The leadership team and trustees of Anderson Foundation for Autism announced today that New York City philanthropist Buzzy Geduld has been honored for longtime support of Anderson’s mission, which is to optimize the quality of life for individuals with autism. The event took place at New-York Historical Society on September 21st, where approximately 150 guests enjoyed live jazz music and the opportunity to celebrate Geduld’s positive contributions to the cause.
Born and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Geduld is a lifelong resident of New York City and father of three daughters. CEO of Cougar Capital, LLC since its inception in 2002, Geduld is the former chair and CEO of Herzog, Heine, and Geduld, now a Merrill Lynch company.
Geduld’s charitable work has included roles as trustee and director of New-York Historical Society, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Baruch College, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the grantor for the Eileen Geduld Zaglin Scholarship Fund, which provides funding for economically disadvantaged high school students in Brooklyn for their first year of college, and was a “financial angel” who helped make possible the production of the documentary film by John Donvan and Caren Zucker called ‘In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.’
Said Patrick Paul, CEO/Executive Director of Anderson Center for Autism, “Tondra and Jeffrey Lynford, parents of an Anderson Center for Autism resident, first introduced Buzzy to our programs, and he immediately and enthusiastically offered his support. Since that time, Buzzy remains deeply devoted to our organization’s ongoing success, and to doing what he can to help those diagnosed with autism and their families. We marvel at his spirit of generosity, and we are so pleased to have had the privilege of honoring him at this signature reception at New-York Historical Society last week.”
Anderson Center for Autism, originally established nearly a century ago in 1924, today provides educational, vocational, and residential services for people with autism. Its award-winning programs are rooted in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and evidence-based practices, drawing students and residents from all over the United States to experience its school and residential offerings. In addition, Anderson Center International (ACI) has for many years hosted scholars from countries throughout the world for a 12-18 month training program at Anderson’s Staatsburg campus; today, that includes 26 scholars from 10 countries. During this experience at Anderson, scholars gain the education needed to improve schooling, workplace environments, and overall therapy and care for people with autism upon returning to their home countries.
Said Eliza Bozenski, Chief Development Officer, Anderson Foundation for Autism, “Our growth and evolution over the years is largely the result of an ever-expanding circle of support; it is a great privilege for us to have Buzzy as part of that. He is an intelligent businessman, generous philanthropist, and caring human being. Buzzy truly leads by example and has played an instrumental role in the development of Anderson Foundation for Autism; he has touched countless lives already, and we are extremely grateful for all that he has done for us.”
Added Jeffrey H. Lynford, President and CEO of Educational Housing Services, Inc., and longtime supporter of Anderson Foundation for Autism: “Tondra and I have been friends with Buzzy for over two decades and value his friendship very highly. He has been a very generous supporter of Anderson Center for Autism for many years. While he supports so many other good causes, his donations to Anderson have been very meaningful to all of us. This Inaugural Signature Reception in his honor was our way of thanking him for his many deeds of kindness. We hope that he knows how much his commitment to the cause has meant to us, and to everyone impacted by autism.”
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