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500 In Attendance for 7th Annual
NASW-NYC Awards Dinner

Kathleen Algire-Fedarcyk, NASW-NYC Policy Intern

 

This year’s 7th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner was a night to remember! Over 500 people celebrated leaders in three categories: Emerging, Mid-Career, and Top Leaders, making this our largest Awards Dinner to date. In addition to honoring these leaders, social worker and former Congressman Ed Towns delivered powerful remarks on the necessity of social workers in government. One could not help but marvel at the audible pride for the social work profession, as round after round of applause paid tribute to the social work community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Director Dr. Robert Schachter and Chapter President Dr. Martha Adams Sullivan present the Awards for Highest Leadership and Achievement to (clockwise from top left) C. Virginia Fields, Ruth Messinger, MSW, Dean Jacqueline Mondros, and Jose Nazario.

 


 

Our honorees this year came from various backgrounds and diverse fields of practice. Our Top Leaders, C. Virginia Fields, Ruth Messinger, Jackie Mondros, and Jose Nazario, have led exemplary careers. Hearing their accomplishments and the contributions to the field of social work was moving and inspiring. Our 10 mid-career and 12 emerging leaders have already made significant contributions early in their careers. The collective talent, intelligence, and passion in social work in New York City was highlighted by our outstanding honorees.

Carrying on in the tradition of Awards Dinners past, the schools of social work were well represented on the stage and on the floor, each offering support for their alumni as they received their awards. Agencies also showed up in force for their co-workers, cheering enthusiastically from their seats. The atmosphere was full of respect and admiration but it was also one of joyous celebration. The ceremony was masterfully presided over by our veteran MC, Gary Parker.

This dinner brings social workers together to honor their own and it also helps to advance Chapter priorities. With the financial support from the dinner, the Chapter can move forward with its important work of supporting and advocating for social workers, as evidenced this month by the Campaign for Equitable Social Work Salaries.

The Chapter is grateful to Mary Ruth Govindavari, the 2013 Awards Dinner Coordinator, for her remarkable work in organizing the event and ensuring things went smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Mid-Career Leaders Katherine E. Hammer, Evelym Montanez, Gisselle Pardo, Irene Chung, Paul Warren, Victoria Dexter, Yuen Shan Manna Chan-Espin, Betsey Smith, and Barbara L. Cavallo

Executive Director Dr. Robert Schachter and Chapter President Dr. Martha Adams Sullivan present the Awards for Highest Leadership and Achievement to (clockwise from top left) C. Virginia Fields, Ruth Messinger, MSW, Dean Jacqueline Mondros, and Jose Nazario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 500 people gathered at Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown to celebrate New York City social workers at the Chapter’s 7th Annual Awards Dinner. Above, members of the Board of Directors, Chapter Committees, and the Undoing Racism Internship Project pose with honoree Kalima DeSuze, LMSW.

  

 

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