Jumaane Williams

Congratulations to Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member from Brooklyn, for receiving the NYAGV Founders’ Award at the NYAGV Annual Benefit & Silent Auction on November 15.

In accepting the award, Williams discussed the impact of illegal guns on New York’s communities. Williams serves the co-chair of the City Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, a group charged with developing solutions to reduce citywide shootings and promoting positive alternatives for young people. Task Force initiatives include crisis intervention, conflict mediation, therapeutic services, and community development.

The event, held at in at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City, benefitted the NYAGV Education Fund and its youth and community education programs to reduce gun violence.

Richard Kind, actor and comedian, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies, and Mamarazzi provided the wonderful music.

It was also announced that the Allard K. Lowenstein Award for Public Service would be presented to artist, performer and activist Yoko Ono.

Thanks to all our supporters that supported this event and NYAGV youth and education programs!