The event, which will be held at Jamaica’s Greater Allen AME Church of New York, will kick off with a breakfast during which seven individuals who have contributed to the Southeast Queens community will be honored. Its theme will be “Ambassadors for Change.”
The event’s special guest speakers include James O’Neill, the commissioner of the city’s Police Department, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
This year’s honorees are Marcia Keizs, the president of York College; Michelle Stoddart, the director of public relations and community development for Resorts World Casino; Kristel Johnson, deputy chief of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South; Courtney Ffrench, general manager of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center; Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce; Patrick B. Jenkins, a partner at Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates; and Colby Christina, an actress and TV show host.
Last year, the Queens Tribune and PRESS of Southeast Queens event honored Queens Deputy Borough President Melva Miler, the Jamaica Center Improvement District’s Valerie Stevens, the YMCA Jamaica’s Cedric Dew and Detectives Tanya Duhaney and Dorrin Ferguson. The event also featured a panel discussion on issues facing Southeast Queens.
The awards breakfast will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the Greater Allen AME Church of New York, which is located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Shanie Persaud by calling 718-357-7400, ext. 133, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.