December 11, 2013 marked the Human Services Council’s (HSC’s) 18th annual Leadership Awards Reception at the 320 Park Avenue space graciously provided by Mutual of America. Over 250 close friends of HSC attended and helped us raise over $110,000 to support HSC’s advocacy efforts to improve human services for New York City.
The evening began with Michael Stoller, our Executive Director, introducing Tyrone Golatt, Senior Field Vice President, and welcoming the attendees. Tyrone spoke about the value of HSC’s work and how Mutual of America is happy to partner with, and support us. We are grateful for the continued support of Mutual of America.
The first special honor of the night, presented by Michael Stoller, went to Elliot Pagliaccio, Deputy Comptroller of the New York State Comptroller’s Office, for his work in highlighting the important role of nonprofits in NY and strengthening the sector. Angela Dixon, also Deputy Comptroller at the Office of the New York State Comptroller, accepted the award on behalf of Elliot who was unable to attend due to severe illness.
Next, Joel Copperman, HSC’s Board Chair, presented the Leaders of Influence Award to Dr. Peter Campanelli, Reg Foster, Frank Mauro, Carolyn McLaughlin, and Wanda Wooten in recognition of the important contributions they have made to the human services sector. Their hard work and dedication have made the communities and people of New York stronger. Dr. Campanelli then, “passed the torch,” by presenting the Next Generation Leadership Award to Zachary Blodgett and Katherine Eckstein, who are emerging leaders in the sector that have already made exceptional contributions. We look forward to their future accomplishments.
Marla Simpson, HSC Board Member, presented our next special honor to Louisa Chafee, former Executive Director for Management Innovation in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and recent appointee of Governor Cuomo to the position of Deputy Secretary for Human Services and Information Technology. HSC has worked in partnership with Louisa to develop and implement HHS Accelerator, a new system designed to streamline the contracting process for nonprofits in NYC. We are grateful to Louisa and the rest of the Accelerator team for their innovative work and partnership.
In honor of an organization that has always supported the human services sector and HSC, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, HSC Board Member, presented the Friend of the Human Services Community award to IBM, accepted by Stan Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. For many years, IBM has provided grants to HSC for technology support and workshops for our members, greatly increasing the capacity of our sector to serve greater numbers of people more efficiently and effectively.
Our final special honor of the night was presented by Sister Paulette LoMonaco, HSC Board Member, to Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services. Her visionary leadership changed the face of human services nonprofits in NYC and created an extraordinarily collaborative partnership with our sector. We are thankful for her years of collaborative work with our sector and many years of public service.
The last, but certainly not the least, of our honorees was Jennifer March, who received the HSC Advocacy Champion Award, presented by Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and Jim Purcell, HSC Board Member. Jennifer’s tireless advocacy efforts have contributed so much to NYC – most recently, in the Campaign for Children, which helped restore funding to programs for more than 47,000 children. We are grateful to have Jennifer on our Board of Directors and know she will continue fighting to make NYC a better place for children.
Special thanks to our platinum sponsor, IBM; our gold sponsors, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, The Children’s Aid Society, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, and UJA-Federation of New York; our patrons, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, Institute for Community Living, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Phipps Community Development Corporation, Project Renewal, Public Health Solutions, Urban Pathways, and YMCA of Greater New York; and our supporters, Jewish Child Care Association and Lighthouse International; as well as Mutual of America, who helped make the reception a success.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of HSC and the work we do. We look forward to the coming New Year with new beginnings!
Contributed by Jason Wu of the Human Services Council.