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Bronx, NY– On Wednesday, February 7th, 2024, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson hosted her Black History Month celebration at Eastwood Manor located at 3371 Eastchester Road in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. The evening, recognizing the richness of African American culture and history in the borough, featured special performances by The Harlem Group Ensemble, and Renaissance HS Varsity Voices.

Receiving the Aurelia Greene Memorial Award was Principal Administrative Associate of NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Shirley Williams Myrie, who is celebrating her 70th year as a New York City employee. The Bronx native who began her career in 1953, was joined by her family and ACS Commissioner Jess Dannhauser, who hailed her years of dedication to the city as a public servant.

Also honored was President/CEO of Soul Snacks Cookies, Ralph Rolle, whose product, once a staple at local bodegas in the 1990’s, is now being sold at Krogers and Walmart stores across the country. Recently featured in People Magazine and Fortune Magazine, Rolle who once baked out of the kitchen of his apartment at the Bronx River Houses, will soon be partnering with former White House pastry chef under the Obama Administration, Bill Yosses, to start a culinary School based in the Soundview section.

Executive Director of New Settlement, Rigaud Yves Noel, has served in senior and executive management positions at non-profits across New York City over the last two decades and credited his Haitian-born parents who, despite financial challenges, sent him to Catholic school to ensure his future success in the workforce.

Tenant Association President and Family Enrichment Center Director at the Bronx River Houses, Norma Saunders, was also recognized for her tireless work in advocating for youth and adults in public housing. A Youth Award was given to the Renaissance HS Varsity Voices, and PIX 11’s Arrianee LeBeau served as MC for the event.