York College recently held its First Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert: “One Dream. Many Realities.” starring the off-Broadway sensation, Three Mo’ Tenors. The dazzling performers played to a packed house in the college’s resplendent 1,500-seat Performing Arts Center in a concert which raised funds for merit scholarships for academically high achieving students.
Attendees included presidents, chief executive officers, elected officials, senior CUNY administrators, alumni, Tuskegee Airmen, community supporters, faculty, staff, students and their families. It was a chilly winter evening but the air inside the center was electric! The audience thrilled to the amazing vocal acrobatics of the critically acclaimed trio whose repertoire included opera, rock, gospel and soul both old and new school.
Major sponsors included: Ciampa Organization, Astoria Energy, Barnes & Noble, City University of New York, American Express, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Commerce Bank, Albanese Organization, Inc., Spiritos Properties, ICOR Associates, Bombardier, Citibank, POKO Partners LLC — Urban Equities NY, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Elmhurst Dairy/Steuben Foods, The Mattone Group and North Fork Bank.
The event paid tribute to the York College/Community Commemorative Quilt Committee (YCCCQC) in recognition of its 10 years of unwavering dedication to provide scholarships to deserving students. Each year, YCCCQC produces an annual exhibition of new quilts and artwork for sale, curated by internationally recognized artist Charles Lilly, which coincides with the birthday anniversary of Dr. King and remains in place through February during Black History Month.
“It was only fitting that we honored the Quilt Committee at this inaugural event of the York College Foundation Board,” said President Marcia V. Keizs. “Their selfless service to the college and to our students has made a huge impact.”
The benefit, emceed by NY1 News’ Dominic Carter, was the first of its kind in the college’s 41-year history and will become an annual event.
Further information on upcoming events such as the York College Male Initiative Program’s Second Annual Men of Achievement Recognition Program honoring, among others, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and Rev. Charles Norris Sr., a free event to be held February 7 at 5 p.m. and the complete performance schedule of the Performing Arts Series can be obtained at the College’s website at www.york.cuny.edu.