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CWNY celebrates 26 years of service

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu May 2, 2013.

The Center for the Women of New York will honor Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Sunnyside) as its “Woman of Distinction” during its 26th Annual Luncheon on Saturday, April 17 at Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd. in Douglaston.

At the annual fundraising event, which will begin at noon, the organization celebrates men and women in leadership who are committed to women’s rights and who have made major contributions.

Nolan was first elected to the Assembly in 1984, representing a substantial chunk of Northwest Queens. She has been chairwoman of the Assembly’s education committee since 2006.

Other women to be recognized at the event include Zenaida Mendez, president of the state’s National Organization for Women chapter, and Heidi Evans, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Daily News specializing in health and social issues.

The CWNY will also recognize the efforts of Community Education Council 26’s Anita Saunders, as well as Felicia Papert Lercari, founder of Music and the Brain, an organization that provides public school kids with enriching cultural opportunities.

Jeannie Doherty-Benckwit, director of outreach and enrollment of AgeWell, NY, and Susan Cohen, director of community relations of Brandywine at the Savoy, will also be honored, among others.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-LI, Queens) and Transitional Services for NY Chief Executive Officer Larry Grubler will be honored with “Good Guy” awards, among others.

The Spring Luncheon is both a celebration of the CWNY’s 26 years of service to women, and as a fundraiser to complete the renovation of the group’s building at Fort Totten.

The center was founded in 1987 by Ann Jawin, who remains its board chairwoman. It now operates out of offices at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, offering abuse prevention, training and education for women.

Plans call for the group to eventually move to a renovated building at Fort Totten in Bayside. Work is expected to take about a year and the CWNY is continuing to raise funds to complete the project.

The group’s headquarters would be used as a conference, resource and learning center. There will be an area devoted to women’s history, workshops, classes and other programs.

Tickets for the luncheon, which will include a silent auction and raffels, are $125. To attend, call (718) 793-0672 or go to the website cwny.org.

— Joseph Orovic

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