Restoration’s 50th Anniversary Gala is a Smashing Success

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By Nilanjan Bhattacharya

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (“Restoration”) celebrated its 50th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. More than 550 guests attended the affair. Mayor David Dinkins, Jr. and other public officials present included Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, City Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen, former City Councilmember Al Vann and Assemblywoman Annette Robinson.

Attendees applauded enthusiastically as awards were presented to Robert Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance; Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation; Meredith Marshall, Co-founder and Managing Partner of BRP Companies; and MaryAnne Gilmartin, President & CEO of Forest City New York. Darren Walker received the Inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Award, an annual award instituted by Restoration to honor individuals and organizations demonstrating excellence in philanthropy and community service.

Entertainment included a performance of “The Again Sound of Dreams,” a special piece created by spoken word artist Carl Hancock Rux and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, as well as a testimonials of Restoration alumnae read by Jerome Preston Bates and members of “The Old Settler”—Michele Shay and Warner Miller. Restoration board member Antonia Yuille Williams hosted the Text-to-Pledge campaign that helped surpass our fundraising goal of a record $1.5 million!

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio paid homage to the legacy of Restoration with a proclamation from the City of New York designating October 30, 2017 as “Restoration Day!” His remarks underscored the important role Restoration will continue to play for the next 50 years and beyond.

We are honored to serve Central Brooklyn and offer our sincerest thanks to our many community partners, friends, and board members for helping make Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation a pillar of Brooklyn and New York City. To the next 50 years...Dream & Do.