executive Leadership Foundation, Judicial Friends Foundation for the Improvement of Justice, Inc.; National Association for Affordable Housing Lenders, and the New York Housing Conference. Mr. Brown also serves on the Advisory Board of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc., where he previously
served as Board President. Mr. Brown previously served President of the Metropolitan BlackBar Association, Vice Chair, New York Community Investment Corporation, and Treasurer, New York Mortgage Coalition, Inc. In addition, he served on the Boards of the Abyssinian Development Corporation and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
Brown will recevie the "Clubmen" Award.

Janifer Lighten: Janifer Lynn Lighten was National President of the inaugural Yale Black Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She was awarded Merit Distinction from the Yale College Committee on Honors and Academic Standing. She worked as Manager of the Corporate Banking group of the Royal Bank of Canada in New York before leaving the corporate world to care for her children. For her exceptional commitment to service in the non-profit sector, she has won local, county and national recognition. Ms. Lighten also served as Director on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle. She and her two daughters co-founded the Remington Rebels Leadership Mentoring Program. As a result of her commitment, The Boys and Girls Club honored her with two awards: the Service to Youth Award in recognition of outstanding individuals who truly exemplify the spirit of volunteerism; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for Social Action. She was an active member in the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. and as also a member of the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, and an enthusiastic member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. After a courageous battle with cancer, Ms. Lighten passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on February 10, 2012.
Janifer is posthumously honored with the Clubmen Legacy Award. The award will be accepted by her daughter, Alexis.