Celebration of Suburban Diversity 2011
November 17, 2011
Crest Hollow Country Club
Artwork: Horizons, 2008, Milt Masur, bas relief/collage, overpainted with oil, on panel. From the Collection of Embracing Our Differences, Long Island: A Project of the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc.
Long Island's multi-cultural diversity is the key to our social and economic survival. The ability of people from different races, religions and regions to live and work together is crucial to our prosperity. In the spirit of promoting tolerance and understanding, We are proud to have held the third annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet which took place Tuesday, November 17, 2011 at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.
Sponsored by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, the celebration brought together Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum, as well as the disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. Keynote speaker Kirk Kordeleski, President and CEO, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, highlighted an evening of awards, art work, entertainment and inspirational speakers which celebrated the strength and opportunities in our differences.
Diversity is everybody's business -- and "good" for everybody's business. Long Island's new suburbanites are the new students, patrons, customers and entrepreneurs who can revive and sustain our economy. Getting to know one another is essential to all our success. That is why last year's event drew over 500 people and the support of so many major corporations and organizations, including National Grid USA, Bank of America, Cablevision, Macys, the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Long Island Fund, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation, the Long Island Federation of Labor and the Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
We hope you will follow the example of our distinguished co-chairs and become a sponsor of this special evening. A portion of the funds raised will support diversity-related scholarships, research and conferences. Last year's Celebration helped the NCSS to underwrite tens of thousands of dollars worth of internships, tuition remission, and grants to community groups, faculty and students.
Please consider becoming a sponsor. Consult the attached PDFs for available sponsorship opportunities. Checks should be made payable to Hofstra University Diversity Celebration and mailed to NCSS, 250 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. For additional information, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or via email.