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Sisters with Purpose honors Judge Ash, two others at Cotillion Ball

May 24, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Sisters with Purpose honored three, including Brooklyn’s Judge Sylvia Ash during its annual Pathways for Young Leaders Royal Achiever’s Cotillion Ball. Pictured from left: Tanya Levy-Odom, Hon. Sylvia G. Ash, Major Ernest L. Owens, Susie Williams and Hon. Robin K. Sheares. Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo
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The Sisters with Purpose hosted its annual Royal Achiever’s Cotillion as part of its Pathways for Young Leaders program where it honored three including Kings County Supreme Court Justice Sylvia G. Ash at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach on Thursday, May 18.

Sisters with Purpose is a nonprofit that seeks to empower women and their families by providing them with resources and leadership necessary for them to develop into leaders themselves. Part of the money raised at fundraisers like this one goes toward various programs including food pantries, back-to-school fairs and toy drives.

Ash, who is the presiding justice of the Commercial Litigation Division of the Kings County Supreme Court, was honored alongside Tanya Levy-Odom, executive director of investor relations at Time Inc.; and Major Ernest L. Owens, the president of the Tribune Society of the New York State Courts.

“It really turned out to be a terrific event,” said Susie Williams, CEO of Sisters with Purpose. “The students had a terrific time, put on a couple of wonderful performances and we had three great honorees who are all truly passionate about giving back to the youth in our communities.”

Twenty-nine students, who took part in the Pathways for Young Leaders program, performed two dance ensembles, one an African dance and another a waltz. Hon. Robin K. Sheares served as the event’s mistress of ceremonies, and Hon. ShawnDya Simpson delivered the keynote address.

“[Judge Simpson’s] speech was amazing,” Williams said. “Everyone was in awe of her story of growing up in the ghetto, having people laugh at her dreams of becoming a judge and the fact that she just stuck with it and became a judge despite her surroundings was incredible.”

Each of the honorees were recognized at the Pathways for Young Leaders event because of their work with the youth in their local communities.

“Our honorees are all doing community service with youths,” Williams said. “We honor those who give back to the community and all of these honorees have been involved with the young and have shown how much they care through their passion.

“Judge Ash is a great figure in the community and is someone that the kids can relate to, who they can admire,” Williams said. “They deal with a lot of obstacles in their lives and it means a lot to see a person who came from the same place and made it.”


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