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What a Great Night for Afterschool

An audience of 425 people celebrated the 2016 PASEsetter Awards Benefit with PASE, including afterschool providers, funders, corporate partners, higher education professionals, government officials, and other friends of PASE. Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, brought greetings from City Hall and congratulated the afterschool field.

The PASEsetter Awards, held at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 25th, honored five exemplary afterschool educators along with one Afterschool Champion, Tracy High, and raised over $500,000.

PASEsetter Awards are given to afterschool educators who demonstrate outstanding commitment, energy, and creativity in their work, and who achieve excellence in and exhibit true devotion to improving the lives of the young people in out-of-school time. Winners receive a crystal award, a $5,000 donation to their organization, and 100 Jets tickets for their youth and staff.

This year’s PASEsetter winners are:

  • Amanda Etienne, Associate Director of Youth Development Community Programs, Child Center of New York
  • Hélène Onserud, Deputy Director of CFL School Based Programs, Center for Family Life
  • Waleska Salcedo, Program Manager of Power Academy at PS 33, NYC Mission Society
  •  Mitchel Wu, Program Manager, Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
  • Michael Zevon, Program Director, Evening Teen Services, Queens Community House

Alison Overseth, Executive Director of PASE, said, “In New York City we have extraordinary individuals who work tirelessly to provide every child with the care and opportunities they deserve.  This evening we have the privilege of thanking them.”

In addition to celebrating the five PASEsetter Award winners, PASE honored Tracy High, Partner at Sullivan& Cromwell, a PASE Board member, and longtime supporter of the afterschool community in New York City, as an Afterschool Champion.

  • Date Posted

    March 2, 2016

  • Author

    Tania Ortiz-Ashby

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