Let’s hear it for Allstate agency owner Sally Guzzone, who secured a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant to support Ridge Chorale’s efforts to provide a cultural institution for the community that raises funds for charitable organizations through performance.
As a volunteer with Ridge Chorale, Sally joined thousands of Allstate agency owners and financial specialists around the country who aim to improve their communities by supporting important local causes, such as providing a cultural institution for individuals, raising money for domestic violence programs, and empowering youth to reach their full potential.
“As a small business owner in Brooklyn, I see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing our area,” Allstate agency owner Sally said. She added, “Giving back is tremendously rewarding and gives me a sense of purpose. I believe that when we help others, we can be a positive force for change in our communities, which is why I’m proud to support Ridge Chorale’s work. ”
The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.
Sally Guzzone, Allstate Agency [7002 Third Ave. at 70th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–4616].
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
A big welcome
Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Lori A. Escallier, who has been named Dean of the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate.
Dr. Wayne J. Riley, president of SUNY Downstate, let the O know and said, “Dr. Escallier comes to Downstate from Stony Brook University, where she has been professor and associate dean in the School of Nursing.”
“I am thrilled to have such an accomplished educator, administrator, and nursing professional as Dr. Escallier joining SUNY Downstate as our new dean of the College of Nursing.” he added. “In addition to teaching at all degree levels, she has developed numerous academic programs from conception to implementation. Her contributions to nursing diversity and program outcomes have had a sustained and continuing impact at the national level, making her the perfect person to carry on the tradition of leadership that Downstate’s College of Nursing is known for nationwide.”
Dr. Escallier has worked at Stony Brook for 36 years. Her innovative work developing educational engagement strategies for diverse students has been nationally recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has been the recipient of numerous grants totaling more than nine million dollars, which have supported the academic success of underrepresented minority students.
She has also co-authored a national award-winning resource book for diverse nurses, the “RWJF/AACN Transition to Practice Toolkit.”
Standing O wishes Dr. Escallier a long and successful tenure.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center [450 Clarkson Ave. at New York Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 270–1000].
Save the date
Brooklyn Community Service invites you to unite as one as part of its One BK Unite walk to help support programs that help families invest in themselves.
Join on Sept. 17 to walk or make a donation to support an individual or team and take action.
Registration will be held at 11 am, and the walk begins at noon at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park.
Brooklyn Community Services [285 Schermerhorn St. at Bond Street in Boerum Hill, (718) 310–5600; info@
Join the team
The Federation of Italian American Organization’s soccer team is hosting open registration for the 2017–18 season.
Boys and girls ages 4 to 14 can register now at the organization’s office Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
You may also register from 10 am to noon on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at Verrazano Drier Offerman Outdoor Field, located at Shore Parkway and Bay 49th Street.
Federation of Italian American Organization [7403 18th Ave. at 75th Street in Bensonhurst, (718) 259–2828].