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Three cheers to Team Natalie Grace. The dedicated quad — led by John Quaglione, wife Kerry, and their two beautiful daughters, Natalie Grace and Olivia — walked and raised more than 4,000 buckaroos, the most ever for the team in one year. The funds are slated to aid the March of Dimes in its mission to “reduce and hopefully end premature births,” said John, who was invited on the stage during the opening ceremony and acknowledged as one of the teams in the Circle of Champions.

Team Natalie Grace has participated in the walk-a-thon for the past four years and has helped raise more than $10,000 for the charity.

John is already in Standing O’s circle of champions!


Sparking the light

The Brooklyn Community Foundation announced the inaugural Spark Prize honoring change-makers in the borough’s thriving nonprofit sector. Five organizations will each receive the $100,000 prize this year, after being selected through a competitive application process by a diverse committee of distinguished civic, business, and neighborhood leaders hailing from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets above $350,000 and a minimum of five years in operation are invited to apply through June 3. Organizations do not need to be previous grantees of Brooklyn Community Foundation to be eligible.

“As Brooklyn’s community foundation, we want to shine the spotlight on outstanding organizations that are building equity and strength in our communities,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation president and chief executive officer Cecilia Clarke. “Just as Brooklyn is home to some of the most creative businesses and brands in the world, it’s also a hotbed for exciting non-profits and social entrepreneurs. We hope that the Spark Prize will be a valuable ‘seal of approval’ for organizations that embody Brooklyn’s ingenuity, strong values, and bold leadership.”

The Spark Prize is presented in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

“The spirit of generosity that animates the people of this borough defines us as One Brooklyn,” said Borough President Adams. “I’m proud to partner on this prize that will continue that valuable legacy and showcase our thriving nonprofit sector to the world.”

Application clinics for non-profits applying at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St. at Court Street, Downtown) on May 9 from 5 to 6:30 pm, and at the Concord Baptist Church of Christ (833 Gardner C. Taylor Blvd. between Madison and Putnam avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant) on May 17 from 10 am to 11:30 am. RSVP in advance at


Save the date

Calling all veterans’ groups, civic associations, and community members. You are invited to attend the Marine Major Eugene T. McCarthy Memorial, hosted by the Frasier Civic Association, on May 15 at 10:30 am.

The memorial will be held at the Triangle [Avenue N and E. 31st St. and the Kings Highway Service Road, (917) 559–3600,].


Summer scholarships

CoLab-Factory, the borough’s premier co-working and shared office space, is offering graduating college students an opportunity to participate in the 2016 summer co-working scholarship program.

The scholarship is being granted so enterprising students can have a place to build their startups to achieve their dreams.

Enterprising grads who are interested may simply apply and pitch a startup idea. The 30 most compelling startups win the coveted spot!

CoLab-Factory [14 DeKalb Ave. in Fort Greene, (646) 226–0548,].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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