2019 Pedestal Award Recipient

Bob & Cindy Manzo

Bob Manzo was born and raised in New Jersey. Bob graduated from Rider University with a BS in accounting. He is a CPA and began his career at Arthur Andersen. He later founded a financial consulting firm specializing in financial and operational turnarounds, as well as a private equity firm where he currently serves as general partner. He also serves on a number of public and private company boards. Bob met his wife Cindy of 34 years while they were working together as accountants.

Currently, Bob serves as the Ocean Reef Club Chairman, while Cindy was the co-chair for the 2018 All Charities Auction. Bob says he and Cindy believe it’s important to get involved in the communities where they live. Over the years they have dedicated themselves to a number of charities, which they continue to support and are actively involved.

The following are some of the charities they devote their time and efforts towards.

Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war. Our programs enable them to earn and save money, improve health and well being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their family, and community.

The Sisters of Life are a contemplative/active Roman Catholic community of religious women, who profess the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Their missions include serving women who are vulnerable to abortion, giving them the support and resources to be able to choose life for themselves and their children; hosting weekend retreats; evangelization; outreach to college students in Colorado; and helping women who have suffered after abortion to encounter the mercy and healing of Jesus Christ.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City’s annual Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York’s Fifth Avenue since 1929.

NYU Langone Health is an academic medical center located in New York City, affiliated with New York University. The Medical Center comprises the NYU School of Medicine and several hospitals: Tisch Hospital, the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Hospital, Brooklyn, and most recently, NYU Winthrop Hospital. NYU Langone Medical Center also operates over thirty ambulatory facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. The institution is known for evidence-based clinical care across a wide range of specialties including its five key clinical areas: cardiac and vascular, cancer, musculoskeletal, neurology and neurosurgery, and children’s services.

Most recently, Bob and Cindy added the National UDT Navy SEAL Museum to their list of charities and donated $100,000 to the SEALs’ Trident House Charities, which significantly aided the Museum’s Scholarship and Family Support programs.

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