Aquatic Training at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

A financial consultant with more than a decade of experience, Alfred Zaccagnino currently serves as founding president of the boutique investment firm Samarian Group, Ltd. In this role, he oversees the general organization and planning for the company, in addition to heading executive management and business development. Alfred Zaccagnino is also a devoted philanthropist, who supports such charitable organizations as the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club provides fun and educational programs that aim to enhance the quality of life for youth ages 6 to 18. Among other options, its learn-to-swim program offers safety instruction along with recreational swimming and the opportunity to compete on a swim team. American Red Cross-certified instructors utilize a six-level instructional approach to teach basic strokes such as the breast stroke, front crawl, backstroke, and butterfly, as well as fundamental safety skills and diving techniques. Classes meet in a supportive, interactive environment once a week for ten weeks and are limited to ten students per class.


Leading Actors in Mary, Mother of Christ

An investment professional and philanthropist, Alfred Zaccagnino has also contributed his skills as the executive producer of the film Mary, Mother of Christ.

Conceived as a prequel to The Passion of the Christ, the film Mary, Mother of Christ will feature a number of accomplished Hollywood performers. For the lead role, the Israeli actress Odeya Rush, born in 1997 in the city of Haifa, was chosen. Ms. Rush began her career at the age of eleven and has since appeared in such television series as Law and Order: SVU and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Cast as a co-star in the 2012 film The Odd Life of Timothy Green, she has since secured roles in the film adaptations of the Goosebumps series and Lois Lowry’s The Giver.

In Mary, Mother of Christ, Ms. Rush appears alongside British actress Julia Ormond, who has lent her talents to such successful films as 1994’s Legends of the Fall and 2003’s Resistance. Ms. Ormond will play Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. The film also features the late Peter O’Toole, cast as Symeon, and Ben Kingsley, who portrays King Herod.