Schneps Media hosted the Bronx Times’ annual Bronx Power Women in Business awards and networking event on Tuesday, June 18.
The annual event, now in its 10th year and previously known as the Bronx Times’ 25 Influential Women, was renamed with a new theme and some new traditions as it was again held this year at Maestro’s Caterers.
A red carpet was introduced, and as each award winner’s name was read, they strolled and in some cases danced there way up to the podium to accept their awards.
A raffle made its debut, and it included a number of prizes, including a trip to Cancun, with all proceeds going to the Bronx YMCA.
Victoria Schneps, Schneps Media CEO, who was introduced by Bronx Times publisher Laura Guerriero as a “true power woman” who made the event possible, provided welcoming remarks during an awards presentation program that followed a networking dinner where the honored women got to speak about themselves.
Schneps Media’s President and Publisher spoke about how pleased she was to have acquired the Bronx Times Reporter, which became part of Schneps Media family in 2018. Victoria runs the company with her son Joshua Schneps, who is its CEO and co-publisher.
“We are very proud, my son and I, to have acquired this fabulous team of special people and to take my steps into the Bronx,” said Victoria Schneps.
She spoke about the importance of teamwork as she thanked the committee members who presented the awards and selected the honored women: Rosemary DeLuca, Wildlife Conservation Society; Elizabeth Figueroa, The New York Botanical Garden; Geri Sciortino, The Bronx Design Group; Lisa Sorin, Bronx Chamber of Commerce and Anna Vincenty, Nos Quedamos.
Guerriero thanked her staff for helping making the event a success.
“In order for this event to be successful year after year, I rely heavily on our staff, especially John Collazzi, Donna Wilson, Lenny Vigliotti, Donna Marzi, Patrick Rocchio, Robert Wirsing, Alex Mitchell and Mauro DeLuca,” said the Bronx Times’ publisher. “Most importantly, I would like to thank the new owners of the Bronx Times and Schneps Media, Victoria and Josh Schneps, who made this evening possible.”
This year’s Bronx Power Women in Business are Karen Argenti; Jane Bedell; Vanessa Baijnauth; Camille Bent; Gloria Bent; Linda Berk; Annie Boller; Christina D’Angelo; Taryn Duffy; Sherene Hall; A’lsha Harper; Tracey Lombardi; Jenny Rivera Lozada; Angela Molinini; Barbara Naclerio; Danielle Noak; Chaplain Sandra Pabon; Marianne Reilly; Ruby Rodriguez; Stefanie Salaman; Barbara Selesky; Dr. Nella Shapiro and Sandi Zelniker.
Singing the National Anthem at the awards ceremony Crystal Vitaliano.
Borough District Attorney Darcel Clark and Council Mark Gjonaj addressed the crowd at the ceremony.
Sponsors included gold sponsor Eastchester Cancer Care/New York Cancer and Blood Specialists, silver sponsor Union Community Health Center, and bronze sponsor The Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy.
The Bronx Times wishes to convey special thanks to Maestro’s Caterers, Jerome Florist, and BronxNet television.