NEW YORK - JUNE 7: Thursday, June 7, 2007, Cipriani Wall Street
, 55 Wall Street, New York City. Guardian Angels 2007 Annual Gala Dinner Dance: "Realizing Safety Through Education"
The Guardian Angels
, celebrated 28 years of service with its 2007 Gala Dinner Dance, "Realizing Safety Through Education", at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday June 7th 2007. The event featured a special presentations by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and other Distinguished Guests, Silent Auction by Steiner Sports Memorabilia,
Entertainment by New York City Swing
Dinner sponsored by The Frey Family Foundation
, Founder and CEO, Mary Sliwa
COO and Executive Director, awarded this year's Guardian Angels' distinguished honorees: Archangel Lifetime Leadership Award: Simon Bergson, President and CEO, Manhattan Beer Distributors; Archangel Outstanding New Yorker Award: John Catsimatidis
, Chairman and CEO, Red Apple Group/Gristedes
; Guardian Angels Champion for Safety through Education Award: I. Dolly Lenz, Vice Chairman, Douglas Elliman
; CyberAngel of the Year Internet Safety Award: Ed Moldaver
, Senior Managing Director, Bear Stearns; Guardian Angels Spirit of New York Award: Warner Wolf
, Sportscaster WABC-770 AM. These outstanding individuals and their companies support the Guardian Angel's Mission "Keeping it safe..." for our communities.
This year's Dinner Chairs were: Publisher, New York Post, Paul Carlucci
; Howard M. Lorber, Vector Group Ltd
.; Matthew Adell, President, Adellco, LLC.; Dick Soloway, Chairman and CEO, Donna Soloway, Security Publicist and Board Member, Napco Security Systems; and Ron Hershco, President, United Homes.
The Guardian Angels' Mission, "Keeping it Safe...", has evolved since the organization's inception in 1979, from community safety patrols on streets and subways to include school and family safety education programs and its Presidential Award winning Cyber Angels Program. The Guardian Angels' future visions include Web cast capabilities, and interactive site features such as Ask an Angel. Guardian Angels programs are designed to bring out the best in our youth by fostering inclusion, tolerance, kindness, civility, and volunteerism. The Guardian Angels' Star Studded 28th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance, is the organization's major annual fundraiser. Gala support and donations allow this non-profit organization to keep its programs current, train and provide resources to volunteers, and extend a hand when individuals' rights to safety are threatened.
ABOUT: The Guardian Angels
is an organization that believes in and works synergistically with local authorities in providing peaceful solutions to safeguard neighborhoods, schools and cyberspace from bullying, gangs, and violence. Empowering individuals, especially at-risk youth, to prioritize academic achievement and become role models for their peers is a critical component of the organization’s mission. The Guardian Angels
programs do make a difference. Their unarmed safety patrols, readily recognizable with red berets and jackets, deter crime on streets and subways. Guardian Angels youth programs teach personal safety, online safety, civic contribution, and inclusion. Messages focus on alternatives to gangs, making good decisions, conflict resolution, and sticking up for one another. FOUNDING:
The organization was founded by Curtis Sliwa
in 1979 and originally called the"Magnificent 13"
, a group dedicated to combating violence and crime on the New York City subways. At the time, the city was experiencing a crime wave. The Magnificent 13 grew and was renamed the Guardian Angels
. The group's actions drew strong reactions, both positive and negative, from the police, public officials, residents and the media. The group’s distinctive uniform, a military type red beret and white insignia t-shirt, is now however uniformly recognized as a symbol of safety and security bringing comfort to residents and local business, community and political leaders around the world. Today the organization, led by Curtis Sliwa
(Founder & Director) and his wife Mary Sliwa
(Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director), is nine countries and 82 cities around the world, with approximately 5,000 members.
Board of Trustees:
Chairman- Robert J. Frey; Jim Anderson, Henry Buhl, John A. Catsimatidis
, Margo Catsimatidis, Paul Clolery
, John DiDomenico, Mario M. Kranjac, Esq.
, Founding Partner of the Wall Street law firm Kranjac Manuali & Viskovic LLP
, Ed Moldaver
of MOLDAVER-CHREBET GROUP
at Morgan Stanley a Barron’s Top Ranked Adviser
, Ian Moore, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
, Curtis Sliwa, Mary Sliwa, Donna Soloway, Leon Temiz, Laura Tufano, Peter Weedfald, James E. Winner
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