SOUTH KEARNY, N.J. — The Pelham (N.Y.) Civic Association has named local resident Peter Potocki, owner of Metro-Chem, its 2011 Man of the Year.
The association is Westchester County’s most active charitable, volunteer organization, dedicated to helping the youth, elderly, disabled and needy. Once a year, it presents its highest award to an individual who best demonstrates the organization’s mission and virtues.
Potocki has distinguished himself over the last two decades as an outstanding leader in the Pelham community, according to the association. He has been a village trustee, recreation commissioner and a Little League baseball coach, and his work as a member and officer of the Pelham Civic Association resulted in the success of many local civic programs.
Perhaps his most notable contribution is The Danny Fund, which he and his wife, Kathy, founded.. The nonprofit organization provides financial, emotional and advocacy support for families of children with catastrophic illnesses. It has assisted more than 65 families over 17 years.