Brooklyn Community Services wraps 150th anniversary in grand style
Venerable Nonprofit Bestows Awards on Sports, Entertainment, Corporate and Education Leaders
Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) celebrated the finale of its sesquicentennial anniversary year in the East River waterfront’s newest “eco-luxe” lodging, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Monday night’s gala, themed “For the Love of the Community,” bestowed honors to philanthropists Aaron and Deborah Dean, the Philips-Van Heusen Foundation, Vice Chairman Edward Gentner Jr. and the staff, students and administration of The Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service.
Emcee for the evening, actress and activist Debi Mazar, pulled no punches in her comments: “This evening is a community of love,” Mazar declared, before introducing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams as a “true blue Brooklyn motherf—-r.”
“I’ve been called a lot of things,” Adams said moments later to laughter and applause. “But that one really hit home.”