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A Festive Night of Support

Janice Reals Ellig and Hawa Diallo

Following a welcome from Heritage Society Chair Janice Reals Ellig, the night's keynote speaker, Hawa Diallo, spoke about her struggle to support herself and her family after coming to the United States from Mauritania in search of a better life.

Guests were welcomed by Heritage Society Chair Janice Reals Ellig. After Janice’s remarks, President and CEO Sharon Greenberger shared an update about the new Strategic Plan — Thriving New Yorkers, Stronger Communities — and the Y's strategic priorities for the coming years to expand services to reach more youth, to build new partnerships to promote health and to foster connections to strengthen community. Sharon also introduced new Heritage Society members.

The Heritage Society Class of 2017 includes: Veronica Baburam (Vanderbilt Y), Monica Bermiss (New York YMCA Camps), Deborah Clark-James (Harlem Y), Anne Fulford (Vanderbilt Y), Marjorie Jean-Jacques (North Brooklyn Y), Jonnie Marshall (Harlem Y), Angel Osorio (Vanderbilt Y), Brently Winstead (Long Island City Y), and Rosalind Yhip-Savory (Cross Island Y).  

New 1852 members include Elizabeth Bergin (Association Office), Robert Carr (Vanderbilt Y) and Joan C. Johnson-Jenkins (Bedford-Stuyvesant Y).

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Hawa Diallo, a refugee from Mauritania who is a participant in the Harlem YMCA's New Americans Welcome Center. Hawa told the story of her journey from Mauritania to the Bronx and her struggles to support herself and her family as she fled the civil war and came to the United States in search of a better life. Hawa's inspiring story highlighted the critical role of the YMCA in welcoming immigrants and providing essential support services to new New Yorkers. "I believe that if each of us can help in the way that we can, then we can all have a better life," says Hawa.

There are many ways you can support the programs and services the Y provides. To learn more about the different gift options available to you, contact Patti Davis at (212) 630-9625 or

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