The Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee has announced that the 2020 Parade Grand Marshal will be Ms. Kate Bialo of Larchmont. Ms. Bialo was formally introduced as the 2020 Grand Marshal at the annual Parade Golf Outing on October 9th , at Westchester Hills Golf Club.
• The primary duty of the Grand Marshal is to represent the Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and Irish Americans in the area, and lead all the parade participants down Mamaroneck Avenue. The Grand Marshal also participates in fundraisers so that the group can continue to give back to the Sound Shore community. Ms. Bialo joins an impressive list of previous Sound Shore Parade Grand Marshals that include: Valerie M. O'Keeffe, former Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor and WVOX on-air personality and Kevin Plunkett, former Deputy Westchester County Executive.
• Ms. Bialo is known throughout Westchester County as being the driving force behind the founding of Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank in 2007. She has served as its volunteer Executive Director from inception. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work with Furniture Sharehouse, including United Way of Westchester & Putnam’s 2010 Dorothy Allen Community Service Award; Larchmont-Mamaroneck Tri-Municipal Human Rights Commission 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award; L’Oreal 2012 Woman of Worth Award; 2013 New York State Woman of Distinction nominated by Sen. George Latimer; 2015 Leadership Westchester Alumna of the Year. In addition, under her leadership, Furniture Sharehouse has received honors from many well-known organizations, including The New York Yankees (HOPE Week 2019) and Impact 100 Westchester.
By training, she is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and Texas with extensive corporate legal experience as in-house counsel to several international corporations. She is a graduate of University of Illinois (BA) and University of Texas Law School (JD). She is a Past President of The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound (2001-2002). Kate and her family are residents of Larchmont since 1989.
The Parade Committee will also honor Bialo as she will be presented with her Grand Marshal sash at The Shamrocks and Hearts Benefit on Feb. 8th at The Davenport Club in New Rochelle. In addition to celebrating the Grand Marshal, this important event is the primary fundraiser to finance the parade and scholarships.
For more information on how you and your organization can march in the parade or sponsor a fund-raiser, visit www.soundshoreparade.com.