Dominican Women’s Development Center 29th Anniversary Gala-2017

By: Gloria Smith, Associate Editor  for  World Liberty TV

This Year’s Gala theme , “Healthcare is a Human Right,” was selected at a time in our nation when healthcare costs are skyrocketing and major changes to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Universal Medicare are being considered .

Dr.Abbey with Rosita Romero Executive Director DWDC

These Changes can have a tremendous adverse  impact on our communities, particularly the undocumented families with whom we work –who already have very limited access to health services.

Lin Manel Miranda of Hamilton Big Supporter of DWDC

The high- quality medical care is a basic human right that should be available to all has been a theme of the Dominican Women’s Development Center from the beginning .It is a theme that is more urgent now than ever.

Scholarship Students of DWDC

True to our mission ,this year our Health Promotion Program opened a new site that focuses on prevention of HIV, asthma, and diabetes ,as well as provides services for healthy sexuality and health insurance enrollment .And, last month el Centro opened the first LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth Drop in Center in Washington Heights/Inwood.

George Hulse of Healthfirst Introducing Healthcare Leadership Honorees

Tonight ,we congratulate the remarkable men, women, corporations, and healthcare providers who we honor for their contributions to our communities and our organization .

Dr.Abbey with Maria Khury Chairman of Dominican Parade & Attorney Alfred Placeros

As Always ,we are grateful to our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers for their tireless support ,time, commitment, and efforts .El Centro would not be possible without our people .

Dr.Abbey with José Calderón President Hispanic Federation

We also want to express our deepest gratitude to our gala sponsors and the members of our benefit committee, who helped to make this evening possible.

Los Clarinetes Magicos Orchestra doing a live Performance

Close to 250 people were in attendance, 6pm-7pm was networking reception and silent Auction , 7-15pm Program/Dinner and Award Presentations ,The Following were honored: Leadership in Government Award, State Senator Marisol Alcantara, Corporate  Leadership  Award winners; ADP, Affinity and  United Healthcare/Oxford.

Healthcare Leadership Award Winners

Healthcare Leadership Award Winners: Dr. Julie  Ramos-NYP Hospital , Dr .Ramon Tallaj –Corinthian ,IPA. Dr.Yomaris Pena –Modern Medicine Clinic and  Janette Maloy R.Ph-Cibano Pharmacy .

Dr.Abbey with Emcee Cristina Navarrete Of Telemundo

Media and Marketing award winners: Jose Luis Lopez- Lopez Marketing Group, Jorge Plasencia-Republica ,LLC and Raphael Miranda of NBC Universal .

Live entertainment was by Los Clarinetes  Magicos and mistress of ceremonies was Cristina Navarrete, Telemundo Journalist.

About ;Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) The Mission of DWDC is to empower all women and communities to advance gender equality and social justice.

Mrs Romero with 2017 Honorees

Value Statements

We believe  in treating  all  people  with  Dignity and  Respect.

We believe that promoting Gender Equality is fundamental to social  justice

We  believe  that  all  people  have  the right  to opportunities and resources that  support them  in  reaching their  full potential .

We believe  in practicing  Holistic , culturally  sensitive , inclusive  and innovate  community engagement .

We are  committed  to serving  all communities regardless of  background  gender , race, ethnicity, economic  status, age, religion , culture, sexual  orientation or other  identities.

We believe  in the  power of  advocacy  for  ourselves and  our  communities.

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