NEW YORK-JUNE 8: The Guardian Angels 32nd Anniversary Gala
on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at The Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, New York City, NY.
Gala Sponsor: The Frey Family Foundation
Special Presentation: The Honorable Michael Bloomberg
, Mayor, City of New York
Guest of Honor: The Honorable Raymond Kelly
, New York City Police Commissioner
Master of Ceremonies: Mark Simone
Special Performance by Acclaimed Romanian Soprano, Leontina Vaduva
and The New York City Swing Orchestra
Eagel Sports Promotions
The Humanitarian Award: Dr. Rock Positano
, Director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service for the Hospital for Special Surgery and Joe DiMaggio Sports Foot & Ankle Center The Guardian Angels “Inspirational Angel” Award:
Cornelia Zicu, Chief Creative Officer, Red Door Spa
, Elizabeth Arden Outstanding Guardian Angel Red Beret Award:
Rafael A. Alvarez, President & CEO, Atax Franchise, Inc.
ABOUT: The Guardian Angels
is an organization that believes in and works synergistically with local authorities in providing peaceful solutions to safeguard neighborhoods, schools and cyberspace from bullying, gangs, and violence. Empowering individuals, especially at-risk youth, to prioritize academic achievement and become role models for their peers is a critical component of the organization’s mission. The Guardian Angels
programs do make a difference. Their unarmed safety patrols, readily recognizable with red berets and jackets, deter crime on streets and subways. Guardian Angels youth programs teach personal safety, online safety, civic contribution, and inclusion. Messages focus on alternatives to gangs, making good decisions, conflict resolution, and sticking up for one another. FOUNDING:
The organization was founded by Curtis Sliwa
in 1979 and originally called the"Magnificent 13"
, a group dedicated to combating violence and crime on the New York City subways. At the time, the city was experiencing a crime wave. The Magnificent 13 grew and was renamed the Guardian Angels
. The group's actions drew strong reactions, both positive and negative, from the police, public officials, residents and the media. The group’s distinctive uniform, a military type red beret and white insignia t-shirt, is now however uniformly recognized as a symbol of safety and security bringing comfort to residents and local business, community and political leaders around the world. Today the organization, led by Curtis Sliwa
(Founder & Director) and his wife Mary Sliwa
(Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director), is nine countries and 82 cities around the world, with approximately 5,000 members.
Board of Trustees:
Chairman, Robert J. Frey
; John H. Anlian, Esq.
, Henry Buhl
(Founder of ACE
& the Buhl Foundation
), John A. Catsimatidis
, Margo Catsimatidis, Paul Clolery
, John DiDomenico
, Mario M. Kranjac, Esq.
, Founding Partner of the Wall Street law firm Kranjac Manuali & Viskovic LLP
, Ed Moldaver
of MOLDAVER-CHREBET GROUP
at Morgan Stanley a Barron’s Top Ranked Adviser
, Mr. Curtis Sliwa
, President and CEO, Mrs. Donna Soloway, Leon Temiz
, Laura Tufano
Leadership: Curtis Sliwa
, Founder and CEO, Mary Sliwa
, COO & Executive Director (2000-2012), David M. Nidus, Esq.
, Executive Director (2012 -Present), Miguel Fuentes
, National Director
, Dennis Torres
, Washington Heights Community Center Director, Keiji "Duke" Oda
, Director of the Guardian Angels Japan, Inc.
& International Coordinator of the Alliance of Guardian Angels, inc.
GA Gala Coverage 2007 to Present: GA 2012 Gala
| GA 2011 Gala
| GA 2010 Gala
| GA 2009 Gala
| GA 2008 Gala
| GA 2007 Gala
GA Cocktail & Non Gala Events:
Fall 2010: The Guardian Angels Season of Appreciation Cocktail Party Hosted by the Sliwa’s at the APPELLA Event Space at the Alexandra Center
| 2009: The Guardian Angels Fall Cocktail Reception
| 2008: The Guardian Angels Fall Cocktail Reception
| 2007: The Guardian Angels Host "A Season of Appreciation" Cocktail Party at the Mandarin Oriental
| 2007: Cyber Safety Awareness Day: Time Warner Cable & Guardian Angels Launch Cyber Safety Campaign
| 2007: The Sliwa’s Host Cocktail Party to Celebrate Success of 2007 Guardian Angels Annual Gala Dinner and Honor Board Members, Gala Honorees and Friends
| GA 2007 Season of Appreciation photo links
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