Former first lady of New York State Matilda Cuomo will be honored as a woman of distinction at the 25th anniversary luncheon of the Center for the Women of New York on Saturday, April 28 at the Douglaston Manor Golf Course, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd.
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.
Married to lawyer Mario Cuomo, who served as governor from 1983 to 1994, Matilda Cuomo and her husband raised their five children in Holliswood. She is a graduate of St. John’s University and worked as a teacher on Long Island.
As first lady, she established a state mentoring program in 1987 that was expanded across the country in 1995 to become Mentoring USA.
CWNY’s community service award will go to Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Ridgewood. Women in leadership awards will be given to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley of Middle Village, Catherine Glover, a state Democratic committeewoman, Sasha Greene, director of the UFT Retiree Social Services, Assemblywoman Grace Meng of Flushing, Evelyn Roth, Nassau County commissioner for the aging, and Sue Sutera, a physical education coach at Jamaica High School.
The group’s Good Guy Awards will go to Assemblyman Edward Braunstein of Bayside, Alan Kaufman, treasurer, CEO of Melrose Credit Union, and Fred Papert, president of the 42nd Street Development Corp.
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 women’s group has secured $1.7 million in public funds that will go toward gutting the inside of the building, removing the asbestos, putting in new windows and a roof, replacing the rotting wooden porch and adding electricity, running water and heat.
The initial work would allow the CWNY to move into the first floor. Additional funding is needed to finish the second floor, at an estimated cost of an additional $1.3 million.
The group’s planned 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 on health.
Tickets for the luncheon are $125. For tickets, call (718) 793-0672 or go to the website at cwny.org.