Gerri Colon was born and raised in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. Gerri is married and has a 20 year old daughter. She attended Iona College and majored in Finance. She spent her entire career which expanded over 25 years in a Wall Street financial institution. She worked her way to become Vice President of the securities middle office operations for her company. Gerri Colon started her path to volunteer work while she was a student at Iona College. One of her class assignments was to organize a project for a charitable organization. In 1990, she chose a group located on Zerega Avenue in the Bronx called “Children Are Precious”. This Youth Advocacy Group received $3,500 from the benefit Gerri organized. The benefit was a music show at the St. Raymond School Auditorium. While Gerri spent 25 years at her place of employment, she was able to continue participating in charitable events. She organized many fundraisers to benefit many organizations, for example, Toys for Tots, The NY Foundling, Throggs Neck Merchant Association, Throggs Neck Girls Softball League, St. Frances de Chantal sports program and Salvation Army, among numerous others. She has spent the last 31 years devoting her time to these events. Her selfless work has included golf outings, dinner dances, card partys, street fairs, tree lightings, toy donations, etc. Because of all of Gerri’s devotion and hard work, she was able to raise approximately $500,000 over the course of 31 years. Gerri plans to continue her fundraising efforts with numerous existing and new organizations.