The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) New York division awarded grants to eight not-for-profit organizations at its 2010 benefit dinner, held Dec. 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The IICF says its New York Division supports charitable organizations in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area that focus on education, children at risk, the environment and disaster preparedness.

The IICF says its 2010 grant recipients were:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America – for programs for academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles for youths

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York – to provide education and a home environment for abused, neglected and at-risk teenagers

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation – for funding research, and for improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy

Community Mainstreaming Associates Inc. – for Sweet Comfort Bakery & Café, a targeted education program for adults with developmental disabilities

Covenant House of New Jersey – for an on-site education program to increase literacy, high school graduation and college attendance for youths

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. – for an environmental leadership initiative for inner-city youths in the Hudson Valley from New York to Albany

Starlight Children’s Foundation NY•NJ•CT – for five Starlight Fun Centers for children in tri-state hospitals

World Cares Center – for volunteer workshops in the tri-state area for a Ready Responders network and training exercises for a simulated disaster environment

The IICF says Maurice Greenberg, chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc., was honored with the IICF 2010 Double I award for influence in the industry and impact in the community. The keynote speaker was Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, while baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. and hockey legend Mark Messier made special presentations to grantees at the dinner, which included remarks by dinner chair Greg Case, president and CEO of Aon Corp., according to the Foundation.

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