Rita Berkson, chairwoman of LEAP’s Board of Directors, began the evening welcoming those in attendance, which included the award recipients, their friends and family, and LEAP staff members, the statement said. Erik Clemons, executive director, then introduced the individuals who presented awards to the recipients, the statement said.
Ann Baker Pepe, LEAP Board member, presented the first award to Louise Endel, and talked about Endel’s "unique ability to be the glue of the community, pulling people together to make a difference in the community," the statement said.
Roslyn Milstein Meyer, LEAP co-founder, presented the award to Gordon and Shelley Geballe. The Geballe’s "have been strong advocates and supporters of LEAP since its founding," and Meyer discussed the importance of their friendship to LEAP, the statement said.
Tai Richardson, former LEAP employee, presented the last award to Che Dawson, past executive director and current LEAP advocate. Richardson "discussed the true mentoring relationship he received from Mr. Dawson," the statement said.
The evening also featured dancers form LEAP’s Community Center jazz class, who danced to R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest.” The evening was catered by Culinary Concerts. Past recipients of the LEAPers of Distinction award include: Anne Tyler Calabresi, Honorable William R. Dyson, Henry J. Fernandez III, Jean Handley, Matt Klein, Jerome Harris Meyer, Roslyn Milstein Meyer, and Julia Rusenik. Award recipients are featured on a plaque in the Roslyn Milstein Meyer LEAP Community Center on 31 Jefferson St, New Haven, the statement said.
LEAP is an academic and social enrichment program for children and youth, ages 5 to 23. Our mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who create and implement year-round, community-based programs designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children living in high poverty urban neighborhoods. LEAP is an AmeriCorps Program. LEAP operates community-based programming in the Church Street South and Farnum Courts neighborhoods, school based programming at Wexler Grant School, and runs community classes at its Roslyn Milstein Meyer LEAP Community Center at 31 Jefferson St.
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