2014 Celebration of Work
December 1, 2014 | Gotham Hall
On December 1st Fedcap held its 2014 Celebration of Work. It was one of our most successful Galas to date!
In attendance at the stunning Gotham Hall, were nearly 400 people including board members, sponsors, business and government partners, supporters, staff and friends. Over $500,000 was raised as well as an additional $30,000 in our text to pledge campaign to build our new commercial kitchen where a new array of food trades crafts including butchers, cheese makers, bakers, and fishmongers will be offered within our new curriculum. The new kitchen will enable us to help thousands more individuals obtain jobs in the culinary field with strong career ladders.
The Year in Review video that kicked off the 2014 Celebration of Work, highlighted an extraordinary year in which we touched over 55,000 lives, expanded our geographic footprint, developed a new five-year strategic plan and forged new alliances with business and government partners, while strengthening existing partnerships. Click here to view.
During his welcoming comments, Board Chair Mark O’Donoghue emphasized that the core value of Fedcap is work; it gives people dignity and pride, and enables them to break through barriers and participate fully in society.
Throughout the evening, our distinguished honorees echoed Mark’s comments, eloquently and powerfully describing the impact of our work. Honorees were welcomed to the stage by Fedcap consumers including Phil Richards, Dexter Blake and Shirley Barr who shared their inspiring and powerful stories about the impact that Fedcap had on their lives.
Honorees included Wayne McKenzie, General Counsel of the NYC Department of Probation, recipient of our Community Impact Award; Jason Ackerman, co-founder and CEO of FreshDirect recipient of our Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award; Ethan Bronner, Deputy National Editor of the New York Times, recipient of our Media Award and Robert Chamberlin, President and CEO of SourceAmerica, recipient of the Milton Cohen Distinguished Service Award. Further, in honor of Bob’s singular career of service to people with barriers, Fedcap established the Chamberlin Scholarship, which each year will recognize the outstanding achievement of an individual working under an AbilityOne contract who has attained a supervisory position.
“Fedcap is all about starting anew, and that is why they are having such a great impact on improving the lives of people with barriers,” said Mr. Chamberlin.
Also during the evening TJX and Rhode Island Turnpike Authority were acknowledged as our 2014 Workstar™ awardees—for their leadership in the employment of people with barriers.
Christine McMahon topped off the evening with her poignant comments honoring the past CEOs and Board members of the Fedcap Family of programs, on whose shoulders we all stand today including Milton Cohen from Fedcap; Annie Fields from our Boston based Community Work Services; Walter Thayer from The Way to Work; Amalia Betanzos from Wildcat and Jack Rosenthal, Herb Sturz and Michael Weinstein from ReServe.
The Fedcap of tomorrow – built on the passion and commitment of past and present board members, community leaders and staff– is about the power of possible, about changing the way the people we serve view their lives so they can envision a future that is different from the present.