Partner in Caring Awards 2011

Posted on 6/15/2011 by The Bridge

The 57th Anniversary Partners in Caring Awards Dinner 2011 last week was a great success. In the beautiful setting of the Central Park Boathouse, supporters of The Bridge took in the theme of “A Night in Venice” while mingling amongst Venetian stilt-walkers, a robust silent auction, and a Venetian mask-maker. This year’s event raised more money than last year, with the proceeds going to support The Bridge’s broad range of services, including homeless housing initiatives for recent veterans, as well as the horticultural training program and urban farms.

The three honorees of the night who have made significant contributions that have positively impacted the lives of many Bridge clients, gave truly inspiring speeches throughout the night. Ron Garfunkel, President & CEO of Service Directions, Inc. received the Caring Award presented to him by Albert E. Mayas. Then NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, was honored as the 2011 Government Partner, and G. Oliver Koppell, Council Member, the New York City Council accepted the award on her behalf.
 And finally, George Ball, Chairman & CEO of W. Atlee Burpee & Co. and the Burpee Foundation, was presented the Individual Partner Award by Mel P. Barkan for being the founding supporter of The Bridge Horticultural Training Program and Urban Farms. Take a look at the event pictures on our Flickr.

But perhaps the highlight of the entire evening was when Robert Kaplan, Bridge client of 3 years, member of The Bridge Group Artists, and painter of the event invitation cover art, gave a moving and memorable speech about his life’s journey and how art and The Bridge have changed his life for the better. 

Thank you again to our honorees and all the supporters of The Bridge for helping us continue to innovate.

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