Harlem Group To Receive $750,000 Grant from UMEZ

May 5, 2015

CCCADI Gala Guests  Lloyd Williams Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce    CCCADI Pres and Founder DrThe Caribbean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is slated to receive grant funding of $750,000 over the next three years from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone for capacity building as the organization works towards their move to a new home in a renovated firehouse located at 120 East 125 Street in Harlem.  CCCADI Honoree Eugene Giscombe with  President and Founder of CCCADI  DrLorraine Cortes-Vazquez and Mario Baeza EsqLucky Rivera CCCADI Honoree Gala IOU_7870CCCADI shared this news during their recent First Annual Spring Gala where they also honored several committed community leaders including:

  • Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Vice President of  Multi-Cultural Markets and Engagement at AARP
  • Mario Baeza, Esq. Founder, Baeza & Co.; and Chairman, TCW/Latin America Partners, L.L.C.
  • Eugene Giscombe, President and chief executive of The Giscombe Realty Group in Harlem
  • Lucky Rivera, Community organizer and founder of  Positive Workforce in El Barrio.

CCCADI Deputy Director Melody Capote with Susan LThe affair also had many prominent New Yorkers in attendance including acclaimed writer and journalist Susan L. Taylor,  founder and CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement and well-known as editor of Essence for 27 years. 

CCCADI Gala     New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito   IOU_7934CCCADI President and Founder DrAdditional attendees included:

·       Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

·       New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

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·       Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo

·       Lloyd Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce

·       Voza Rivers, Harlem Arts Alliance

CCCADI Mambo Legends Orchestra Entertain at CCCADI Gala  IOU_8017Festive entertainment was provided during the CCCADI gala by the legendary Mambo Legends Orchestra and singer Cita Rodrigues.  They provided special tribute in celebration of Graciela, known as the First Lady of Latin Song.

Photographs by Hubert Williams 2015.

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