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Brooklyn Physician/Community Activist Makes Major Gift Toward Scholarships at City Tech’s 2009 Best of New York Award Dinner

Garey V. Ellis, MD

Garey V. Ellis, MD, a native of Bedford-Stuyvesant/Brooklyn and founder/executive director of Inner Force Economic Leadership Development Corporation, presented New York City College of Technology President Russell K. Hotzler with a generous contribution and a pledge for more toward the Garey V. Ellis, M.D.- Mrs. Tomora-Lutreast Ellis Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College’s 2009 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 18.

The presentation came at the conclusion of Dr. Ellis’ acceptance of the Best of New York Community Assistance Award at City Tech’s annual scholarship fundraiser. The Ellis endowment represents the largest gift to the College by an individual in recent years. Scholarships from endowment proceeds will be awarded to incoming first-year students, with preference given to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have participated in the Inner Force program.

Peter M. Meyer

Inner Force is a Brooklyn-based registered charitable organization established in 1999 to provide “at risk” inner-city youngsters ages 3 to 15 with pre-school, after-school, weekend and summer enrichment programs that bring an enhanced appreciation for learning as well as stability to young lives so often rocked by educational, social and other shortfalls. The programs offered include those in math, science, computer science, economics, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership training, writing, music, dance and other disciplines as well as Regents Math and Science Exams and other preparatory courses. City Tech is one of several Brooklyn educational and healthcare institutions that provide classroom space, internships and other services for the Inner Force program.

Hon. Katherine Oliver

The theme of the dinner was “Meeting the Challenge” and a total of five honorees were recognized for the efforts they are making to help meet the challenges of a changing world. Also saluted were TD Bank NYC Markets President Peter M. Meyer, Mayor’s Office of Theatre, Film & Broadcasting Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Theatrical Teamsters/Local 817 and City Tech graduate Leonard Maisel ’64, retired executive vice president of Amalgamated Bank, at an event attended by more than 300 business, industry, organized labor and community leaders, CUNY trustees and administrators, and other guests. 1199SEIU President George Gresham served as Honorary Dinner Chair and celebrity chef Michael Lomonaco ’84, a graduate of City Tech’s award-winning hospitality management program and managing partner of Porter House New York, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Meyer, who also serves as chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, was recognized for the leadership he is bringing to TD Bank efforts to support the neighborhoods in which it operates through economic empowerment, educational, youth development and other vital programs. Commissioner Oliver was honored for her unwavering commitment to workforce diversity and the infusion of technological education throughout the city’s growing entertainment industry. Local 817 was saluted for a major gift to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York that, with assistance provided by Commissioner Oliver’s office, made possible the Made in New York Endowed Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in City Tech’s unique baccalaureate program in entertainment technology.

Leonard Maisel '64

Distinguished alumnus Leonard Maisel ‘64 has been a member of the City Tech Foundation since 1999, chairs its Development Committee and serves on its Special Events Committee. Over the years, he has opened many doors for his alma mater to the business and organized labor communities and personally facilitated hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for the College. He also brought an Amalgamated Bank-sponsored financial education services workshop for community residents to City Tech’s Downtown Brooklyn campus. 

Established in 1982, the Best of New York Award Dinner is hosted by the New York City College of Technology Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation chartered in 1981 to raise funds for the College. Proceeds from the annual dinner help fund foundation-sponsored scholarships and other student financial assistance and professional development programs.

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