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Board of Directors

All of the board of directors of The Clark Gillies Foundation generously donate their time year after year to making The Clark Gillies Foundation the success it is today. Please feel free to contact any one of the board members with any questions, concerns, suggestions, and potential sponsorships with the various fund raising events The Clark Gillies Foundation has every year.


To know Clark Gillies as the tough Islander Hall of Fame Hockey hero and not as the humanitarian would be a great mistake. Clark is of course a Hall of Fame Hockey Legend, however, most of us that work with Clark know him as a very giving, sincere, and emotional humanitarian who contributes so very much to the needs of children. Clark is really a “softy” in disguise as his passion for his community and children far outweigh his legendary brawls in the NHL. Clark personally oversees the entire organization, its activities, the charities it contributes to, and of course visits the children whenever his schedule allows.

Marian Wafer is the president of The Clark Gillies Foundation and the first recipient of the Humanitarian Award. Marian works tirelessly every year organizing fundraisers, promoting events, and furthering the goals of The Clark Gillies Foundation.

George Wafer is actively involved in numerous charities including serving as a director of the Clark Gillies Foundation. George is president of VMS Inc and has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years. He was a divisional manager of Clarion Corporation and was also the Vice President of Audiovox Corporation. In 1997 George Wafer was the recipient of the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award. Mr. Wafer started his own foundation in 2005 to help children and their families.

John A. Danzi currently develops and manages hotels operating in New York and New Jersey. John was the president of Oxford Resources Corp. in 1979 when it commenced automobile leasing operations, developing the business plan that served as the foundation for the company’s future success.
Always involved in not-for-profit institutions throughout Long Island, John has supported and served on the boards of a wide range of charities, including the Center for Developmental Disabilities, the Christian Nursing Hospice, St. Joseph’s College, the Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Inc.

Advisory Board

Joe Collins
John A. Danzi
Laura Duffy
Kevin Fee
Sal Ferro
Clark Gillies
Pam Gillies
Frank LeMieux
Dan Lunde
Doug Manditch
Gina McManus
Bob Nystrom
Paul Paternoster
Steve Trentacoste
George Wafer
Marian Wafer