Thursday, January 27, 2011

The NYC Star Awards

Last night, the Pride Agenda took over the Vlada Lounge to celebrate the amazing contributions of our volunteers. Delicious food and drinks were enjoyed by all, and staff, board, volunteers, and supporters alike all got to mix and mingle to the fabulous beats of DJ Missy B (Pride Agenda’s own Lead Finance Coordinator Missy Bolds)!

The night revolved around honoring five of our incredible volunteers for all they’ve done for the Pride Agenda. Reverend Anna Taylor Sweringen and Gustavo Pedroza were unable to attend, so Lead Organizer Kate McDonough graciously accepted their awards on their behalf. Rev. Taylor Sweringen was instrumental in building broader support among clergy in Queens and Gustavo was a tireless volunteer on key campaigns in Queens.

Special Events Coordinator Joshua Best presented volunteer Thao Le with a Star Award for her wonderful efforts at many fundraising events. Thao has come to be an integral part of the Pride Agenda’s fundraising work, acting as a leader and always having a smile on her face. Thao told us, “It’s great to be recognized for something you love to do.” Thank you, Thao!

Director of Major Gifts Donnie Roberts presented a Star Award to Dusty Mortimer-Maddox, who “never thought you could get an award for licking envelopes!” In reality, Dusty assists the Pride Agenda with a great number office-related tasks that would never get done without her dedication and attention to detail. The Pride Agenda thanks you, Dusty!

Kelly Canzoneri received her Star Award from Director of Downstate Organizing Desma Holcomb. Kelly began working with the Pride in Our Union effort and is now a shop steward at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kelly has exhibited her amazing and unique talents both in her own work and in her work with the Pride Agenda, and we couldn’t be more grateful!

Each and every volunteer plays a vital role in this organization’s ability to function and in the movement toward LGBT equality. Thank you so much to each of you. We’re looking forward to another great year!

Sign up to volunteer for your chance to get a Star Award of your own this year.

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