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Friday, November 18, 2022

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Lume Studios

393 Broadway
(Between Walker Street & White Street)

Benefiting the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center’s mission to enable individuals and families, regardless of age, to effectively and productively meet the many challenges within today’s scope of “problems of living” by providing comprehensive community services in a caring environment.

2022 Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

Geto & de Mily, Inc. Humanitarian Awards sponsor logo
Mutual of America Humanitarian Awards sponsor logo
Ponce Bank Humanitarian Awards sponsor logo
Emma Bowen Foundation logo
Desire and Company logo

2022 Humanitarian Medal Honoree

The Emma L. Bowen Humanitarian Medal is presented to individuals who provide exceptional leadership and unfailing dedication to communities and individuals in need.

Their efforts on the behalf of others epitomize the legacy of our founder Mrs. Emma L. Bowen.

2022 Humanitarian Awards honoree Charlamagne Tha God

Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” McKelvey

Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” McKelvey is a multimedia mogul, Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and bestselling author. He co-hosts the hottest radio show in the U.S., The Breakfast Club, heard by over 4.5 million listeners daily, as well as hosts a late-night show on Comedy Central co-created with Stephen Colbert.

Additionally, Charlamagne is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It and the national bestseller Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.

Previous Honorees

headshot -- Reverend Al Sharpton

Rev. Al Sharpton

Humanitarian Award Winner Mark L. Goldsmith

Mark L. Goldsmith

Humanitarian Award Winner Janice Huff

Janice Huff

2022 Community Leadership Honorees

The Emma L. Bowen Community Leadership Award is presented to individuals and organizations whose dedication to their community has been invaluable. Recipients lead by example and work towards the betterment of their communities.

2022 Humanitarian Awards honoree Wanda Matos

Wanda Matos

Wanda holds a degree in Marketing from UASD University, Dominican Republic and has served the Bronx and Upper Manhattan for nearly 20 years, first at Banco Popular and now at Ponce Bank. Her business development skills, drive for financial literacy, volunteerism, and experience working with top-tier Not-for-Profit organizations, resonates profoundly with Ponce Bank’s mission to become an engine for Socio-Economic Empowerment within the communities it serves.

Wanda became a working partner with the Bowen Center more than 17-years, first when she was a Branch Manager with at Banco Popular. Her relationship with Bowen continued when she moved to Ponce Bank in 2017. She is extremely proud of the relationship between Ponce and the Bowen Center.

Luis Laboy, LMSW

Luis Laboy, LMSW, served as Program Director for the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center’s Addiction Services Outpatient Program from August 2018 until September 2022. As a strong advocate for those in need of drug addiction prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction, Mr. Laboy’s energy and infectious attitude enabled thousands of Bowen Center clients to remain focused on their recovery. During his time at the Bowen Center, he presided over numerous graduation celebrations that marked the successful completion of treatment.

Mr. Laboy has a Master’s in Public administration, and is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Recovery Peer Advocate. He was recently named Senior Administrator of OASAS Residential Programs for ACACIA Network.

2022 Humanitarian Awards honoree Luis Laboy

Previous Honorees

Past Community Leadership Honoree Bob Lee

Bob Lee

Past Community Leadership Honoree Uché Blackstock

Uché Blackstock

Past Community Leadership Honoree Wendy Hilliard

Wendy Hilliard

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2022 Master of Ceremonies

Doni Holloway

Doni Holloway

Doni Holloway is an award-winning multimedia journalist with an affinity for telling meaningful and impactful stories. His interest in journalism began when he was six. At that age, he fell in love with and realized the power of words. He’s a speaker, producer and podcast host.

Holloway has served as an ambassador for the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey & ESSENCE Magazine, returning to the program as an alumnus and guest speaker, entertainment host and mentor. He’s an alumni board member of the Asian American Journalists Association JCamp, assisting with program operations.

The Laurinburg, NC native has won numerous national, state and local awards for his journalistic and leadership endeavors. He has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Electronic Urban Report, Talking Biz News, the National Association of Black Journalists Journal and numerous other publications.

Holloway has won more than 25 awards and has reported around the country, in China, and has spoken at a myriad of venues, including the National Press Club. He’s also a frequent moderator of events. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in broadcast journalism, where he was named as the National Association of Black Journalists Student Journalist of the Year. Holloway is now producer of the “Why Is This Happening?” podcast with Chris Hayes at NBC/MSNBC. He previously worked at Bloomberg News in New York City, where he created content for television, radio, podcasts and grew the Bloomberg Businessweek podcast to be the company’s highest grossing one. Before working at Bloomberg, he was an Emma Bowen fellow in the NBC Washington network newsroom from 2015-2017.

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Choose your level of support for the Bowen Center!

Sponsorship Opportunities

$40,000 Platinum

  • Listed as “Presented by” on all marketing materials
  • Premier footprint at the event
  • (10) Tickets
  • (10) Virtual Tickets
  • Logo on event step and repeat
  • Two digital ads
  • Verbal acknowledgment and speaking opportunity during program
  • Recognition as Platinum Sponsor in announcement release

$25,000 Gold

  • Opportunity for exclusive branding and signage at check-in area
  • (8) Tickets
  • (8) Virtual Tickets
  • Logo on event step and repeat
  • Digital ad
  • Verbal acknowledgment during program

$10,000 Silver

  • Opportunity for exclusive branding and signage at bar area
  • (6) Tickets
  • (6) Virtual Tickets
  • Digital ad

$5,000 Bronze

  • (3) Tickets
  • (5) Virtual Tickets
  • Digital ad
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Digital Ads

$3,000 Patron

  • Yearlong logo placement on event webpage
  • Digital ad during event
  • (3) Tickets
  • (2) Virtual Tickets

$2,000 Friend

  • Yearlong digital logo placement on event webpage
  • Digital ad during event
  • (2) Tickets
  • (1) Virtual Ticket

$1,000 Booster

  • Yearlong digital logo placement on event webpage
  • Digital ad during event
  • (2) Virtual Tickets

The Emma L. Bowen Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization. All proceeds from the Humanitarian Awards gala go directly towards our effort to continue to provide and expand upon the valued life-sustaining services our clients have come to expect.

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Emma L. Bowen CSC Board Members

Patricia Jordan (Chair)
Simon Nzuzi, MD (Vice Chair)
Carlos Austin (Secretary)
Ray von Dohren (Treasurer)
Paul Basciani (Member)
Earl Boyd (Member)
Ralph Jackson, MD (Member)
Orisha K. Jordan (Member)
Victor Rodriguez (Member)
Johnny L. Wilford (Member)

Emma L. Bowen CSC Administration

Thomas Haggerty, Executive Director
Lawrence Fowler, Deputy Executive Director
Joseph Charles, MD Medical Director
James Little, Director of Operations

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