The Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn held its 8th Annual Friendship Dinner & Award Ceremony on April 26, honoring Brooklyn elected officials, community leaders and members of NYPD. This years theme “combating hate crime” highlighted the importance of Unity and Community Service locally and abroad . Hundreds of community members gathered at Baku Palace to honor community leaders whilst enjoying good food and company. Awardees were recognized for their contributions to Community Service, Peace, Leadership, and Interfaith Dialogue.
Local Assembly member Steven Cymbrowitz, also present, touched upon the recent political developments in the U.S. and Turkey, emphasizing the importance of shared values. He also mentioned the endless efforts of the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn in indiscriminately helping members of their community.
Keynote Speaker, Reverend Joseph Johns, addressed the current struggles and challenges of New Yorkers. You can seen further highlights of the 8th Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony mentioned here in BKLYNER and Kings County Politics.
This years honorees were as follows:
Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, presented with Peace Award for his dedication to protecting the rights of immigrants.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson of 43rd Assembly District, presented with Community Service Award
Nancy Tong, Democratic district leaders in the 47th Assembly District, presented with Career Excellence Award
East Midwood Jewish Center and Our Lady of Refuge Church, each presented with Interfaith Dialogue Award
Cindy Greenberg, founder of Repair the World NYC, presented with Leadership Award
We thank all members of the community for attending this great event and standing in solidarity with the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn in hopes of a better future for all, locally and abroad.