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Friday, June 30, 2023
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Nonprofits host 2023 Bronx Pride Festival
The Bronx Pride festival, brought hundreds of people together to celebrate Pride through dancing, performances, prayer, services, and food. Destination Tomorrow, a nonprofit that focuses on economic empowerment for LGBTQ+ people in the Bronx, was the main host of the event.
The festival held earlier this month featured co-hosts Aja from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Jack Mizrahi, a writer for the tv show POSE. Crowds formed around the stage to sing and dance alongside performers. When there wasn't anyone on stage, sounds of salsa, dembow, reggaeton, and house music radiated through the street.
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– Sarah Torres
Attendees at the 2023 Bronx Pride Festival | SARAH TORRES
On Thursday, June 15, Flushing Town Hall held its annual gala, Around the World & Home Again. The gala celebrated the Smithsonian Affiliate’s mission to bring people together through arts and culture from around the globe. This year, the gala honored Broadway Deity André De Shields, President and CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) Wayne Ho, and Founder of the Guru Krupa Foundation Mukund Padmanabhan. Veronica Y. Tsang was the presenting sponsor for this year’s gala. As the nonprofit’s main benefit event of the year, the funds raised at the gala are critical for Flushing Town Hall to achieve its mission.
On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, Queens Theatre held its annual Gala, honoring Michael "Sully" Sullivan, Chief of Staff to Steve Cohen - Owner of the NY Mets and CEO of Point72 and The MBS Group. The funds raised at the event will support Queens Theatre’s ongoing programming, strengthen the theater’s capacity to offer classes for children and seniors, present a range of excellent performances, and produce new works of theater while keeping ticket prices low for patrons. Support from the Gala is also critical to extending the impact of Theatre For All (TFA) – a multi-faceted initiative that was formally launched five years ago to advance the inclusion of Deaf/Disabled people in the performing arts, as audience members, performers, and students.
In recognition of Pride Month, panelists from “JCCA Pride,” a committee comprised of staff members from across the organization, who advocate, educate, and celebrate the young people they serve and their families, gathered on Thursday for a panel discussion entitled In Conversation with JCCA Pride: Focusing On ‘Our Youth.’ The panelists drew parallels between their personal histories, the stories of the youth they work alongside, and connections between past and present-day happenings. Specific topics included resilience and the current political climate. JCCA is one of New York’s oldest child and family services organizations, providing the highest quality child welfare and mental health services to more than 17,000 children and their families annually.
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Administration for Children's Services: The agency awarded $5,748,021 to University Settlement Society Of New York for prevention services.
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Mayor Eric Adams and the City Council agreed yesterday to a $107 billion city budget following tense negotiations that tempered some of the administration’s cuts, including those to libraries, CUNY and programs for seniors (Gothamist) … The Supreme Court ruled that the use of race as a factor in admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina was unconstitutional, departing from a nearly half-century of guidance on affirmative action and erecting new hurdles for underrepresented students of color and efforts by schools to ensure diversity in their classrooms (Gothamist) … A tentative New York City budget agreement restores funding to a handful of initiatives that Mayor Eric Adams initially nixed, including one focused on student mental health and another that provides child care subsidies to undocumented families (Chalkbeat) … Fire officials issued their first violations for possession of tampered-with e-bike batteries only after a deadly June 20 fire at a Chinatown e-bike service store – even though the law banning those particularly volatile devices had been on the books for three months (The City)
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