FRED SAMUELS DEMOCRATIC CLUB COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED TO JERRY MIGDOL

VERY PROUD TO RECEIVE THIS COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM FRED SAMUELS DEMOCRATIC CLUB IN HARLEM. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT AND THE AWARD MEANS A LOT TO ME.

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Acceptance Speech
October 18, 2019

I want to thank everyone involved with my receiving this award. I truly feel honored with your bestowing this on me, especially with all the distinguished people that have preceded me tonight. So thank you very much.

And of course I am grateful to my new friend---our great State Senator Brian Benjamin, the man who nominated me to receive this. And as I understand it and as he so tactfully explained it---at first glance my nomination would not normally be a popular choice. He then said but for the fact that what you guys do here is worthy of being honored.

But for the fact that I have, or that we have--- including my wife and son, done so much for this Harlem community that we have come to love since our arrival here over 15 years ago. And so the fact that I am receiving this from this club is extra special and it really means a lot to me. To be acknowledged and praised for the good work you do from those within the community and from those who are qualified to judge those efforts is significant.

Now between our non-profits-- The Migdol Family Foundation Inc. The Daniel Migdol Memorial Fund, in honor of our son, who died in 2008 in Harlem and our newest non-profit Friends of Public School Harlem Inc, we give away throughout the year over $250,000 annually at various events designed to help children and the public schools or to honor the people or the history of Harlem. We donate school supplies and this year we gave away 4,000 backpacks filled with a loads of supplies, we contribute computers and laptops, money for alternative music and art programs, scholarship money for worthy graduates and we work in partnership with District 5 and its schools to do things like leadership programs and building makerspaces.

We have put plaques on buildings we own like one for the Hot Cha Bar and Grill on the corner of 134th and 7th Avenue, where Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller performed. Also on that building is a plaque for legendary civil rights attorney Thornton Meachem, who was a friend of ours. There is also one for our son Daniel Migdol. And just recently we honored Dr Hazel Dukes with a plaque and a beautiful ceremony that brought out about 200 people including elected officials like Mayor Dinkins, the Honorable Keith Wright, Senator Benjamin, Congressmen Rangel and Espaillat.onorable

For the rest of this year we are planning a safe and fun Halloween after school extravaganza, A day of Thanksgiving meals for seniors and homeless families, Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza events with gifts for all children and tickets to Radio City, MSG for games and performances and The Black Nutcracker at the Apollo. It’s fun and rewarding for us and it’s a blessing to be able to do this. So I thank everyone again for the recognition this award represents. I am grateful and humbled by it. May God Bless everyone.