The Hudson Valley Writers' Center



The Hudson Valley Writers' Center's 2013
Silver Anniversary Online Auction

Online Auction Items:

Mark Sadan Framed Print $250
Game, Set, Match! New Rochelle Tennis $500
Y M C Yay!: YMCA Membership $750
Self-Iimprovement Package $125
Sassy Girls Pole Dancing $250
Beautiful You $500
Fit Fiesta! $300
You've Been Framed! $150


The 2013 Gala Committee
We especially want to thank to all of the wonderful volunteers on our Gala Committee!

          Gala Co-Chairs

          Amy Small and Margo Stever

          Gala Committee

          Laura Straus & John Alexander
          Barbara Fischer & John Allendorf
          Paula Armbruster
          Marianne & John Castle
          Susan Barocas
          Leslie Blanco-Ishoo
          Hon. Catherine Borgia
          Lois Bronz
          Camille Burford
          Judith & Ron Cascone
          Jane Dunn
          Sally Bliumis-Dunn & John Dunn
          Hon. Sandra Galef
          Hon. David B. Gelfarb
          Rachel & George Gumina
          Mindy Hastie & Tim Goldsmith
          Sylvia & Aubrey Hawes
          Evelyn & Herb Hadad
          Clare Pierson & Peter Humphrey
          Hon. Kenneth W. Jenkins
          Joanne Landau
          Carol & John Lyden
          Angelina & Peter Mak
          Sharon Pickett & Paul Mazzilli
          Olivia Motch
          Hon. Judith A. Myers
          Anne & John Nolon
          Louise & Fergus O’Sullivan
          June Godfrey & Richard Ottinger
          Annette Rickel
          Shelley & Nick Robinson
          Lisa & Jim Santo
          Hon. MaryJane Shimsky
          Hon. Michael J. Smith
          Iris & Ira Sneider
          Donald Stever
          David Swope
          Heidi Torpey-Condon
          Laura Drachman & Sergio Troncoso
          Barbara & Mark Zand



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Robert K. Massie

With over six million books sold worldwide, Robert K.Massie is widely regarded as the foremost expert on the Russian royal family, earning a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great. He is a respected authority on World War I military history and is a past President of the Author's Guild. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he read Modern History. For four years, he served as an air intelligence officer aboard aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. Mr. Massie was on the staff of Newsweek from 1959 to 1962 where he was a book reviewer, foreign news writer, and United Nations Bureau Chief. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Review, Life, Architectural Digest, The Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications.

Mr. Massie’s interest in the Imperial family was triggered by the birth of his oldest son, who had hemophilia—a hereditary disease that also afflicted Tsar Nicholas’s son, Alexei. His first book Nicholas and Alexandra (1969), which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 46 weeks, was translated into seventeen languages, and made into a film nominated for nine Academy Awards. Over six million copies of this book have been sold around the world. Mr. Massie’s next book, Journey, written with his first wife, was an account of their family’s experience with hemophilia. Journey was followed by Peter the Great: His Life and World, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Peter the Great became a major network mini-series, winning three Emmy Awards and starring Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier, and Vanessa Redgrave. Mr. Massie then went on to write Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War, The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.

His most recent book, Catherine the Great, published by Random House in November 2011, has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction by the American Library Association. Massie has twice been a professor at Princeton University, has served as the Mellon Professor of Humanities at Tulane University, and was long-serving trustee of Vassar College. He has been a juror for the Pulitzer Prize for History, for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and a judge for the National Book Award. From 1987 to 1991, he was the president of the 8,000 member Authors Guild of America. Over the years, he has been an historical adviser to, and has made frequent appearances on, a number of national television programs and documentaries.


Stephen Apkon

Stephen Apkon is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education organization located in Pleasantville, N.Y. The JBFC presents a wide array of documentary, independent, and foreign film programs in a three theater state-of-the-art film complex, and has developed educational programs focused on 21st century literacy. Under Steve’s leadership, the JBFC opened a 27,000 square foot Media Arts Lab in 2009. Since its doors opened in 2001, JBFC education programs have reached over 100,000 children.

Stephen serves on the boards of The World Cinema Foundation and Advancing Human Rights. He is President of Big 20 Productions; the director and producer of The Patron, a collaboration with Ido Haar (in production); a producer of Enlistment Days, directed by Ido Haar; and a producer of I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful directed by Jonathan Demme.


DeLauné Michel

DeLauné Michel  created Spoken Interludesin 1996 in Los Angeles, which evolved  into the critically-acclaimed Westchester County reading series in which award winning, bestselling, and up-coming writers read their own work.

In 2000, Ms. Michel incorporated Spoken Interludes as not-for-profit organization, launching Spoken Interludes Next, an out-reach writing program for at-risk youth. Spoken Interludes Next reaches children in Los Angeles at inner-city schools and juvenile detention halls, through a program for rehabilitating gang-members; it also provides literary programs for the disenfranchised elderly. In New York, Spoken Interludes Next works with critically ill and severely disabled children at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, at a foster home for displaced youth, and at two schools for emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled youth. Ms. Michel also runs an on-going book drive for the children at a free pediatric clinic in Yonkers, NY. Since its inception, over 3500 free books have been put into the hands of disadvantage youth. Ms. Michel has written prize-winning short stories and has published two novels,  Aftermath of Dreaming (2006) and The Safety of Secrets (2008), both with HarperCollins. She lives in Westchester County with her husband and sons and is currently working on her third novel.

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