Greyston celebrated the success of its programs providing individuals with jobs and the tools to lead self-sustaining lives at its 2015 annual benefit on May 20th at X20 in downtown Yonkers. Over 300 people attended the event and $380,000 was raised in support of Greyston’s holistic approach to alleviate poverty.
Special honorees this year were Edward Falkenberg, Greyston Board Member, and Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group. Both honorees have demonstrated a life-long commitment in support of sustainable business and social enterprise. Like Greyston, Ed and Erika are committed to providing opportunities for individuals and families as they move forward on their paths to self-sufficiency.
“I was thrilled to honor two inspiring individuals, Ed and Erika, for all they have done in support of and advocacy for Greyston,” said Mike Brady, Greyston’s President and CEO. “They have both worked tirelessly to institute sustainable enterprises that offer solutions to our country’s most pressing problems.”
Ed and Erika were among a host of inspiring activists, business and philanthropic leaders who attended the gala. State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assembly Woman Shelley Mayer, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore joined in celebrating the success of the country’s leading social enterprise.
Greyston serves more than 5,000 residents in Yonkers and other Westchester County communities by supporting individuals and families as they forge a path to self-sufficiency and community transformation. Greyston is an entrepreneurial organization that provides jobs, workforce development, housing, youth services and community gardens. Greyston is best known for its bakery, which provides the brownies in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and offers a complete line of baked goods while providing jobs for the hard to employ. For more information, visit www.Greyston.org