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May 21st, 2014

Dr. Winchester-Vega to Receive Corsairs Cup

Dr. Winchester-Vega. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

NEWBURGH – The Board of Directors of the Newburgh Rowing Club has announced that it will award the 2014 Corsairs Cup, given each year to its greatest benefactors, to Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega, during its Third Annual Corsairs Cup Awards Dinner on June 5th, 2014, said Coach Ed Kennedy, Programs Director and president of the Newburgh Rowing Club. "We are delighted that Dr. Vega, one of our greatest benefactors ever, has agreed to accept the Corsairs Cup. Dr. Vega was instrumental in seeing to it that the loan our 6,000 square foot Boathouse has been paid off, along with her ceaseless past work fundraising for the Newburgh Rowing Club. Her daughter, Natasha, rowed for us for many years and is now excelling on the Penn State University Crew Team. Natasha also returns to us each summer to Coach the Newburgh Rowing Club."

Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega is the owner of Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega and Associates of New Windsor, New York, which is the largest group private practice in Orange County. The practice serves children, adolescents, couples, families and adults. Michele Winchester-Vega graduated with a MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a DSW from Yeshiva University School of Social Work. She has attended post graduate trainings at Harvard, NYU and a variety of family/marital therapy trainings. She has held positions of Caseworker, Clinic Supervisor, and Director of Clinical Training in large human service agencies. She has spent over 30 years working within the mental health, academic and addictions arena.

Committed to giving back to the community, she has been coined the "Million Dollar Woman" for helping to raise over One Million Dollars for a variety of causes. She has served on The Council of Social Work Women’s Commission in Washington, D.C. and on the board of The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill and

There will be a free Corsairs Cup ceremony and boat dedication at the Newburgh Rowing Club Boathouse, Two River Street, on June 5th, from 5 pm to 6 pm, which is open to the public, said Coach Kennedy. During that time, the Rev. Bill Scafidi will give the invocation and the USMC Color Guard will raise the US Flag on the Cpl. Joseph Tremblay Memorial Flagpole. The NRC will dedicate a boat to NYS Assemblyman Frank Skartados, for his dedication to the Newburgh Rowing Club; and to the Bishop Dunn Memorial School, for their commitment to the NRC. Coach Kennedy will present the Joseph Tremblay and Abby Mennerich Certificates of Achievement to the male and female rowers for the Newburgh Rowing Club’s Learn to Row and Competitive Rowing programs who bring in the report card with the highest GPA’s; and will remember Cpl. Tremblay, who rowed for the NRC for 6 years and who was killed in Iraq in 2005; and honor Lt. Abby Mennerich who rowed for the Newburgh Rowing Club and NFA and was the first female from NFA go to on to the US Naval Academy, where she rowed all 4 years. She is currently deployed.

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