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It was a glorious and joyous night as CEOs and presidents of prestigious organizations proudly rocked the raised red carpet runway to the sound of appropriate music to accept their “Vicki” statuettes like “Powerful lists” visit Bronx Potency List event at Maestro.

Among the 67 people we honored was Elizabeth toledo, who runs the YMCA like Vice President of Field Operations in the Bronx and Manhattan. Rightly the “YMCA” song of People of the village accompanied her as she danced to the stage!

Our DJ, Mike from Well done, set the mood for the night with his perfectly planned music appropriate for each winner.

For me, it was a pure joy to welcome the current Ministry of Education Chancellor of Schools Meisha Porter, who took on the challenge of educating millions of our children. She is in the process of becoming the first CEO of a new nonprofit, the Bronx Community Foundation.

Elizabeth Toledo (YMCA), New York Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, and New Settlement Executive Director Rigaud Noel.

I was proud to honor an old friend, lobbyist Patrick jenkins, who has built a powerful business that helps people navigate government agencies.

There were “cross” winners like Carlos naudon, the President and CEO of Ponce Bank, who also sits on the board of directors of the community Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Carlos Naudon struts the red carpet in style!

We organized the event at Maestro’s caterers, which was surprisingly decorated with white Christmas trees filled with shiny red ornaments and garlands for the holidays.

I had the honor to recognize the CEO and founder Barbara Naclerio, who, like me, makes her children work with her. She continues after recently losing her beloved husband and partner, Richard.

With Barbara Naclerio.

As a bonus to this incredibly joyful evening, the wonderful people in attendance helped raise $ 2,500 through sweepstakes to go directly to the Bronx Co-operative Development Initiative.

The Bronx was on fire with powerful people. It was a night to remember for all involved, as everyone had the opportunity to meet the leaders of important and influential groups in the Bronx. What a night!

Our next event is Brooklyn Women of Power in January. Stay tuned and nominate women for the ultimate networking event!

Spirit of a different kind (VICKI 4, 5 AND 6 GO TO THIS SECTION)

From the moment my oldest daughter Lara turned blue in the nursery hours after her birth, she led me on a path beyond my wildest imagination.

Our journey began with seemingly endless medical appointments as we searched for a cure for his seizures and then therapies to help him.

With (from left) Gabriella DiMisa, Tommy DiMisa, Michael Kitakis and Charles Evdos.

After a painful two-year research, my pediatric neurologist slowly, but firmly, told my husband and I that Lara would have a 3-month development that would need comprehensive care for her entire life.

My journey in trying to help her led me to create The WORC of life, who started out as a small group of fabulous women, and then hosted buses full of volunteers raising funds and offering their time and love to the folks at Willowbrook State School, where Lara was in their infant rehab center, which we called the “baby buildings”. “

(Front) Tommy DiMisa, Carrie McDermott Goldman, Mell Goldman, Noel Raab, Louis Panacciulli, (Back) Vince Blasi and Ed Probst.

Sadly, that wasn’t the answer and with a federal class action lawsuit in place in which she was a named plaintiff, we brought Lara home and changed Life’s WORC’s mission to a group home provider, where she took over. spent the rest of his 17 years living with dignity and love.

Fast forward 50 years, and now thousands of groups similar to Life’s WORC are helping those like Lara who benefited from the trial victory.

Friday evening I had the pleasure of visiting the Spirit of Huntington Art Center, a former school building with surprisingly large windows that has been transformed into a community arts center.

It is managed in collaboration by the arts center Executive Director Michael Kitakis and Charles Evdos, the 40-year-old executive director TO AUGMENT, which operates dozens of group homes and programs for people with disabilities.

(Front) Deirdre McCauley, Joan MacNaughton, Charles and Renea Evdos, (Back) Mike Moriarty and Catherine McCauley.

Together, they have come together to create an environment where people with special needs and veterans can have fun and create art, make music and dance.

I was impressed with the activities in all corners of the building which are devoted to creative expression. It is an innovative model for each community!

They really got him out of the park! What a power for the Huntington community!

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