What are the Angel Awards?

The Angel Awards are given to outstanding women in the community who are recognized for their charity work and who combine work, home life, and volunteering.
It is an opportunity for people to meet these incredibly talented and giving women and at the same time,
be in attendance as the community thanks them for their awesome work for other people.

Mission statement:
Equity First Foundation provides financial education, literacy and best practices to the community at low or no cost to individuals and groups from primary school through retirement and including life events.


To honor the Women of Long Island that have excelled and created impact in the areas of community, volunteer, philanthropy, and business development.

These are women who are leaders and rise above to help create a positive change for the families of Long Island.

  • Thank you for honoring me as an Angel in 2017.  I was pleased and humbled to accept this award and join in with past recipients whom I have great respect and admiration.  I would like to especially thank Equity First Foundation and Rhonda Klch along with those who nominated me and supported my nomination.  As a Mother, Executive Director of Kids Clubhouse and Volunteer with Kiwanis and Rotary, it was truly an honor to be recognized for my contributions in making a difference in our community for children and their families.
    Julie Watterson
    Executive Director of Kids Clubhouse
  • As a media executive and on-air host of a tv show on CBS, I have participated in many award presentations as a recipient, an attendee, and an emcee. The Angel Awards are top notch. The event impressed me because the networking that took place between the Angels was sincere and beneficial.
    Donna Drake
    President of Drake Media Network, Inc. Host, Executive Producer Live it Up with Donna Drake WLNY, CBS
  • Thank you, Rhonda, for your vision designing and executing Angel Awards in 2016. The benefits of being a recipient of this award was twofold. It provided my nonprofit foundation, Michael Magro Foundation, Inc. a platform to be seen by many new professionals and it gave me the opportunity to meet and network with some amazing women. Throughout the year I have kept in touch with some of the honorees and we are developing lasting relationships.
    Terrie Magro | VP Michael Magro Foundation, Inc.
  • I was extremely humbled when I was nominated as an Angel for the 1st Annual Equity First Foundation Angel Awards Dinner. To be recognized by an organization of such community minded and inspirational business people was truly an honor. And after hearing the names of the other honorees I was so happy to be in their company. We have all had our challenges, faced obstacles or just enjoy helping others which is what made us to be the chosen ones. We Angels made an instant connection and realized we all had the same goals...to help those in need. The event was uplifting, fun and full of surprises. I am so happy to hold the title of Angel!
    Sue Glenn
  • As Director of Development for The INN, my role is to celebrate & INNcourage the spirit of community compassion to support our efforts to serve those challenged by hunger and homelessness across Long Island. When I was nominated for The Angel Awards, I was both honored and humbled by the appointment. The evening was a lovely event. The world may currently be wounded in many ways- how wonderful to find a common ground with a spectrum of women who are aspiring to be instruments of change- for all the right reasons- and that reason is LOVE.
    Dorian Stern | Director Of Development


Rhonda Klch

When Rhonda Klch, founder of the company Equity First, attained her charity status approval she decided to do the Angel Awards as a panacea to the feeling that these wonderful community women were not getting deserved recognition for their work. The name “Angel” Awards was due to a recent passing in her family whom she felt was supporting her to do this.

During an interview that Ms. Klch gave to Brian Cohen on Strategies of Success, she gave several touching examples of women who were nominated:

A woman who is a nurse at Winthrop whose policeman husband was murdered on the job and is now raising their two children herself while running a Not for Profit organization, Just Cause; a dad who nominated his daughter who has a “godly gift” of taking care of special needs people all week and special needs children on the weekend; an employer in an insurance company who hired a high-functioning autistic girl who picked up all facets of underwriting in a matter of months and is an amazing employee, nominated his employee.

Special mention should be made regarding the Stonebridge Country Club as they, according to Ms. Klch, have been wonderful to the charity community. They understand the dynamics of the business community and charitable ideas. They are a first class strategic location as well.

Open to the public the Awards are $65 per ticket.