2016-06-22 / Front Page

Flushing Council On Culture, Arts Holds 37th Annual Gala

(L. to r.); Howard Graf, Ellen Kodadek, Councilman Peter Koo, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City (L. to r.); Howard Graf, Ellen Kodadek, Councilman Peter Koo, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts held its 37th Anniversary Gala on June 15th at the historic Flushing Town Hall. The annual event – which drew more than 200 people – supports educational workshops and other programming at Flushing Town Hall.
The Flushing Council honored Councilman Peter Koo, President of Celestial Love Foundation, Amy Mak Chan, and JHS 189 music teacher Rev. Daryl G. Ware. NY 1 anchor and reporter Rocco Vertuccio emceed the event.
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall, said, “In the midst of his acceptance sonnet this week at the Tony Awards – Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘In the Heights,’ said ‘senseless acts of tragedy remind us, that nothing here is promised, not one day…”
Kodadek continued, “But at Flushing Town Hall, we have a promise for you. We have a (L. to r.); Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Honoree Rev. Daryl Ware, Machaiah Barrett and Sherrell Jordan.
(L. to r.); Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Honoree Rev. Daryl Ware, Machaiah Barrett and Sherrell Jordan. promise that we make every day: to bring people together through the arts; a promise to respect cultures and traditions; a promise to embrace all people; a promise to build a better world for our children and grandchildren. And, as Lin-Manuel Miranda directed us all, ‘to fill the world with music, love and pride.’ We promise, with your help, with your friendship and your financial support, to accomplish that – every day. That is who are, and that is what you can count on us for.”
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz delivered remarks, lauding Flushing Town Hall for bringing world-class performances appealing to all ages to the landmark venue.
“I always loved this place; it’s just the greatest place,” said Katz. “We all come together every year for this gala, but so much happens within these walls through the year...I consider Flushing Town Hall the gift we give to the rest of the city.”
As he presented the award to Councilman Koo, Majority Leader Van Bramer said “He is a prince among the members of the City Council. He’s always there for all of us. Peter, thank you so much for representing your district as well as you do; thank you for representing Flushing Town Hall as well as you do.”
Koo, in his acceptance speech, said, “Flushing Town Hall is a gem in the heart of Flushing.”
The event featured performances by students at JHS 189, who this May presented a production of “Aladdin” at Flushing Town Hall, the New York Chinese Chorus, and the acrobatic and theatrical duo Acrobuffos, the recipient of a Flushing Town Hall grant providing free space to perfect their craft. Additionally, Chinese juggling master Yang Xiao Di provided entertainment during the cocktail reception and dinner break.
As he received his award, Rev. Ware, who lauded his theatre students at J.H.S. 189, said, Photos Dominick TotinoPhotos Dominick Totino“Certainly, I serve in a school that has some of the best students this side of Queens, and this side of the city...When I wake up in the morning to come to work, I come just ready to inspire my students, to get them to the highest level they possibly can. I do it out of love for young people. I do it out of love for the arts.”
Abiding by its mission to provide “global arts for a global community,” Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of New York City's 33-member Cultural Institutions Group, brings to Queens local, national, and international performances and exhibitions that are often seen in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or Europe or Asia.
For tickets and more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org, (718) 463-7700 x222, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354.

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