Community

Driven to make a difference

As a firm, we are keenly aware of the needs in our community. We have chosen to support several non-profit organizations:

Wildwood School

Early in Nick Preddice’s career, a chance invitation to a fundraiser for the Wildwood Foundation, a school for autistic children, opened Nick's eyes and heart to the needs of these young people. Feeling grateful for his own healthy children, Nick soon became a member of the executive cabinet of the Wildwood Foundation and has helped to raise significant funds for the school. Nick currently serves on the Community Advisory Board. In that capacity he is working with some of the most prominent business leaders in the Capital District to help grow and strengthen Wildwood’s community support

For over 49 years, Wildwood Programs has worked collaboratively with individuals, families and the community to empower and enable children and adults with neurologically-based learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disorders to lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives. Created in 1967 by a small group of parents who could not find appropriate programs for their children, what began as a program for a handful of pre-school age children has grown into an organization that provides comprehensive supports and services to over 3,500 people and their families.

Wildwood is currently reorganizing its delivery of supports and services to better assist individuals to be full, contributing members of their community. Current programs include the following: Residential Services, Day Habilitation Services, Employment Services, Adult Education Services, Recreation Services, Family and Community Services, Medicaid Service Coordination, Parent Network of the Capital Region, Community Habilitation, After School Programs, Family Reimbursement, Wildwood School and Summer Extension Program, and Farm & Outdoor Programs.

American Cancer Society

Nick Preddice’s wife Lisa is a cancer survivor, and was a one of the organizers and a participant of the first Katonah-Lewisboro Relay for Life. Lisa also chairs the survivors recognition event each year.

For 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of its supporters worldwide, ACS is helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.

Access: Supports for Living

Nick Preddice has been serving on their Foundation Board for 5 years and is currently vice-chairman. He also chairs both their Investment and Donor Development Committees. In 2014 Nick was asked to chair their Annual Gala, an honor he was happy to accept.

Formerly Occupations, Access: Supports for Living provides a variety of services to children, families, and adults including those with significant disabilities, in the Hudson Valley Community. Services include mobile mental health provided directly in people’s homes, individual and group counseling, habilitation, and case management services. Adults also may utilize employment services, residential opportunities, and intensive psychiatric services at several locations. The organization's mission is to help people with diverse needs to live in a safe environment where they have hope, and the opportunity to grow and achieve through informed choices.

American Heart Association

Nick Preddice and his wife Lisa have a special connection to this organization. A few years ago Lisa’s eldest sister Loretta died unexpectedly from an undiagnosed condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM.

Since her sister’s death, Lisa has created a team for the American Heart Walk each year in Jacksonville, Florida, where Loretta lived. The team, Living for Loretta is dedicated to her memory and to raising awareness of the fact that heart disease is the # 1 cause of death for women in the USA.

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies and provides lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

Make-A-Wish

Gary Sancilio is a long standing member of the board of Trustees for Make a Wish Hudson Valley. Since receiving its charter in 1986, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,000 children in the Hudson Valley region with life-threatening medical conditions. Serving the eight counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter's mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for Make-A-Wish services is granted his or her fondest wish. While wishes are referred and completed on an ongoing basis, an average of 120 wishes are in progress at any given time.

Leake & Watts

Nick Preddice is a major supporter of this organization, and he and his wife Lisa are currently chairing their 2016 Gala in New York City. From their roots of caring for orphaned children in the 1830’s, Leake & Watts continues to positively impact the lives of more than 8,000 children, adults and families in the greater New York City metro area each year. Leake & Watts is a not-for-profit agency committed to addressing a myriad of challenges that confront individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services. Their mission is to create strong foundations for success tomorrow for children, adults and families

The San Miguel Academy for Boys and the The Nora Cronin School for Girls

Nick Preddice is a proud contributor to the Lighting the Way Endowed Scholarship Fund for students of Nora Cronin and San Miguel Academies.

San Miguel Academy opened in 2006 as a tuition-free, faith based, 5th thru 8th grade, independent middle school for boys from underserved families. The Academy provides a safe haven for intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth. San Miguel utilizes small class size, extended school days, and an extended school year with a summer program to fight the cycle of poverty through education. Students who attend San Miguel Academy are provided academic, personal and family support to reposition themselves for success

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy (NCPA) is a private Middle School for underserved girls in the City of Newburgh, NY. They foster education as a means to raise expectations for young girls in this drug and crime ridden small city in the Hudson Valley with the highest instance of teen pregnancy in New York State. Nora Cronin Presentation Academy provides a pathway out of poverty through education. They are funded by grants, donations, and gifts in Kind.

To Love a Child, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that provides humanitarian assistance to impoverished children and their families throughout the world to help create a better future and quality of life for all.

The organization works with the leadership at their project sites in Haiti and Zimbabwe to build homes, schools, provide clean water and much more. They collaborate with academics, churches, and other organizations and experts to provide the most practical, sustainable and long term methods for project development. Nick Preddice chaired their Annual Gala in 2014 and 2015 and will do so again in 2016.

SUNY ONEONTA

Nick Preddice established the Robert W. Preddice Scholarship Fund shortly after his father died. In 2015 Nick agreed to make an additional gift to triple the size of the Fund.