Council Member Inez E. Dickens Honored at Coalition Star Brunch
On July 29th, 2009, the NYC Coalition For A Smoke Free City hosted a Star Brunch to celebrate the last five years of hard work and success. Dedicated community leaders were recognized at the event including Council Member Inez E. Dickens who was honored for spearheading a smoke free hospital campus bill in New York City. Also honored at the event were retailers who signed policies over the last year committing to reduce, remove, and/or rearrange tobacco advertisements in their stores. Click on the links to view a complete listing of these retailers: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx; Staten Island.
Guest speakers at the event included Sarah Perl, Assistant Commissioner of the NYC DOHMH Bureau of Tobacco Control, and Marie, the Bronx resident featured in recent NYC anti-smoking PSAs. Community Star Awards were also presented to recognize the exceptional dedication of Coalition volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty:
Sudsy Monchik, Staten Island Store Owner - Retailer Leadership Award
Vana Rambaran, New Dorp High School - Student Leadership Award
Samuel Schwartz, Ed.D., Asst. Professor, Bronx Community College - Smoke-Free Campus Leadership Award
Christie Ewen, Mother and Community Leader - Smoke-Free Housing Leadership Award
Jinny Park, Director, Public Health and Research Center, Korean Community Services - Dedicated Service Award
Peter Serrano, Director, South Bronx Concerned Citizens - Dedicated Service Award
Jorge Luna, Graduate Student, Columbia University - Dedicated Service Award
Sarah Perl, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Tobacco Control - NYC Tobacco Control Leader of the Future Award
Photos from the event:
Marie - Bronx resident featured in NYC anti-smoking PSAs
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