Daily Point of Light # 2820 Nov 25, 2004

Daily Point of Light Award for
Strengthening Families and Transforming Neighborhoods

Jerome “Jerry” Silber is one of five winners of a special judging of the Daily Point of Light Award being honored during National Family Week (Nov 22-26, 2004). Commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the United Nation’s International Year of the Family, these awards honor and celebrate individuals, families, organizations, and volunteer efforts that are strengthening families and transforming neighborhoods by making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families and meeting the critical needs of their communities.

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Jerome (Jerry) Silber has been a March of Dimes volunteer since 1987 and truly represents the ability of one volunteer to make a difference. He started as a member of the New York State Westchester/Fairfield County Division Board. Currently, Mr. Silber is a member of the Greater New York Chapter’s Executive Committee and Revenue Co-chair of the WalkAmerica Executive Committee. He is also a member of the National Office of Volunteers and a Northern Regional Representative.

Jerry Silber, in his capacity as Revenue Co-chair of the WalkAmerica Executive Committee, has been instrumental in coordinating Citigroup’s national team to raise funds on behalf of the March of Dimes. Four years ago, Citibank made a corporate decision to no longer endorse any walking events, including March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Jerry Silber decided to take it upon himself to “be bold for babies.” Mr. Silber lined up key executives, secured private endorsements and added Citigroup’s seven other businesses to the Citibank WalkAmerica effort, resulting in a phenomenal campaign. In 2003, Citigroup raised over $2 million, and in 2004, they raised over $2.8 million, and still counting.

In addition to coordinating the Citigroup team, Jerry Silber also played an important role in integrating two March of Dimes division offices and later integrating a division office with the state chapter office. Along the way, he helped to launch annual giving and even served as local WalkAmerica Chair for several years. At the 2002 March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference, he was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award.

In his capacity as a member of the National Office of Volunteers, Jerry Silber travels throughout the northern region on behalf of the March of Dimes to speak at various venues. He serves as Co-chair of the initiative to increase youth participation in WalkAmerica and is a mentor to the chair of the National Youth Council.

Jerry Silber’s passion for improving the lives of America’s mothers and babies has resonated across the country. As a result of his dedication and leadership, more money will go to research and programs to improve the health of babies.