brooklyn children's museum staff

Brooklyn Children's Museum kids gala staff

*On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) hosted the 2011 Brooklyn Kids Awards Gala at 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York.  Over 400 festively dressed guests attended the spectacular celebration boasting sweeping breathtaking views of Brooklyn from NYC’s first LEED certified “green” office building.

Themed “The Stars of Tomorrow are the Children We Serve Today,” the swellegant soiree honored five “stars” for their inspiration and leadership within their respective fields has been recognized throughout the world as they inspire and lead the way for young global citizens of tomorrow.  The event also paid tribute to and handed out 2011 Charles E. Inniss youth awards.

The honorees included:  Larry Silverstein, President and CEO Silverstein Properties (green future), Pilar Guzmán, editor-in-chief Martha Stewart Living (nurturing families), Lorna Simpson, renowned contemporary artist and photographer (creativity), Sunny Bates, founder of Sunny Bates Associates (connecting) and the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning performance ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock (inspiration).

The five-star evening featured a silent auction; an all-star live performance by honorees Sweet Honey In The Rock; food from Rice, Rye, Sugarcane, Dutch Boy Burger, Basil, Madiba, The Farm on Adderley; and libations from Brooklyn Brewery, Long Island’s Original LiV Vodka, Haamonii Shochu, Brooklyn Wine Exchange and Fizzy Lizzy.

BCM would like to thank the generous support received from its many sponsors with special thanks to lead sponsor Silverstein Properties. The amazing affair is said to have raised the recently renovated 111 year old institution’s fundraising efforts to an all-time high.

georgina ngozi and sweet honey and the rock

Brooklyn Children's Museum president Georgina Ngozi (center) and Inspiration Award winners Sweet Honey and the Rock

The world’s first museum for children and New York City’s first LEED Silver certified “green” museum, BCM opened its’ doors to children and families on December 16, 1899, welcoming small hands to science and culture in a visionary way.  An international leader with vibrant community roots, BCM re-opened new doors in September 2008 on the completion of a major expansion designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly.

BCM is a world-class facility that each year serves over 225,000 annual visitors, 800 schools, and 260 children in our free after-school program.  Through our interactive web site and online collections BCM welcomes an average of 18,000 monthly guests.

It is the only children’s museum in NYC to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.  With a museum experience that allows patrons the opportunity to visit a “living” classroom, our permanent collection includes more than 29,000 cultural objects and natural history specimens representing many cultures throughout the world and dating back over 2,000 years.  (Photo Credit: Photographic Excellence)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.