Party with a purpose! Local group celebrates 150 years of community service

Good to give: Philanthropists Aaron and Deborah Dean were honored at the Brooklyn Community Services 150th anniversary gala.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

It was an affair to remember!

Actress Debi Mazar emceed a gala on Monday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a local social services provider — and it was a night for the organization’s history book, said a spokeswoman for the group that got its start helping Civil War-era street kids.

“It was a wonderful, inspiring night,” said Sonya Shields, an external relations rep for Brooklyn Community Services. “For the past couple years, we’ve been going through the archives as the anniversary approached, and the amount of work BCS has done in the borough is remarkable.”

The organization — which offers healthcare, legal aid, and job training services, as well as assistance for the blind and disabled — raised $400,000 at the event, which it will use for youth development, mental services, and support for the disabled.

And while Mazar — who hosts her own Cooking Channel show and has appeared in series such as “Younger” and “Entourage” — may have brought the star power to the gala at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the night’s honorees, who all received recognition for their work helping the less fortunate, shone just as bright.

They included: Aaron and Deborah Dean, Edward Gentner, the Phillips-Van Heusen corporation, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, and the Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Having a blast: Award recipient Georgia Kouriampalis-Serves and her friends enjoy the evening.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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