A Wall Streeter who brings Christmas to needy kids

Receiving recognition for their help with the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club were, from left, Rebecca and Alfred Zaccagnino, founding partner of Samarian Group, and Steven and Maureen Van Zandt. Also in photo at right is Dan Quintero, the club's executive director.
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Sometimes even Santa Claus needs a little help, especially when it comes to the kids who need it the most.

For the past eight years, Santa's had a big helper in Alfred Zaccagnino, a private equity pro and low-key yuletide benefactor, In between traipsing around the globe making deals for investors, he finds time to bring good spirit and gifts to a neighborhood that otherwise might have a pretty blue Christmas.

Each year, he helps stage a holiday show and present distribution at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, which has two locations in the Bronx.

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Zaccagnino, president and founder of Samarian Group, is part of a makeshift network of do-gooders, many of whom are affiliated with the New York Yankees. Samarian's business interests cover the globe, with his most recent endeavors involving the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.

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