MEOC Celebrates 50 Years Of Free Services For Underserved From Harlem To Hollis

March 27, 2017

The Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will celebrate 50 years providing critical academic and vocational services to underserved residents of Harlem and throughout New York City with an elegant evening of community building and entertainment.

The fundraising gala, “Celebrating 50 Years,” will be held Wednesday, May 3 at Harlem’s legendary Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, New York City. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m.

The program will include remarks by MEOC Executive Director Anthony Watson and prominent friends of MEOC. The Gala Honoree is Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC, and H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees.

“This Gala marks 50 years of MEOC providing the residents of Harlem and throughout New York City with exciting opportunities to fuel their socio-economic mobility through education and training,” says MEOC Director Watson. “As part of a SUNY-funded system of educational enterprises, MEOC serves at no cost, eligible adults determined to raise their educational level and employment skills. We are dedicated to building bridges to employment and better lives for our students, as they pursue higher education and compete in today’s fast-changing economy and workforce.”

More than 50,000 individuals have reached their goals through the free educational and workforce development programs at MEOC. Students choose from an array of programs to gain their high school equivalency, enter college, learn English and earn certifications or licenses to work as a nursing assistant, an electronic health record professional and in many other high-demand areas.

The “Celebrating 50 Years Gala” will feature a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MEOC Student Emergency and Scholarship Fund.

Click HERE to order tickets for the MEOC “Celebrating 50 Years” Gala on May 3.

For more information, please contact Carmel Paleski, MEOC Director of Operations, at (212) 961-8949 or

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