ABOUT US

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.

 

The Knights of York Shield

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CROSS

The cross signifies the charitable nature of the Knights of York organization and all that they do to assist children.

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HANDS

The hands signify the comradery and friendship of all the Knights and their unity as they work towards the strife of children in need.

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LION

The lion signifies the nobility the Knights have and the courage they exhibit in their fight for children in need.

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SUN

The sun signifies the energy and youthfulness of the children who we make our mission to help.

OUR HISTORY

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.”

OUR MISSION

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.”

OUR KNIGHTS

Fred Grapstein
Fred Grapstein
PRESIDENT
Shannon Geronimo
Shannon Geronimo
VICE PRESIDENT
Hani Copti
Hani Copti
TREASURER
Andy Cioffi
Andy Cioffi
Past President
Kenneth Rein
Kenneth Rein
PAST PRESIDENT
Domenic Ferrante
Domenic Ferrante
PAST PRESIDENT
Keith Mikulewich
Keith Mikulewich
Gene Nicotra
Gene Nicotra
Matt LaFerrera
Matt LaFerrera
Peter Raimondi
Peter Raimondi
Joe Schwinghammer
Joe Schwinghammer
Michael R. Torre
Michael R. Torre