Moments from the Gala
Highlights of The Gala Celebration
Brightpoint Health, a leading nonprofit provider of integrated health care and social support services throughout New York City, celebrated 25 years of serving New Yorkers in need on Monday, October 19th, 2015.
The event, which took place at New York’s historic Plaza Hotel, was also the setting for the inaugural Brightpoint Awards. Over 450 guests shared in an evening filled with joy and inspiration in a magical setting. The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom was transformed into a ‘Brightpoint City” with the stage lit up as the New York cityscape, the ceiling covered with images of the ‘Brightpoint Sun’, and the audience representing diverse elements of positive change and progress in society. Each table’s centerpiece included copies of books authored by the 25 Brightpoint Award honorees and event co-chairs, New York Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, along with a miniature version of one honoree, the Statue of Liberty.
The festivities began with Brightpoint unveiling a new, 45’ long mobile health care unit that will soon be providing primary health care, preventative screenings and health education in communities most affected by health disparities throughout the city. The unit was open for guests to take a tour and get a feel for Brightpoint’s mobile health services. A similar mobile center will provide dental services. Read more
The Brightpoint Awards
The Brightpoint Awards were established to honor those who have made significant contributions to the City of New York and who have demonstrated commitment to the core values of Brightpoint Health including: Acting with Empathy and Respect, Being a Creative Problem Solver, and Embracing and Driving Change. Our honorees represent diverse achievements but they support one unifying idea: making our city, and our world, a better place.
The inaugural Brightpoint Health Awards, celebrating of our 25th Anniversary, will honor 25 inspiring individuals and institutions:
Margo Catsimatidis, Founder of MCV Advertising Associates and health care philanthropist.
Dr. Alice Chen, Executive Director of Doctors for America and a founder of Doctors for Obama, as well an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center.
Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, a presidential advisor, pastor, theologian, author, activist, and academic who recently served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
Dr. Francine Cournos, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and an longtime authority on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She has been a member of Brightpoint's Board of Directors since 2011.
Alan Cumming, an acclaimed theater, film and TV actor who is also known as dedicated activist for gay and human rights. He currently has an Emmy nomination for his role on "The Good Wife" and already has an Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe and numerous other awards to his credit.
C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) since 2008. She also served as the Borough President of Manhattan and was the first African American woman to run for Mayor of New York City.
Charles ‘Chip’ Fisher, entrepreneur and President of Fisher-Wallace Laboratories which manufactures the Fisher Wallace Stimulator, a non-drug treatment for depression, anxiety and insomnia. He is the son of radio pioneer and Lincoln Center patron Avery Fisher.
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, founder of Hour Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the children of incarcerated women; reuniting them after release and helping the women begin new lives.
Jeffery Gural, one of New York’s largest developers and managers of commercial real estate, is equally well known as one of the city’s most active civic leaders and philanthropists.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has represented New York City in the U.S. Congress since 1993. She is known for focusing on issues of importance both to her district and nationwide: financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues.
Brennon Marcano, the Executive Director of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). The organization works towards advancing diversity among leadership, including board membership, in both the both private and nonprofit sectors.
David Mixner, best-selling author, playwright and lifelong political activist. Best known today as a leader of the movement for LGBT rights and equality, he was also active in the struggles for Civil Rights and against the Vietnam War going back to the 1960s.
Mike Muse, co-founder of Muse records and a rising star at the intersection of music, business and politics, He was recently chosen by President Obama to lead a Small Business Administration campaign to promote entrepreneurship education among young men of color.
Lois and Richard Nicotra are the largest landowners and developers in Staten Island. They are also renowned for their foundation which primarily supports organizations serving Staten Island.
José Parlá, Cuban-American artist who now lives in Brooklyn. He began as a street artist in Miami and was recently commissioned by One World Trade Center for a monumental mural entitled “ONE: Union of the Senses.”
Alma Rangel, bedrock of support for her husband, Congressman Charles Rangel, for over fifty years. She is also the patron of Alma Rangel Gardens, a highly rated subsidized residence and assisted living facility for seniors in Harlem.
Congressman Charles Rangel is the dean of the New York Congressional Delegation, having served in the House of Representatives since 1971. He was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African American Representative to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Michael Skolnik, a businessman, civil rights activist and currently President of GlobalGrind.com, a news website founded by Russell Simmons, the hip hop pioneer. He previously gained notice as a producer and director of numerous films, primarily documentaries with social justice themes.
Cid Wilson, President and Chief Executive Office of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HCAR) which he joined following a successful career on Wall Street.
Richard Wolffe, Vice President and Executive Editor of MSNBC.Com, journalist, television commentator, and author.
Peter Yarrow, best known as the “Peter” of the renowned folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary who were at the center of the “folk revolution” of the early 1960s. He has also been a social activist and worker for civil and human rights for over 50 years. Currently he is working with Operation Respect, an organization he co-founded to eliminate school bullying on a global basis.
The Statue of Liberty has been New York City’s and America’s “official greeter” for over a century. There is no more iconic symbol of the city than the “The Lady with the Lamp”. Accepting the award on behalf of the statue will be Commissioner Joshua Laird, of the National Park Service, and Professor Edward Berenson, author of the definitive biography of the Statue.