Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) April 26, 2011
The Greyston Foundation, a Yonkers, New York-based community development and social services organization, proudly announces its annual benefit will take place on Thursday, June 9 at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers, NY. The dinner will recognize B-Lab Co-Founder, Andrew Kassoy (of New York City) and Greyston Board Member and Bakery volunteer, Ruth Suzman (of Scarsdale) as this year’s Benefit Honorees for their contributions and dedication.
Well-known for Greyston Bakery, Greyston Foundation utilizes community development efforts as a means of achieving personal and community transformation. In addition to jobs at the Bakery, Greyston provides affordable housing for disadvantaged individuals, gives medical and holistic care to adults living with HIV, offers high-quality child care, teaches adolescents valuable life skills, engages public school children in hands-on environment education and supplies employment and training to the formely homeless and previously incarcerated.
Andrew Kassoy co-founded B-Lab, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to harnessing the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Kassoy works closely with Greyston Bakery, which was the inspiration for B-Lab’s work. B-Lab drives change through public policies to create legal infrastructure for sustainable businesses to thrive, and by developing the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) in order to help drive institutional investment capital to the emerging asset class of impact investments. Kassoy serves as a Board Member of the Freelancers Union, the Freelancers Insurance Company and Echoing Green and Advisory Board member of Wall St. Without Walls. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative and an Expert Advisor to the NYU Reynolds Fellows Program. He graduated from Stanford University where he was a Truman Scholar and President’s Award winner.
Honoree Ruth Suzman has been an active Greyston volunteer, generous donor and valued Board Member for over a decade. A passionate philantropist, Suzman has supported the Foundation with her leadership, time and resources. She also founded a women’s group that provides emotional and practical support necessary to help women become self-sufficient, and has served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors and as a member of Greyston Bakery’s Board of Directors. She remains an advocate for the Foundation, bringing in new supporters and board members from the Westchester community. As a director of UJA-Federation of New York, Suzman is currently co-chair of the Westchester campaign. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Greenleaf Gardens, the M.B. & Edna Zale foundation and the Jewish Deaf Resource Council. Additionally, she is on the advisory councils for the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts, City Harvest, DOROT and the JCC on the Hudson. She earned her B.A. from the University of Texas and an MBA focusing on non-profit management from Yale University.
“Andrew and Ruth have displayed an undivided dedication to the Foundation and we are delighted to honor them at this year’s dinner. Their continuing leadership and active role in the organization lends to the values Greyston has held for more than twenty five years,” said Edward Falkenberg, Chair of Greyston's Board of Directors.
Tickets for the annual gala begin at $350 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jonathan Greengrass at 914-376-3900 ext. 295. Event and information is also available at http://www.greyston.org or by email at jonathang(at)greyston(dot)org.
About the Greyston Foundation
Established in 1984, Greyston Foundation is an entrepreneurial and spiritually grounded not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2,200 largely minority, inner-city residents from southwest Yonkers and employs more than 140 staff, 60% of whom are entry level. The organization creates opportunities for families and individuals to break the cycle of poverty and forge a path to self-sufficiency and community transformation. Greyston provides jobs, workforce development, low-income housing, youth services and health care. Initiatives include a Child Care Center, Community Gardens Program, Family & Youth Services, Maitri Adult Day Healthcare Program, Yonkers Green Connection, and Greyston Bakery.