Please join The Campaign Against Hunger for Harvest Heroes as we honor outstanding community heroes committed to fighting hunger and poverty in New York City.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Food & Drinks: 6:00 pm
Reception: 7:00 pm
Beach Dunes Eats & Arts Cafe
45-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY 11691
Queens Borough President
James Sanders Jr.
NYS Assembly Member
Khaleel M. Anderson
NYC Council Member
Selvena N. Brooks-Powers
Donovan Richards Jr., a lifelong resident of Southeast Queens, was elected as Borough President in November of 2020.
Growing up, he lived in Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, and Rosedale, with frequent visits to grandparents who lived in the Rockaways. He attended Jamaica High School and Redemption Christian Academy before studying communications, radio, and TV at Nyack College. He later received a degree in Aviation Management from Vaughn College.
Donovan got his start in politics after the tragic killing of a close friend inspired him to get more involved in his community and join the fight to end gun violence. He worked in numerous positions within the City Council, where he connected with the community and developed a hands-on approach to helping constituents. This knowledge was crucial in getting him elected to the city council in 2013.
As a fighter for affordable housing, he was proud to serve as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises during his first City Council term. He used this position to fight for rezoning in the Rockaways to increase residential availability as well as commercial and community space, including a new library. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection following Super Storm Sandy. Through his position, he was able to help secure funding for flood protection to protect Rockaway communities.
He has been a steadfast advocate for criminal justice reform, most recently acting as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety. In that position, he has held numerous hearings on NYPD protocols surrounding protests, cannabis, and the Special Victims Division. In the City Council, he has been a proponent of closing Rikers Island and legalizing adult-use cannabis.
As Queens Borough President, Donovan is leading the efforts to revitalize our great borough and make it one which works for all of its residents and workers.
Senator James Sanders Jr. represents the 10th Senatorial District in Queens, which includes neighborhoods in Southeast Queens and most of the Rockaways. He is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banks and the Chairman of the Senate’s Task Force on Minority and Women Businesses Enterprises (MWBE).
Senator Sanders has been a fierce advocate for working people, families and unions. Several important pieces of legislation he authored and had signed into law include to extend Article 15-A to reauthorize the MWBE program, create a veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention task force, require that every nursing home facility post quality care inspection status, strengthen human trafficking law, and combat and prevent drug-related overdoses.
Senator Sanders makes constituent services a top priority and believes in strengthening transparency and accountability in New York State’s government.
Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson was elected to serve Assembly District 31 in Queens for his first term in November 2020. Anderson represents parts of Arverne, Brookville, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Rosedale, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Springfield Gardens and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Anderson began his young career as a community organizer at the age of 13 and has since been dedicated to leadership, service and advocacy. In 2011, he was an organizer for a local non-profit that trains cohorts of youth in civic engagement. Anderson was the youngest member of Queens Community Board 14 and his local Police Precinct Council during his tenure. Anderson’s hard work, leadership and dedication to his community have earned him recognition from local and state elected officials.
Assembly Member Anderson is a leading voice in addressing issues of food insecurity, disaster preparedness, housing, transportation and healthcare planning in Assembly District 31. Prior to his election, he demonstrated his ability to govern while serving as a student activist and a respected community activist. He worked to build a half-acre urban farm which provides fresh produce, workshops, training on healthy eating, and employment opportunities for young people. He remains committed to amplifying the unique voices of young people and all his constituents.
Anderson was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Rockaways. Khaleel graduated Queens College from a BA program and is finalizing an MA in Urban Affairs, with a minor in Cities and Social Medicine. He is a 2021 Lindsay Fellow in Government Leadership and Practice.
As a new member of the legislative body, Khaleel’s priorities include housing and healthcare justice, criminal justice reform, educational equity, transportation equity, and environmental justice.
Assembly Member Anderson is the youngest Black Assembly Member in New York State history. Anderson lives in Far Rockaway, New York.
Selvena N. Brooks-Powers represents the 31st District which includes the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, and Far Rockaway. She was elected in a special election in February 2021.
A fierce advocate for equity in city resources, Selvena Brooks-Powers helped to secure $95 million in restoration to fund the 116th Precinct, expand the Cure Violence program into the 105th Precinct, and establish a permanent COVID-19 vaccine site.
A dedicated public servant for 17 years and lifelong resident of Southeast Queens, Selvena Brooks-Powers is the proud daughter of immigrant parents and devoted to fighting for what’s right and delivering results. As a community organizer, Selvena drove high-impact initiatives on critical issues, including education, voting rights and empowerment, racial and economic justice, relief efforts post-Hurricane Katrina, M/WBE opportunities, and workers’ rights.
Immediately prior to elected office, Selvena was a manager for M/WBE compliance, external affairs and community outreach on the $13 billion JFK International Airport Redevelopment Program.
Previously, Selvena worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) family as a communications director for various campaigns, including the Fight for $15 campaign across numerous states, and on one of the tightest Congressional races to win back the majority in the U.S.
A proud HBCU alumna, Selvena is a graduate of Wilberforce University, the first privately owned and operated HBCU. She also holds an M.S. in International Law from New York University.
Sponsoring Harvest Heroes is an opportunity for you and your organization to demonstrate your commitment to supporting the 1.6 million New Yorkers facing hunger and poverty in our community. Your sponsorship has a direct impact on the work we do and the individuals we serve.
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