Mount honors Joseph Lepore and Michael Horodyski at seventh annual gala

December 08, 2016

GALA 2016

Left to right: Dr. David Kennett, president of Mount Saint Mary College; Michael J. Horodyski, president and CEO of Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan Association; Joseph Lepore, president of LCS Companies of New York, Inc.; and Charles Frank, chair of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Directors. 

Mount Saint Mary College honored Joseph Lepore, president of LCS Companies of New York, Inc., and Michael J. Horodyski, president and CEO of Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan Association, at the Seventh Annual Gala Reception on Friday, December 2.

More than 260 guests attended the event, held at the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center. Honorees received the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence, which recognizes individuals whose professional accomplishments and approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors, and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of restaurateur Joseph A. Bonura. The local businessman owns Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, and more.

GALA 2016

Joseph A. Bonura, businessman and restaurateur

According to Mount Saint Mary College president Dr. David Kennett, funds raised will enable the college to provide an affordable, values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.

“I feel very humble to be honored tonight,” honoree Lepore said. “I look around this room and see all of you here tonight, and I know I’m blessed.”

When he was 15 years old, Lepore and his family immigrated to the United States from Italy, settling in Flushing, Queens. Now he owns LCS Companies, which employs more than 200 people.

“Some people say the American Dream no longer exists. I disagree,” said Lepore. “I am the American Dream. My family came here to this country for a better life…If you work hard, if you have the drive and the passion, and take any challenge in whatever you do, you’ll be rewarded.”

Lepore shares the American Dream with his employees, having assisted several of them in purchasing homes in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Poughkeepsie Journal recently named Lepore “Business Person of the Year.”

He is a member of the Anderson Center for Autism Board of Directors. He and his company have sponsored functions for Northern Dutchess Hospital, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, The American Heart Association, and the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, among others.

Honoree Horodyski of Highland, N.Y. has spent the last 19 years working in community banks within the greater Hudson Valley area. He joined Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan as an Executive Vice President in July 2009 and has been the President and CEO since January 2011.

Horodyski thanked his family and his employer for molding him into the person he is today.

“This is quite a humbling experience for me,” Horodyski explained. “I can’t thank you enough. It’s been a great ride at Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan…this is an award that truly I share with everyone there.”

He added, “Mount Saint Mary College is a beacon of hope in Newburgh. It’s a spoke in the wheel that will continue to move Newburgh forward.”

Horodyski currently serves or has served on the Board of Directors and/or committees for a number of professional and community organizations such as St. Augustine’s PTA, the Town of Lloyd Town Board, the Town of Lloyd Revolving Loan Fund, First Monetary Mutual, Emerald Corporate Center, Walkway Over the Hudson, and the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency.

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7th Annual Gala Reception