Lon T. Dolber, president and CEO of American Portfolios Financial Services has been named a Hometown Hero by the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders. The recognition is part of a program run by New York Community Bank and the NYCB Family of Banks to raise awareness of individuals who make a difference in their local communities.

Dolber, who established American Portfolios in 2001, has generously supported the Center for Discovery, a research and innovation center for the nearly 1,200 people diagnosed annually with complex disabilities.

Since 2010, Dolber has served as a key organizer and volunteer for a partnership between the Center for Discovery and World T.E.A.M., a nonprofit organization that brings adaptive and able-bodied athletes together for inclusive athletic events; Dolber has been World T.E.A.M’s vice chairman.

“I am extremely honored to be included among the program’s previous Hometown Heroes who believe, as do I, that giving back to the community is a responsibility each of us should make time in our lives to be engaged in,” Dolber said in a statement.

Each year American Portfolios, the Center for Discovery and World Team stage the Adventure Team Challenge — a series of athletic, recreational and outdoor experiences for individuals with significant physical and behavioral disabilities.

For the annual event, American Portfolios employees, affiliated investment professionals, friends and other volunteer act as team members and provide logistical support.

Recently, American Portfolios made a five-year funding commitment, though its own foundation, to develop and operate American Portfolios Assistive Technology Lab within the Center for Discovery’s Technology Hub and Incubator. The dedicated laboratory aims to develop products, technologies and devices for individuals with a range of disabilities and complex conditions so they can better experience and interact with nature and the outdoors.

Dolber and American Portfolios also support  Virtual Enterprises International, a nonprofit group that organizes in-school experiential learning programs for high school students to form entrepreneurial startup businesses; the Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund, which supports earthquake-recovery community efforts in the Thame Valley, Nepal; the Butterfly Effect Project to empower young girls; and Honor Flight Long Island, which flies war veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials.

“I firmly believe that companies have an obligation to be socially responsible and to share that mission with their employees and their clients; leading by example often has the benefit of creating a trickle-down effect,” the American Portfolios CEO explained.

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