Angela Susan Anton
Angela Susan Anton is one of the most dynamic and philanthropic businesswomen on Long Island. She is the publisher and CEO of the award winning Anton Media Group, which is the largest privately held community newspaper in New York State. Under her leadership, the 19 weekly newspapers with 150,000 readerships both in press and on line, have garnered multiple awards from both the Long Island Press Club and the Folio awards. The papers focus on hyperlocal news.
Angela has most recently been honored by the Alzheimer Foundation, as well as participating in The Safe Center’s Walk In Her Shoes fundraiser fashion show, as one of their guest models.
Angela’s mission is to give voice to those organizations and community members who are often overlooked by the large press. “Growing up on Long Island, I feel it is important for business leaders to give back to their communities. I believe very strongly in supporting our communities.”
Known throughout Nassau County for her generosity and hard word she has received numerous citations from the County Executives and town supervisors. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. A familiar face at many Long Island events and charities Angela Susan Anton epitomizes the best qualities of a business leader on Long Island. She is also the proud mother of three wonderful children, Jonathan, Kristen and Drew.
The Safe Center is honored to be recognizing Angela's accomplishments and extends its heartfelt appreciation to her and the folks over at Anton Media Group for being our valued partners and friends.
Lillian McCormick embodies the best of civic activism. Her life began in Florida where her grandmother established one of the state's first orphanages. McCormick feels that her grandmother served as a role model - to see a wrong and try to correct it." McCormick recalls her childhood sensitivity to the plight of those that were treated differently. Fighting for civil rights and stamping out Jim Crow racism became one of the first of her many battles that would focus on advocating against social injustice and changing systemic patterns of abuse and discrimination against those that could not be a voice for themselves.
Decades of Human Rights Advocacy and Civic Activism:
* McCormick conducts the first sit-in at a Missouri college where she brought African American girls into the campus tea room for sodas after they were refused their rights to be served.
* McCormick earns her Master's in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization at the University of Pittsburgh
* As Program Director at an all-white settlement house in Washington, D.C., McCormick develops a neighborhood inter-racial program.
* As Director of the United Neighborhood Activity Center in Great Neck, NY, McCormick addresses the educational, social and recreational needs of North Shore domestic workers who had been brought up from the South to work in white people's homes.
* McCormick's volunteers at the Community Chest of Port Washington, NY to help raise dollars for local nonprofit agencies and was instrumental in securing the gifting of a building to house multiple nonprofit organizations. The first tenants included the Education Assistance Corporation (EAC), Community Chest, North Shore Child Guidance and the local Community Action Council. The building still serves the community today and can be found on Main Street.
* In response to President Johnson’s Anti-Poverty Program to help the poor in
our country, McCormick works with school administrators and identifies 30 children in Port Washington, NY who would meet the federal guidelines for the Head Start Program and advocates for classrooms to support the initiative. The program still exists today.
* McCormick addresses the issue of homeless children being placed in institutions in New York State and retains the services of Leonard Weintraub, an attorney, who filed a law suit against the town of Port Washington to change residential zoning laws. The case is won and the Group House of Port Washington opens its doors to 8 children who could not live at home. The case is used nationwide as a precedent to benefit other at-risk populations.
* Group House merges with Nassau House (now known as Family & Children’s Association) in 1973 and the property along with $17,300 to be designated to educational scholarships for children who wanted to go to college. To date, $1.4 million has be raised and distributed as scholarships to young adults seeking to enroll in a college or educational training program.
* In 1979, McCormick and others working to change public attitudes about victims of domestic violence approach David DeRienzis, assistant director of The Veatch Program at the North Shore Unitarian Church to fund a feasibility grant to establish a local shelter for abused women.
* As Associate Director of the Coalition for Abused Women, McCormick opened and supervised Long Island's first Long Island's Domestic Violence Shelter. What begins as six cots in the back of a church and a network of families willing to take victims of domestic violence and their children fleeing to safety into their homes is now the 17-bed facility run by The Safe Center LI, Inc.
* McCormick and associate, Charlotte Shapiro take on the plight of women in the workforce. Problems such as sexual harassment, unequal pay, lack of women in the trades, on corporate boards and in top government positions are part of their mission. Women on the Job (WOJ), an education and advocacy organization for women’s workplace rights and equality is founded and advocacy leads to a sexual harassment policy for Nassau County employees. 25 years of historical documentation for Women on the Job can be found at the Taminent Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.
* McCormick addresses living needs of the aging population of Port Washington collaborates with other community groups interested in developing a community center to purchase Main Street School. The Landmark Project is founded and is now referred to as a model providing affordable senior housing, child care, parent resources, a theater, a teen center, and a park. Landmark on Main Street is the heart of the Port Washington Community.
Lillian provides an inspirational story to others who want to improve the quality of life in Long Island's communities. The Safe Center applauds Lillian for her passion, determination and vision for a better future and extends its heartfelt appreciation for planting the seeds of hope for survivors of abuse.