A Conversation with Peter Michalewicz
Board Member – President of LI Chapter
Recipient of 2015 “Life Time Achievement” Award
Tell us a bit of how you became involved with MLF.
Over thirty years ago, I was a guest of Marty Kiffel, Foundation president at that time, at a LI Golf Outing. I continued to attend other MLF events, and, because I truly believed in its mission and because of the passion and dedication I saw in Marty Lyons, I became a volunteer. Eventually, I was asked to become the President of the Nassau/Queens Chapter which is now the LI Chapter (including Suffolk County). I enjoy overseeing the wishes for our local children and fundraising through our special events.
Being part of MLF since almost its inception, you must have many memories. Can you tell us about the one that stands out the most?
One of the most impressive memories that come to my mind is the amazing Holiday Party that the Foundation used to host each December. Wish children and their families were invited to a magical evening, complete with food, beverages, entertainment and, of course – Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and PRESENTS!! It was very rewarding to see so many children who had survived their illnesses or were in remission and were able to enjoy this festive occasion.
Looking back on thirty years, what can you offer as your wish for MLF future?
I hope for the Foundation to remain standing strong by infiltrating the chapters with young professionals bringing energy and ideas. I want MLF to be known for what it does, not just for its name.
You recently received the 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Three words?
Surprised, honored, humbled.