Flushing Town Hall Announces 39th Anniversary Gala On June 7

Flushing Town Hall will hold its 39th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, June 7th at the historic Flushing Town Hall, honoring Howard Graf, Graf & Lewent Architects, LLP, 1st annual Creative Design and Architecture Award; President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, Queens College, CUNY; and, 9P Community Volunteers.

The annual benefit supports Flushing Town Hall's annual arts and cultural programs that serve over 56,000 people annually, city-wide, of which over 18,000 are students, families and seniors. The event begins at 6 PM with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner, awards and entertainment at 7 PM, at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. Tickets are available at www.flushingtownhall.org/gala. RSVP by Monday, June 1.

Abiding to its mission to provide "global arts for a global community," Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian Affiliate and member of New York City's Cultural Institutions Group, brings to Queens local, national, and international performances and exhibitions that are often seen in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or Europe or Asia.

"This annual event is an opportunity to showcase the value of culture and arts in our community and throughout the borough, and a chance to come together and celebrate remarkable honorees who exemplify the importance of supporting the arts," said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall.

This year's honorees are: Howard Graf, of Graf & Lewent Architects, LLP, a longtime Flushing Town Hall Board Member and former Board President, who will receive Flushing Town Hall's first annual Creative Design and Architecture Award; Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, President of Queens College, CUNY; and, 9P Community Volunteers.

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, the Glow Foundation, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen J. Kodadek, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Anita Lin, Lin & Loveall Foundation, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, Anita Liu, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, the NYC & Company Foundation, New York Community Trust, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, New York Shandong Association, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Sterling National Bank, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, Edwina and Eldwin Wong, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh.

About Flushing Town HallFlushing Town Hall (FTH) presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and International Artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City's Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

For Tickets & More info: www.flushingtownhall.org(718) 463-7700 x222137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354

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