45th Annual Community Service Awards DinnerOn September 26, 2013, Hope celebrated 45 years of community service with our Annual Community Service Awards Dinner! This year's Community Service Awards event was held at  The New York Academy of Medicine, and its theme was "Rebuilding Neighborhoods One Block at a Time.” The reception was hosted by Friends of Hope and Apex Mechanical with opening remarks by Reed Rickman, President of Apex Mechanical.
The evening’s music was provided by the Manna House Faculty Three, who were first-time musical guests at this event. Joining us once again as Mistress of Ceremonies was the Emmy-Award winning correspondent Lynda Baquero (WNBC 4, above). The 2013 awardees included Frederick Benfredj, President, Exotic Fragrances International, Inc., Dr. Jacqueline Mondros, Dean, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York and Nancy Lepre, President, Avante Contracting. The keynote address  was given by Marc Jahr, President, NYC Housing Development Corporation. New York City Comptroller John Liu and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito arrived to show their support along with our many sponsors.
Hope Community honored the aforementioned awardees for their significant contributions to the East Harlem community. Their impact has contributed to rebuilding neighborhoods and enriching East Harlem/El Barrio, one block at a time.


43rd Annual Community Service Awards Dinner
On September 20, 2012, Hope Community, Inc. hosted its 43rd Annual Community Service Awards Gala at Gran Piatto d’Or Restaurant. The event was generously sponsored by The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Avante Contracting Corporation, and the Apex Mechanical Corporation.
The event opened with a Friends of Hope VIP Reception hosted by Board member Kathy Benson, followed by an address by Henry M. Calderon, Trustee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center and President of the East Harlem Chamber of Commerce.
Immediately following the reception, was the Gala’s Community Service Award Dinner hosted by Mr. Brad Beckstrom, Director of Government & Community Affairs for The Mount Sinai Medical Center, which celebrated the theme “Spirit of East Harlem”, and honored individuals who have made lasting contributions to the community.  Distinguished awardees were the Hon. Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, and Mr. Hank Prussing, muralist of the Spirit of East Harlem located on 104th street at Lexington Avenue. Also, recognized was former long-time Hope Community Board Member, Ms. Octavia Flemister.
Presenters included Hope Board President, Ann Henderson and Board Member Roger Caban.
Congratulations to the 2012 awardees, and a very special thank you to the sponsors of the 43rd Annual Community Service Awards Dinner for their support of our work and mission.


annual-community-service-awards-gala-42ndOn September 22, 2011, Hope Community, Inc. hosted our 42nd Annual Community Service Awards Gala! This year's Community Service Awards Gala theme was "Latinos Who Changed the Face of America" and was hosted by Lynda Baquero (WNBC 4). 
2011 awardees included Lynda Baquero (WNBC 4) and The Honorable Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez (District 68) featuring a keynote address by Adolfo Carrion, Jr. (HUD).
Presenters included State Senator Jose Serrano and Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio Margarita Aguilar. Additionally, we honored the legacy of the late jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz.
Held at The New York Academy of Medicine, this year's awards gala was the first year the community service award was named after George Calvert -- a founding member and past Executive Director of Hope Community. Gala sponsors included WNBC 4/Telemundo 47, The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
The Board of Directors of Hope Community honored remarkable individuals who have made lasting contributions to the community. Hope admires the tremendous service and work of these and many other champions of Hope’s mission to create better communities and enrich the lives of the people who live and work within them.