David and Mona Sterling
Philanthropists of the Year
David and Mona Sterling tirelessly give back to the community here on Long Island and around the globe, generously supporting numerous not-for-profit and religious organizations. Both run highly successful companies, with David serving as CEO of SterlingRisk, one of the nation’s largest privately held insurance brokerages, and Mona operating Golden Lioness Corporation, a fully integrated property investment, management, and real estate development firm.
The Sterling’s passion for Judaism and Family is evidenced on the East End through their unwavering support of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach. Last year, Mona lost her Beloved Father, Jack Gora, who had survived the Holocaust, come to America, and was a founding benefactor of the Hampton Synagogue. The Sterling Family is principal contributor to the construction of Jack’s House at the Hampton Synagogue, named in honor of Jack Gora, which will serve as a children’s center for music, dance, and the arts.
The Family’s love of Jack was also evidenced last year when the Sterling’s sons Jonathan and Samuel and their wives, Samantha and Paz, made a significant donation in Jack’s memory to the American Society for Yad Vashem, for which they were recognized as Honorees at Yad Vashem’s annual Gala.
For the Sterlings, the greatest constants in their lives remain their love of Family, passion for Judaism, and commitment to Giving. These constants have inspired the numerous charities in which they are active, including the Hampton Synagogue; WIZO; the UJA Federation; AIPAC; the American Friends of Rambam Hospital; and the American Society for Yad Vashem.