Evergreen’s Gala Raises Fundraising Roof!

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The Evergreen team in one of the fun features of their gala: The Photo Booth (l to r) Stephen Fabian (Program Associate), Natalie Vichenevsky (Entrepreneurship Services Manager), Karen Nieves (Manager, Business Expansion & Retention), Leah Archibald (Executive Director), Rosario Barada (Administration Assisitant)

“This year’s event totals shattered all previous event revenues, making it the most successful fundraiser the organization has ever held!” said Leah Archibald, Evergreen’s Executive Director.  The Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th Street) was host to Evergreen’s wildly successful Annual Awards Celebration on May 17.

This year’s honorees included:

Business of the Year – Jos. Lowenstein and Sons because of their long-term commitment to the neighborhood, their national leadership on workforce issues, and their recent plant expansion.

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Evergreen’s honoree for Business of the Year: Jos. Lowenstein and Sons (from l to r) Ugo Scalia, VP Production Control; Bob Burck, VP Purchasing; Chao Zheng, VP Cosmetics; Armando Chapelliquen, Director of Operations; Camille Gulotta, Steve Lowenstein, Chairman of the Board; David Lowenstein, President; and Piko Lowenstein, David’s Wife


Century Award –Milgo Bufkin to honor their 100th anniversary.  They have been a longtime supporter of Evergreen.

Community Leader of the Year –Frank Brunckhorst Company due to their unwavering commitment to making the community a better place for both businesses and residents.  Whether its donating product to local nonprofit events, hosting arts oriented block parties, or working with Evergreen staff to make local streets safer, their dedication to our local community is evident on a daily basis.

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Community Leader of the Year, The Frank Brunckhorst Team (l to r): Dave Haseman, Lily Viola, and Bob Mattia


Emerging Business of the Year –Bruce Cost Ginger Ale because of their local birth and recent explosive growth in our community. Plus their ginger ale is mind blowing.

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 Emerging Business of the Year, The Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Team: (l to r) Mariuxi Tapia, Ruby Cabuya, Imani Robinson, Randy Bresil, Garlim Zhou, and Jonna Gonzalez


Nonprofit Partner of the Year –Association of Neighborhood Housing Developers for their advocacy to coordinate citywide efforts to improve NYC’s industrial policy.  Their leadership and organizing on this issue has been instrumental in achieving improvements in city policy.

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(l to r) Leah Archibald (Executive Director of Evergreen) with awardee for Nonprofit Partner of the Year, the Association of Neighborhood Housing Developers Team: Armando Chapelliquen, Benjamin Dulchin, Emily Goldstein, and Tod Greenfield


The success of the event is directly attributable to this year’s sponsors, including: JP Morgan Chase

Broadway Stages, Jos. H. Lowenstein Sons, Inc., Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Frank Brunckhorst Co./Boar’s Head Brand, A/D/O, Astoria Bank, Bank of America, ConEdison, Milgo Bufkin, Mini Grassroots Box, Newtown Creek Group, New York Business Development Corporation, United Metro Energy Corp., and Waste Mangement

Levels of sponsorship were named inventively with a vino centric vein. Funds raised at this event support Evergreen’s advocacy on behalf of North Brooklyn’s industrial businesses and the working class jobs they provide for the community.

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Milgo/Bufkin (l to r) Carol Schrager, Richard Zuckerman, Stephanie Gitlin, Barbara Kanter Bruce Gitlin, Stewart Gitlin, Sarah Gitlin and William Soghor

Author: The Greenline

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