Awarded to an Individual or Program that makes the world a better place by serving God and his people… with their support, service and dedication to the music and the arts programs of the greater community... while exemplifying the true spirit of this foundation.
Awarded to an Individual or Program that makes the world a better place by serving God and his people… with their support, service and dedication to the sports and athletic programs of the greater community... while exemplifying the true spirit of this foundation.
Awarded to an Individual, who through their work in the community has made a positive impact, throughout the year...exemplifying the true spirit of this foundation.
Awarded to an Individual, who through their work has made a positive impact with dedication, leadership and service to the community throughout the year…exemplifying the true spirit of this foundation.
Elaine Agin was an avid lover of the arts. She was both a spectator and enthusiast. Elaine loved to sing and dance. As a young workingwoman, Elaine would wait for the subway and at the same time practice the new tap steps she had learned. Storeowners and doormen, while on their way to work, would wait for her each day because she was always singing and dancing, pausing only for a moment to say “good morning. Elaine was a big hit at dances, because she was a great leader. The boys would line up to dance with her because she made them look good. Eventually, she had to start giving dance lessons in the basement of her home. The name of her school was the Layne Allen School of Dance. Additionally, Elaine was also an accomplished painter. Her paintings reflected her love of the arts; as she would often paint pictures of couples dancing. Once Elaine had children, she began sharing with them her love of the arts. This translated into careers in the arts for all three of her daughters. Her love of music never diminished and in her 50’s, she somehow managed to get invited onto the stage of the Broadway production of 42nd street where she made sure to do a few time steps! She could finally say that she “danced on Broadway”. Her greatest talents, however, were her compassion, unselfishness, courage and optimism. The recipients of the Elaine Agin award demonstrate the true essence of these special qualities.
In tribute to Elaine and on behalf of her love and commitment to the arts, for her love of children and education, we present this award of recognition to outstanding teens who have shown their love of the arts, commitment to their education and the desire to share their gifts with the rest of the world.
Richard Noel Amend…Music was his passion and he dedicated his life to the art. He was a graduate of School of the Performing Arts and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Queens College. He was also a member of the American Guild of Organists and a choirmaster.
He performed in Piano Recitals at Steinway Hall, Carl Fischer Hall, Carnegie Hall and in Concerts in London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Vienna and Berlin. His Organ Concerts have been given at all the major Cathedrals, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as in many in Washington, D.C. and Toronto area. He worked in two Broadway Musical Workshops under Charles Straus and Lehman Engel. His original musical "The Princess and the Pea" won a National Award winner. He was the musical director of the Broadway musicals “Showboat”, "Godspell", "Annie Get your Gun", "Once upon a Mattress", "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", and many others. He was Choirmaster and inspiration to many young people at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens for over 25 years. After Grace Church, he went on to be the Director of Music and Choirmaster-Organist at St. Kevin’s Church in Flushing, where he worked for about 14 years. He also was the founder and director of The Noel Chorale which gave many concerts in the NY Tristate Area. He directed the chorale in the famed concert, The Music of Christmas with tenor Andrew Joseph Koslosky, which was broadcast internationally and locally here in New York on the Prayer Channel, Manhattan Cable and EWTN. This award will be given to Adults who show excellence in the arts while being recognized as individuals who present themselves in and out of the spotlight with class and dignity, following the example set by the namesake of this award.
Barbara Principe was a courageous woman who’s love and support for children’s charity is legendary. She supported many charitable organizations, including St Jude’s Children’s hospital, St Francis Hospital, The Michael J Fox Foundation and The Josephine Foundation, to name a few. She believed strongly in using the arts to develop the lives of children and to help raise funds that helped children in need. She formed Barbara’s Team of Hope, as a way to raise funds for her favorite charities. This award will be given to a child who shows excellence in the arts, while conducting themselves as a professional on and off the stage.
Salvatore Guadagni was a young man with a passion for people and sports. For those of us who knew him, he was the class clown who could make you laugh and smile with his witty humor and impersonations. But it was his love and drive in the sports world that many of his teammates will remember…his approach to the game. Sal had a fierce desire to achieve and yet could always keep you grounded with his comic relief. He could find humor in everything he did. Sal Guadagni left us way too soon, the unfortunate bystander casualty of a club gang related street fight. He left us as a young man with many jokes left to tell, and will never be forgotten. This award is given to a child who has shown great passion in sports and athletics.
Elaine Lamont was a woman who loved the performing arts and encouraged those around her to follow their dreams. By using the encouraging word, she pushed those around her to great heights, constantly encouraging them to reach for the dreams in life. This award will be given to those who use their talents as designers and technicians to make the people around them better in the arts world.
Anthony Bellucci believed strongly in education and support of the performing arts. He was an avid music lover. But his passion was to help children. This Arts scholarship award is started to keep his mission alive. This award will be designated for teenagers and children design to help in the world of academic and arts education.
Barbara Principe had a special place in her heart young people in the performing Arts. In keeping that spirit alive, this Scholarship award will be given to a child or teenager who shows excellence in the arts, while acting as a professional on and off the stage.
Robert Koslosky was a man who had a passion for sports that was legendary. He was the spirit and soul of every team he played for and will be remembered by his teammates as the Captain. His other passion was the CCD program of his local church, where he spent many years teaching Religious Ed classes to the children of Queens. Bobby left us way too soon, but his spirit will live on. This Scholarship award will be given to a child or teenager who shows a passion for sports, while being recognized as a good person on and off the field of play.
Andrew Taraska’s love of audio and visual arts was legendary. His good nature made him a favorite among the many actors he recorded. His dedication and drive to do it the right way, and his love for the trade will never be forgotten. This award will be given in his honor, to the best audio or video recording of a regional performance.
Wynn Claire Livaudais was a lady that loved to perform. She gave up her professional show business life to marry and have a family, but always was ready to make use of her skills to make us all smile. This award will be given to a High School or College Female student who is participating in the Arts, and is active in their community. The scholarship is to be used for School Tuition and/or private singing, dancing or acting classes.
The Josephine Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is given to recognize an individual or an organization for its many years of special achievement and good work in the greater community that have resulted in making the world a better place through their service, leadership and dedication.