The Knights of York
are a modern-day band of brothers who have pursued one noble
mission since 1996 – to improve the lives of children in need.
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The Knights of York was formed in 1996, under the tutelage of Thomas Petersen (founding President), during a friendly dinner conversation in New York City. A group of friends who enjoyed each other’s’ company, and a commonality of their love for children. The group was comprised of people who are proud of their parents and the sacrifices they made raising each one, and to be blessed with sincere friends and good health. The love for children and a camaraderie shared among friends angled the group into a social commitment. The group was comprised of little league coaches, scout leaders, etc., which was found to be another commonality that enhanced their pursuit to help children.
The organization was narrowly begun among these friends, who were leaders in the construction, technology, and real estate businesses. Today, under the leadership of Andy Cioffi, our fifth President, the organization welcomes all professional people with a goal to “Help Children In Need”.
In 1996 the Knights of York began by sponsoring a Summer Camp for children with heart diseases. The Knights of York have contributed funds to Montefiore Hospital to provide a lounge, in a new pediatric wing, where children prepare for major operations, as well as convalesce from surgery. Many other generous contributions have been made to The Phoenix Center, New York Child Learning Institute, Jacobi Hospital, and The Foundling among others. The Knights of York is a nonprofit organization with a sincere commitment to fight for the cause of all children in need with a battle cry of, “Every Knight for Their Tomorrow.”
The Knights of York, founded in 1996, is an established 501(c)(3) New York City-based, nonproﬁt organization comprised of business leaders in the construction, real estate, and technology industries. The Knights of York is devoted to contributing services and donations to numerous lesser-known charities that show a need and demonstrate a true commitment to helping children and truly a modern-day band of brothers who have pursued one noble mission since 1996 – to improve the lives of children in need.
In the spirit of friendship, and with a common purpose, the organization meets routinely during the year to plan
and host special event fund raisers. Much dedication and hard work goes into making each event a great success. The Knights of York host golf outings and dinners, and participate personally in holiday toy gift giving at hospitals in the metropolitan region. The Knights of York is devoted to contributing services and donations to numerous lesser-known charities that show a need and demonstrate a true commitment to helping children.
The Lawrence Ferrara Children’s Advocate Award, in memory of our late friend and one of our founding fathers, is the highest honor the Knights of York can bestow upon any person. Given to an exemplary individual at our Annual Black Tie Affair, the award distinguishes the man or women who has been the Knights of York’s greatest supporter in the prior year.
Bound by our belief in social responsibility and a generous sentiment toward children we, the Knights of York, pledge “Every Knight for Their Tomorrow.”