For Immediate Release

Debra Scala Giokas
Director of Marketing

Skolnik and Ziegler Honored as Every Day Heroes By Hope For Youth

October 08, East Meadow, NY – On October 2 at Land’s End in Sayville, Fred Skolnik (resident of Plainview)  and Brian K. Ziegler (resident of Woodsburgh), Partners in  the Corporate/Securities Law Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, along with Quyen Rovner, a social worker at Walnut Elementary School in Uniondale, were honored as Every Day Heroes by Hope for Youth (“HFY”) at its Heroes for Hope Gala. Each year HFY honors “individuals who see a problem & do something to solve it” with the Elizabeth Bass Golding Award.

Fred Skolnik is a Board Member of Mentor New York, and co-founder of the LIKE (Lawyers Involved in Kids’ Education) program. This volunteer program establishes mentoring relationships between the law firm’s attorneys, staff and other volunteers with potentially “at-risk” elementary school students. Fred has been administering the LIKE program since 2004 and says that this experience is “the best hour of his week.”

In his speech, Skolnik said, “Where else can you get away for an hour each week at lunchtime, hang out with some really terrific 4th and 5th graders, collaborate with some amazing professionals at the Walnut Street School in Uniondale, including Quyen Rovner, the school Social Worker who is also being honored tonight, and play word games with kids and mentors that not only help to develop vocabulary and analytical skills, but are also a lot of fun.”

Brian Z. Ziegler is a Board Member of Mentor New York and a past Co-Chair and honoree of the organization. Brian is also a co-founder and participant in the LIKE program, and believes his 14 years spent with the program has had positive influences on his own mentoring relationships he developed. In his speech, Ziegler said, “And so while I accept my award for a supporting role, I compliment you in recognizing the accomplishments of Fred Skolnik and all he has done to improve the lives – and the future – for so many young people and for presenting this honor to him for his leading role.”

About Hope For Youth

For almost 50 years, HFY has provided services for children, youth and families, spanning a continuum of care from out-patient, clinical and preventive services, to foster care, diagnostic and emergency residential services. The organization works with children as young as birth through 21 across the Long Island region. With seven residential facilities, over 40 foster homes and 130 staff members, HFY has grown into one of Long Island’s preeminent providers of services for children and families. HFY’s Founder Elizabeth Bass Golding was considered an Every Day Hero of her time, and her mission was to help the “Lost Children” on Long Island. For more information about HFY, visit

About Certilman Balin

Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Long Island’s second largest full-service law firm, has offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Its 15 practice areas include: real estate, real property tax certiorari and condemnation, cooperative and condominium, land use, environmental law, corporate/securities, litigation, commercial lending, labor relations/employment law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, nonprofit/tax exempt and religious organizations, trusts and estates, elder law, telecommunications law, and criminal law.