MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A vice president at Wartburg, an adult care community in Mount Vernon, has received a prestigious award from a Westchester business publication.
Angela Ciminello, who heads the center’s department of marketing and development, was recognized by 914INC. through its annual Women in Business Awards.
The quarterly business lifestyle zine is published by Westchester Magazine.
The awards are bestowed on the county’s “most powerful executives, entrepreneurs, and government and nonprofit leaders.”
The longtime Westchester resident was featured, along with 17 other winners, in the magazine’s current issue.
According to westchestermagazine.com, she is such a fundraising phenom that, at the tender age of 23, she was the associate director of Iona College’s (her alma mater) annual fund drive.
One day, she got pulled over for speeding. But instead of getting a ticket, she managed to get a donation for Iona from the officer, westchestermagazine.com reported.
The names of more than 200 nominees were submitted to the award committee by colleagues and supervisors who feel they had “demonstrated a consistent level of success” in their fields and “made a lasting impact” on the economy and their communities.
Ciminello, who joined Wartburg in 2014, expanded the health care and residential facility’s presence in the community.
She also, 914INC. said, set out to raise $670,000 in her first annual funding campaign, and managed to bring in $1.47 million.
Ciminello has also recruited 416 new individual donors who have given $271,243 to support Wartburg’s senior programs and services.
“This prestigious recognition is exciting and humbling,” Ciminello said, adding that she was “proud” to be part of an “elite group of dynamic and accomplished women business leaders.”
Among her other accomplishments at Wartburg was the cultivation of a large grant from a private foundation that helped expand Wartburg’s art-based therapy program for residents, adult daycare clients and rehab patients.
She also helped raise $35,000 to produce a film about the arts program. It was aired on PBS and won a Telly Award for Excellence in Documentary in 2016.
Ciminello oversees the Volunteer Department, the Council for Creative Aging & Lifelong Learning program and the Asset Management division, which sponsors special events.
She pioneered an annual stewardship calendar, revised the direct mailing campaign and conducted extensive outreach to foundations, corporations and major donors.
Wartburg credited Ciminello with boosting corporate support by 71 percent and foundation grants by 439 percent.
If that wasn’t enough, Ciminello was also behind the creatition of a permanent museum on the Wartburg campus that commemorates the institution’s 150th anniversary last year.
She also launched CreativeAgingStories.com, an interactive website that highlights Wartburg’s history.
Prior to joining Wartburg, she worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, both in White Plains.
Ciminello helped raise $10,000 for blood cancer research through LLS’s Team in Training program by hiking 14 miles in the Grand Canyon.
In her spare time, she is also a philanthropist who serves on the board of directors of the
Smiling Faces Children’s Foundation, which provides plastic surgery for children with facial deformities.
Ciminello is a member of the Mount Vernon Parks Conservancy board of directors.
She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association of Healthcare Professionals, Women in Development and the Association of Development Officers.
Ciminello earned a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in advertising at Iona College. She is in the process of getting her certification as a fundraising executive.
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