Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Celebrates 43 Years of Service, Honors Philanthropic Leaders

Nation's First Community Development Corporation Celebrates Service to the Central Brooklyn, NY Community

On June 16th, over 350 people joined with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation at Manhattan’s Pier 60, to mark the nation’s first community development corporation’s 43rd year of service to the Central Brooklyn community. The annual fundraising event themed 'Cultivating an Abundant Community,' bestowed honors on three philanthropic leaders: Kimberly Davis, Head of JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy; New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and Gabriella Morris, President of the Prudential Foundation. In photo: Restoration Board Chair Wayne Winborne, honoree JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; the Honorable William Gray (presenter); and Restoration President Colvin Grannum.

Among the many honored guests included The Honorable William Gray III, Co-Chairman, Grayloeffler LLC; Community Service Society President, David Jones; New York City Councilmember Albert Vann; NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh; NY Regent at Large, Dr. Lester Young, Jr.; and Kim Jasmin, Vice President for JPMorgan Chase, who served as the dinner chair for the evening.

The Honorable Velmanette Montgomery received the Restoration Founder's Award for Outstanding Service to Children and Families. A long time partner of Restoration and champion of Central Brooklyn, Senator Montgomery is responsible for earmarks totaling $400,000 for community arts programs and services for formerly incarcerated youth.

Kimberly Davis, Head of JPMorgan Chase Foundation received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Leadership. Under Ms. Davis’ leadership, JPMorgan Chase has helped Restoration launch and expand its workforce and economic development programming and is currently advising the organization as it prioritizes education as a means of eradicating systemic poverty.

Restoration Board Chair Wayne Winborne, Prudential Foundation President and Honoree Gabriella Morris, the Honorable William Gray, and Restoration President Colvin Grannum. (2nd photo) Restoration Board Chair Wayne Winborne, Restoration President Colvin Grannum, State Senator and Honoree Velmanette Montgomery; Regent at Large, Dr. Lester Young, Jr

Gabriella Morris, President of the Prudential Foundation received the Jacob Javits Achievement Award for Outstanding Support for Community Development. Through her leadership, Prudential continues to make significant contributions to educational reform, youth leadership and economic development nationwide.

Highlights of the event included testimonials from students, a performance by Restoration’s signature youth dance ensemble, the Restoration Dance Theatre Company; a silent auction, and dancing to the sounds of the Classic Soul Revue.

Visit the website at http://www.restorationplaza.org/.

Photo credit: Margot L. Jordan, International Photojournalist, 646.226.6652

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