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2024 Spring Benefit

Thu, May 9, 2024 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

You’re Invited

Join us as we blend the rich tapestry of our heritage with the innovative spirit that propels us forward. The evening will include culinary delights, specialty beverages, lively entertainment and a ceremony for our esteemed honorees. 

Our Honorees

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey

Dr. Joan Maynard Award

Community Partner Award


5:00 pm – “Imagining Our Future” Art Exhibit

6:00 pm – Cocktails & Entertainment featuring Kaisokah Moko Jumbies and DJ Donwill

7:00 pm – Awards Ceremony 

Mistress of Ceremony
Kay Angrum, WNBC Host

Featuring the talents of
DJ Donwill
Kaisokah Moko Jumbies

Our Sponsors

Heritage Circle:

Brooklyn Org Board of Directors

Joan Maynard Circle:

Bloomberg Philanthropies

National Grid

Sharon Lyu Volckhausen

James Weeks Circle:

Cal Mathis

Forethought Advisors

Jessica B. Lee

Lauren Glant and Michael Gillespie

Sealy Cuyler Funeral Home LLC

In Kind Sponsors:


Ainka Shackleford Turner

Amanda Nichols

Con Edison

Deborah Juantorena

Twaun Samuel



Ashley Mathis

Carlos and Adora Whitaker

Elizabeth Koch

Gabriel Schwartz

Jacqueline Woodson

Jamie Bennett and Udai Soni

Jean Kang

Kevin and Shavonne Correia

Maria L. Turner

Mark Foggin

Michelle and Martin Bell

Nicholas Turner

Richard Moyland

Robin Ottaway

Robert Buckholz

Shanna Sabio

Sharon Myrie

Wesley Jackson

Benefit Host Committee

Ainka Shackleford Turner, Chair

Lauren Glant

Ashley Mathis

Timothy Simons

Board of Trustees

Jessica B. Lee, Chair

Laurent Glant, Vice Chair

Deborah Juantorena, Treasurer

Renee McClure, Secretary

Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Jannah Handy

Kiyanna Handy

Sidney B. Joyner

Sylvia Gail Kinard

Brian McNeil

Sharon A. Myrie

Twaun Samuel 

Ainka Shackleford Turner

Sharon Lyu Volckhausen