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HAUP Gets Commitment to Care Award from EmblemHealth

EmblemHealth honored Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP) with its Commitment to Care Award for Promoting the Prosperity of American Immigrants on June 12. Four other community-based non-profit organizations operating in Queens county were also honored. The event took place at Antun’s in Queens Village in front of about 100 guests.

Commitment to Care Awards

Marie J. Charles (far right, front row) accepts the Commitment to Care Award for Promoting the Prosperity of American Immigrants on HAUP’s behalf. Other honorees were from the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults (JASPOA), Latin Women in Action, the National Council of Negro Women (Queens Section) and Homes for the Homeless. In the rear were EmblemHealth officials and legendary NBA Hall of Fame star “Earl the Pearl” Monroe!

The legendary “Earl The Pearl” Monroe, a four-time NBA All Star joined the event, greeting guests and handing awards to the honorees. He was joined on stage by EmblemHealth’s David Flemister, the Director of Brand Strategy and Community Marketing and Marci McCall, Community Relations

The festive and collegial atmosphere lent itself to much interaction in the reception area. Antun’s as usual did a great job of tending to its guests’ pleasure.

HAUP’s contributions and value to the Southeast Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island community are increasingly recognized as the beneficiaries of  programs established as long as 40 years ago set and implement policies affecting millions of New Yorkers.

As we reported earlier, HAUP earned a 5-star rating delivering services to the developmentally disabled in NY State. While many of the people that it serves are Haitian immigrants, HAUP provides services today regardless of nationality or ethnic origin. HAUP is no longer an agency that assists only newcomers to America. HAUP is  an institution that strives to build a fair and equal America that is diverse, open to different cultures and new ideas.

HAUP's Board of Directors

From left to right, Marie J. Charles (Deputy Director), Rulx Rosefort (Chairman), a friend of HAUP, and Board members Renaud Dufresne and Samantha Cayo.

“HAUP is a Haitian-led institution that provides hope and firmly believes in the motto: E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one),” says Marie Charles, Deputy Director. “Ensuring HAUP’s ability to meet the needs of the most impoverished or developmentally challenged amongst us reflects well on all of us and the kind of society we want to believe in and build. Sometimes all it takes is a dollar and a dream. Pitch in with financial support that you are comfortable with and we’ll follow up with making the dream a reality. We thank EmblemHealth for its recognition of our achievements and congratulate our colleagues on receiving the Commitment to Care Award.”

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