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.
John A. Danzi
On February 25, George Wafer passed away peacefully at his home in East Burke, Vt. after fighting a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Marian, and daughter Melissa with her husband Rob, and his beloved grandchildren Oliver and Ainsleigh.
He leaves behind a legacy of compassion, honor, and loving people.
He was a graduate of Columbia University and an Eagle Scout. Early in his OEM career he was referred to as the “Maverick” in and industry publication and was responsible for the development of the first lock out radio in the United States for Saab, solving theft problems.
He started with Audiovox, then introduced Clarion to the U.S. automotive aftermarket and then the OEM market.
George believed deeply in forming relationships with people and treated all of his business partners as family. He was a loving and kind man who made sure that everyone around him was well taken care of and was trusted by everyone who was fortunate enough to do business with him.
He also believed in giving and proved that through his work with children. He was the founding director and board member of the Clark Gillies Foundation. He was active in promoting the foundation and raising funds for children all over the United States through his business associates and friends. George’s commitment included providing office space and office services for the foundation as well. He was known for stepping up in a crisis and never saying “no” when asked for help. This commitment to people was extended to individuals as well as groups.
He continued his commitment to helping children by starting with Wafer Family Foundation with his wife Marian. He provided a recreational tradition and raised money for children in the small town of Burke Vermont by starting the annual Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash over 6 years ago, which is how many people in Burke will remember him.
He wasn’t just a business man, he was also a man who deeply loved his family and extended that help to his family and friends. He believed in being a strong male role model and showing that hard work and determination will pay off in the future. He was proud of his Irish, Bronx heritage and as everyone who loved him knows he was proud to share his love of the New York Yankees to anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to already know about them. He lived his life surrounded by laughter and joy and will be missed by many.