The Robin Hood Foundation Honors Five New York Heroes

Forbes Magazine | December 2, 2004

Robin Hood, one of the city’s leading poverty-fighting organizations, today honored five New Yorkers at the Fifteenth annual Robin Hood Heroes Awards at The Plaza Hotel. The breakfast was attended by leaders from Wall Street, government, and the entertainment, technology, and media industries, including Chancellor Joel Klein.

Each year, Robin Hood honors outstanding people whose work is transforming the lives of the poorest New Yorkers. Each of the organizations that the Heroes represent received $50,000 from Robin Hood. Presenting the Robin Hood Heroes Awards were Robin Hood board members Marie-Josee Kravis, Geoffrey Canada, Glenn Dubin, Paul Tudor Jones, and Harvey Weinstein.

The 2004 Robin Hood Heroes:

  • Ellen Baxter and Julissa Ventura, Broadway Housing
    By age 13, Julissa Ventura had spent three years shuttling from city shelter to city shelter. When her mother died suddenly, she had four younger siblings to care for and nowhere to go. Luckily, her mother had applied to Broadway Housing for an apartment. Headed by Ellen Baxter, a leading advocate for the homeless for more than 20 years, Broadway Housing provides homeless individuals and their families with beautiful homes and the support services they need to keep them- permanently. Now Julissa and her siblings live with their grandmother in an apartment on Riverside Drive, making them one of the 300 thriving households in Broadway Housing’s six buildings in Washington Heights and Harlem.
  • Daliah Heller, Citiwide Harm Reduction
  • Maggie Runyan-Shefa, K.I.P.P. STAR
  • Steve Stathis, Graybeards, 9/11 Relief Fund Hero Award
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