Queens Community House (QCH) held its 10th Annual Celebrating Local Champions Reception on May 18 at Forest Hills Stadium. This was our first in-person spring event since 2019. Attendees included elected officials, Queens community stakeholders, borough residents, QCH leadership and program participants, and supporters of QCH.
During the event, QCH honored New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi as “Local Champions” for their years of supporting the Queens community.
“Both Senator Stavisky and Assemblymember Hevesi have been tireless advocates for the Queens community, going above and beyond to ensure that families and individuals across the borough have the resources that they need,” said QCH Executive Director Ben Thomases.
“The main reason Assemblymember Hevesi and I continue to support Queens Community House is the fact that they have programs for every age, from early childhood to older adults, serving the entire community in both good times and challenging times,” said Senator Stavisky.
“I am incredibly honored to be named ‘Local Champion’, but the real champions are the staff, volunteers and board members of Queens Community House,” said Hevesi. “Thank you for all the work you do for our community.”
QCH also announced Esther Sanchez as the winner of their 2022 Irma E. Rodriguez Community Builder Award. “Esther embodies what is best about our borough – a compassionate, tenacious, and selfless individual who has made a dedicated effort to unite neighbors of all backgrounds,” said Anna Dioguardi Moyano, QCH Director of Community Building.