Farewell to Deacon Ray Standford Miller

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 10/25/2012, 1:38 p.m.

Following on the heels of this event will be the Signature Event of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs. Scheduled to take place Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., this will be uptown's answer to downtown's shindig. Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Lloyd Sherman, who passed away earlier this year, the Signature Event has Michelle Paige Paterson, former New York state first lady, as its honorary chair. Dinner committee chair is Denise Ellison. It's not too early to mark your calendars--so do so now lest you forget. Call 212-241-8276 for tickets.

Happy birthday to you, Neal Forman, Dr. Johnny Williams, Derrick Singleton and Charles Mitchell. Happy anniversary, Seymour James and the Hon. Cheryl Chambers.

At the eighth annual Celebration of Hope Auction for the Bowery Mission's Women's Center, held at the Bowery Hotel, $141,000 was raised. The Bowery Mission Women's Center, Manhattan's only faith-based residential recovery program for homeless women, is committed to the vision of a safe home where a woman without shelter, without hope and without an advocate can find spiritual, emotional and physical restoration. Visit www.bowery.org to learn more.

I know the month was July, I'm just not sure if it was July 2012 or 2011. What I do remember is telling you all about a mega-event that raised mega-millions to continue the renovation of Roosevelt Island. Finally, after a long and often tumultuous time, the finishing touches have been completed and topped off with the dedication ceremony officially opening the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park (now you remember). All the political bigwigs were there to kick things off, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a few of Roosevelt's grand- and great-grandchildren, and others too politically savvy to mention.

It was 1941 when FDR, then president of the United States, made his rousing "Four Freedoms" speech. To this day, that speech remains a cornerstone of democracy. Freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear: Tell that to the Middle East.

Until next week ... kisses.