During Women’s History Month, FCA, one of Long Island’s largest human services agencies, is holding its inaugural Long Island Women in Philanthropy breakfast and fashion show. FCA will be honoring the vision of one of its founding mothers, Louisa Lee Schuyler, a great granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton, and two modern-day philanthropists, attorney Domenique Camacho Moran and 11-year old Mia Monzidelis.
FCA’s dedicated workforce is disproportionately female, as is the entire nonprofit sector,” said FCA President and CEO Jeffrey L. Reynolds. “We didn’t have to look any further than our own backyard to find women who are making history every day, working to help others and themselves achieve their potential, and strengthen themselves and others in our community. With this event, we are looking to inspire the next generation of women to help FCA fulfill a promise we made to Long Island 139 years ago.”
FCA’s original orphanage, the Temporary Home for Children, was spearheaded in 1884 by Louisa Lee Schuyler and a group of like-minded women committed to the welfare of vulnerable children.
Today, FCA has five divisions that provide a wide range of services to Long Islanders of all ages. These women-led divisions include: Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery; Children’s Mental Health and Wellness; Prevention and Family Support; Residential Care; and Senior & Adult Services.
Honoree Domenique Camacho Moran is a partner and head of the Labor & Employment Practice at Farrell Fritz P.C. in Uniondale.
Throughout her career, Domenique has held leadership positions in missions that align with her passions. She has served on the Make-a-Wish Metro New York advisory board since 2013 and chaired its Walk for Wishes annual fundraiser. Domenique serves on Athena Long Island’s nominee Selections Committee.
Athena International supports and recognizes women’s contributions to leadership. For years, she served on, and spoke at, the Work Life Conference Committee for Mom-mentum. Domenique is a founding member of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Committee in Queens and a former board member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. She does pro bono work for a number of not-for-profits.
Rising Star Honoree is Long Islander Mia Monzidelis, the inventor of the Power Pony, a popular motorized riding toy that combines a toy horse with a hoverboard. During the December 2021 holiday season, Monzidelis offered a matching donation of $5,000 to bolster FCA’s annual appeal.
In addition to her initial generous donation, Monzidelis plans continued support for FCA’s programs. “My dream is to help as many kids as I can on Long Island and I’m asking Long Island families to join me in supporting FCA. Together we can help FCA support and strengthen our friends and neighbors now and in the future.”
The event will be held on Thursday, March 31 at The Mansion at Oyster Bay in Woodbury from 9 am-12 pm. Each of FCA’s five divisions will be represented in the fashion show by client and volunteer models whose lives have been positively impacted by FCA programs.
Fashions will be provided by FCA’s fashion show sponsor Coquette boutique (Garden City, Manhasset, Rockville Centre). Hair and makeup designs will be provided by Studio Novelle of Carle Place.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Events and Special Projects Manager Nicole Flannery at [email protected], by phone at (516) 746-0350 ext. 4363 or visit www.fcali.org/events.