Celebrating Nonprofits and Leaders and the Neighborhoods They Serve Is a Gratifying Experience We Look Forward to Annually
NTAC’s 11th year celebrating nonprofits and leaders seemed the best, yet. The weather was perfect; the Manhattan skyline sparkled; the Caribbean theme and entertainment kept everyone’s spirits high. Celebrating Nonprofits and Leaders seemed destined by the universe.
You can catch the flavor on our slideshow on the 2018 Gala Page .
This year’s nonprofit beneficiaries represented a broad spectrum of grassroots endeavors. They included: from Queens, Saeeda Dunston, Executive Director of ELMCOR Human Services Providers; from The Bronx, Annette Thomas of Fellowship Covenant Church; Jarret Freeman from the newly formed Student Debt Commission; from Brooklyn Bessie Edwards from the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium; Trudy Phillip of the Northfield Bank Foundation which recognizes grass-roots nonprofits as a essential to their communities and Malika Karteron of B’Above Worldwide Institute serving children and families at 13 sites.
And there were the Community leaders recognized for their vision and guidance.
NTAC honored Judge Sylvia G. Ash as the Caribbean Women of the Year in the spirit of the Honorable Shirley Chisholm; Mr. Earl Phillips as the Caribbean Man of the Year in the spirit of Mr. Lowell Hawthorne.
Attorney Sanford A. Rubenstein, prominent civil rights attorney received the Johnnie L. Cochran Justice Award, presented by Hawk Newsom of Black Lives Matter NY.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns. Towns was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and served 15 terms, retiring in January 2013. He became the chair the powerful Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He chaired the Congressional Black Caucus in 1991 and created the Congressional Social Work Caucus in 2010 to provide a platform on the Hill for the social work profession. He was able to realize one of his dreams when he and CRISP organized the first Social Work Day on the Hill March 17, 2014.
Look for a repeat celebration next June.