Joseph and Alice Ficalora Philanthropic Award
Mr. Vafa Vahid and Hon. Bushra Vahdat
Together, Bushra, currently the Chief Administrative Law Judge for New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, and Vafa, a seasoned executive in the Financial Services Industry, have built a life centered on their shared strong sense of family and love for each other. Inspired by their upbringing and the teaching of their Baha’i faith, they have always prided themselves with serving the community.
After being introduced to Ellenmorris Tiegerman at a birthday party for their neighbor Teri Fritz, Bushra and Vafa were captivated by SLCD’s mission to help children. Their assistance enables SLCD to provide services that empower the children to achieve their potential and to live a more self-sufﬁcient life. By learning how to independently communicate with those around them, the young people who attend SLCD ultimately feel proud of who they are and confidently face any obstacles they experience along the way.
In addition to SLCD, Bushra and Vafa are involved in the support of various local and nationwide charitable and advocacy organizations. Some of the programs that have signiﬁcant meaning to them are: Tahirih Justice Center (women advocacy and ending gender-based violence), St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and North Shore Sheltering Program.
In their free time, Bushra and Vafa enjoy their three children, their daughter-in-law, and family and friends. They love to travel together and to see the world. The only time they typically stay apart is when Bushra stays away from Vafa on Sundays during the football season when the Giants are playing!!