October 11th 2023
LMC Media Annual Gala
October 11, 2023
Film & Awards Presentation at Mamaroneck Cinemas
243 Mamaroneck Ave
Celebration to follow at Nonna Carola
211 Mamaroneck Ave
On October 11th , LMC Media will host its 40th Anniversary Gala at the historic Mamaroneck Cinemas followed by a celebration at Nonna Carola on Mamaroneck Avenue. This year we are shining a light on the past, present, and future of local digital media by honoring the people that keep this community moving forward – the educators and the students! LMC will honor educators Michael Witsch, Michael DiGennaro, Emily Dombroff, David Golden and Elena Elmoznino, and future industry professionals Bella Pianko, Sara Ettinger, and more! We hope you’ll join us at the event this year, and if you can’t be there in person, we hope you’ll consider supporting us. We’ve brought you the most important local stories for 40 years, so help us keep telling those stories for the next 40!
Thank you from all of us at LMC Media!
Major Support For This Event Provided By
J.B. & Margaret Miller
Jules Del Vecchio & Pina Cirillo
Mark Litvin & Jilana Van Meter
Lance R. Wachenheim
Mike & Lake Charles
Sunny & Brad Goldberg
Lauren & James Lambert
Chris & Anne Marie Gianutsos
Kevin & Lilli Lawner
Meet the Honorees!
A longtime Mamaroneck Village resident and veteran teacher of video production and media arts, he currently serves as Secretary of the LMC Media Board of Directors and is an active producer and interviewer. Between 1972-2002 he developed the video program and directed the Television Center at Mamaroneck High School, co-founded the P.A.C.E program there, and was among the founders of LMC-TV. He was adjunct professor at New York University, Mercy College, Columbia University Teachers College, and Iona University. He was elected co-President of the New York State Media Arts Teachers Association (NYSMATA.org) and now serves as a Regional Coordinator.
In 2008 Mike DiGennaro retired after 41 years of teaching, 34 of them at Mamaroneck High School. As a member of the English Department, he had taught just about everything, but most notably AP English, American Lit, and the Art of Film. In the mid-nineties he began a course for adults on Independent and foreign films for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Continuing Ed program, which he is still teaching. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mike earned a Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1978, focusing on American literature and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the fiction of Saul Bellow.
Emily Dombroff educated young filmmakers at Mamaroneck High School (MHS) from 2008 to 2020. She now owns a production company in New York City, working with individuals and organizations to implement mission-driven change through visual storytelling. Recent partnerships include The Arthur Miller Foundation, The NYC Department of Education, Girls Inc. of New York City, and Safe Horizon. Emily continues to mentor and employ MHS graduates who have gone on to pursue careers in media.
David currently resides in White Plains, NY with his wife and 3 sons. He received his BA in Communications from Iona College and MS in Special Education from Manhattan College. He started his teaching career in 1997 in New York City public schools and has been teaching at Rye Neck High School since 2000. He teaches various levels of video production courses as well as film appreciation, screenwriting and computer design courses. In addition to teaching classes, he serves as the district’s AV Coordinator in which he records and produces concerts, theatre performances, graduation ceremonies and other events throughout the district which are aired on LMC Media.
Elena Elmoznino is the Video Production teacher at Mamaroneck High School, where she previously taught Creative Writing and English Language Arts for nine years. Elena has a BA in English and Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA in Film from The City College of New York. She has directed and produced several documentaries and is currently developing a docuseries. At Mamaroneck High School, she continues to produce the weekly TV show known as “MHS Info” in addition to teaching all levels of a four-year video program that prepares students for careers in communications and film. The highlight of Elena’s career at MHS has been mentoring future filmmakers to find their voices and stories, and to foster their deep appreciation for film.
Bella Pianko is a junior at Mamaroneck high school. She is an active member of the video program and is a Producer on MHS info, the MHS news and entertainment weekly show. Additionally, Bella was the Spring Future Filmmaker with LMC Media. Outside of her love for film, Bella is active in many other school activities such as the PACE program, Student Council, Yearbook and the Globe.
Sara Ettinger is a Mamaroneck High School graduate. Along with being the Winter 2023 Future Filmmaker, she was a member of MHS Info, and wrote and directed her senior class’s final film project. She is currently studying Film & Television at NYU
Gretchen Barnard is a rising senior at Mamaroneck High School. She is heavily involved in her school’s film class as well as an active member and producer on her school’s T.V show, MHS info. Outside of film, Gretchen has a big love for sports. She plays on MHS’s Varsity Lacrosse team and combines both her love for sports and film by creating sports hype reels for different teams at the High School. In the future she hopes to pursue film by majoring in film production in college as well as minor in sports media.
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