The Cosmopolitan Review: May 17 - May 23
Accepting his award Rangel stated, “This award means so much as it epitomizes where I came from and with God’s help where I was able to go. After serving in the war and coming back home to marry Alma, I found we had more in common besides love and affection. We had a connection at Northside. Alma knew Mamie Clark and I knew Ray Jones, a powerful Democrat at the time, who convinced Kenneth Clark to endorse me. It was the start of my political career. Northside is the perfect example that anybody can make it, given the opportunity. It’s what makes our country so great. It’s not just money, but honest support.”
Griffin was introduced by Northside’s Chairman Michael Goldstein, who thanked and recognized IngenioRx Anthem, Inc., for their years of service to the New York City community, ensuring good health for all. Goldstein further enlightened guests by announcing the launch of its $15 million capital campaign. Of that amount, $10 million has already been raised, $4 million of which was donated by Susan and Alan Patricof and the remainder a gift from the Neuman Dumount family, Roger Strauss and an anonymous female. Another $1.2 million was raised at the evening’s event.
The funds will be used to sustain current programs and services, as well as open Northside Center’s new three-story headquarters on 108th and Park Avenue. Scheduled for completion by 2020, the new space is 28,000 square feet and will host Northside’s administrative offices, main mental health clinic, and a special education school, enabling Northside Center to do what they’ve always done— serve families across the city to meet one of their most critical needs, developing healthy children. To help and encourage support for this undertaking, Northside is conducting a “buy a brick” campaign. Send in your donation to buy a brick and have your name inscribed on it.
A Northside event wouldn’t be a Northside event without the lovely and dedicated Dr. Thelma Dye, The Hilde L. Mosse executive director and CEO. Warmly giving tribute to the Patricofs, Rich Rabino, members of the board and the Northside staff, Dye stated, “The Clark’s put us in and now we’re breaking new ground to use for those who have been relentless in achieving goals. Northside works to make sure every child gets a start in life, to minimize trauma.” The programs and initiatives put forth by Northside continue to grow. No stone is left unturned when it comes to recognizing where help is needed “to build brighter futures every day.”
Among those in attendance were Kim Wheatly, Lisa Pendergras, Barbara North, Carl and Faye Rodney, Richard Green Jr., Carlton Holms, Gina Granger and others too committed to mention.
Tired of spring cleaning? Well, it’s time to liven up yourself, and what better way than to head down to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, where Obie Award-Winning actress Anna Deavere Smith will be performing her one-woman show, “Notes From the Field.”
Hailed as one of the most provocative theater artists of our time, Smith is about to put on an indelible performance depicting the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. Having played the Royal Court in London’s West End, the show will go on at the Schimmel Center, June 1 and June 2. The way time is flying, you had better get tickets now.