‘Good Day New York’ co-host Stokes wins HeartShare award
HeartShare Human Services, a Brooklyn-based, nonprofit social services agency that provides assistance to the developmentally disabled, foster children and the elderly, celebrated a year of accomplishments at its annual gala dinner on April 11.
The gala, which drew a large crowd of celebrities and HeartShare supporters at the New York Marriott Marquis, was focused on the theme “Celebrating Abilities, Building Futures.”
A highlight of the gala dinner came when HeartShare representatives presented awards to “Good Day New York” Co-Host Lori Stokes, Ila Eckhoff, managing director of BlackRock; Arleen Baez, managing director and COO of Alpine Woods Capital; and John Lee Cronin and Mark Cronin, co-founders of the company John’s Crazy Socks.
John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son business that is committed to hiring people with disabilities, according to HeartShare officials.
HeartShare President and CEO William Guarinello, a Bensonhurst resident, strives to take the “dis” out of disability, according to a spokesperson, who said the organization’s goal is demonstrate that all people deserve to be treated with dignity.
Stokes received the Linda Dano Heart Award which was presented to her by her “Good Day New York” Co-Host Rosanna Scotto. Scotto, who grew up in Brooklyn, has been a HeartShare board member for more than 10 years.
Stokes was recognized for her civic service. Community service seems to run in her family. Her father Louis Stokes made history as the first black congressman elected in Ohio and her uncle, Carl B. Stokes, served as the mayor of Cleveland. He was the first black to be elected mayor of a major U.S. city.
The Cronins received the Monsignor Thomas G. Hagerty Humanitarian Award, an award presented to those with a record of philanthropy and who have demonstrated concern for the disabled.
At the gala, each of the honorees spoke about the importance of inclusion in the workplace.
In addition to Scotto, Stokes’ colleagues at Fox 5 NY, Meteorologist Mike Woods and Traffic Reporter Ines Rosales attended the gala to applaud her.
The guests also included Abigail Hawk, a star of the CBS series “Blue Bloods” and a 2016 HeartShare award winner, and her co-star, Robert Clohessy.
HeartShare Human Services was founded in 1914.
Headquartered at 12 MetroTech Center, HeartShare provides a variety of services including vocational training, residential housing, case management, recreational activities, family support and health care services.
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