An exuberant crowd that included NYS Attorney General Tish James, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, State Senators Brian Benjamin and Robert Jackson, Assemblymembers Al Taylor and Robert Rodriguez, Exonerated Central Park 5 member Korey Wise, Hazel Dukes, and many more on Saturday came to celebrate Harlem businessman Jerry Migdol’s 70th birthday and present proclamations marking the occasion.
Jerry Migdol is a successful Harlem businessman who together with his wife Shery created Friends of Public School Harlem (FPSH) to focus intensely on improving the public schools in Harlem. FPSH is a non-profit that provides much-needed resources to Harlem’s public schools and its students so that Harlem’s students can learn, compete and achieve. It seeks to level the playing field so Harlem’s students and schools can reach their full potential and feel the success they are capable of and want so much to achieve by donating resources to the students and the public schools of Harlem. To date, FPSH has donated over $600,000 in conjunction with the Migdol Family Foundation and given over 15,000 school supply kits for kids, 500 computers and iPads and college scholarship funds to top-performing students at local Harlem public schools in the summer.
“Jerry Migdol has given so much back to this community, particularly the children of Harlem,” said State Senator Brian Benjamin. “We thank him for the difference he’s made in giving our children the chance to succeed.”
Assemblyman Taylor said, “Many families wouldn’t have been able to afford the items that were given to them. Through the generous donation of Jerry Migdol and the Friends of Public School Harlem, I know that children’s lives were transformed because they were given essential tools that would allow them to succeed in school. Thank you for all of your wholehearted dedication.”
Photo credit (from l-r): 1) Aaron Migdol, Senator Robert Jackson, Senator Brian Benjamin, Jerry Migdol, Sherry Migdol, Korey Wise, Keith Lilly, and Assemblyman Al Taylor. 2) Hazel Dukes, Jerry Migdol, Mark Levine and Keith Lilly. 3) Sherry Migdol, Mark Levine, Al Taylor, Tish James, Jerry Migdol, and Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas. 4) Mark Levine, Keith Lilly, Tish James, Korey Wise, Jerry Migdol, Sherry Migdol, Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, and Al Taylor. 5) Adriano Espaillat presents and Jerry Migdol.