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EmblemHealth Honors Upper Manhattan Nonprofits at “Commitment to Care Lecture & Award Series”

NEW YORK, NY (October 27, 2014) — EmblemHealth, the New York-based health and wellness company, recognized and honored seven nonprofit organizations serving residents of Upper Manhattan at the “Commitment to Care Lecture & Award Series.”

The awards ceremony, held October 21 at La Marina in Inwood, recognized nonprofit organizations that exemplify a commitment to providing care, services and support to the residents of New York City.

“EmblemHealth is very proud to honor our fellow New Yorkers. The Commitment to Care awards allow us to highlight local organizations that are making a difference and a positive impact in their communities,” said Dave Mahder, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, EmblemHealth. “Each organization displays an unwavering commitment to improve their respective communities, and that is an inspiration to us all,” said Mahder.

Seny Taveras, JD, executive director of City University of New York (CUNY) in the Heights at Hostos Community College, served as the evening’s keynote speaker. In her remarks to the non-profit groups she acknowledged the challenges nonprofits often face regarding funding sources, and advised them not to depend on one source of funding and to explore new opportunities across the public and private sectors.

The evening’s Commitment to Care nonprofit organization honorees were:

Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas, Inc.
Carmen Acosta, President accepted the Commitment to Care Award for Empowering Families Through Education, Activism and Collaboration.

Community League of the Heights, Inc.
Yvonne Stennett, Executive Director, accepted the Commitment to Care Award for Advocating for Affordable Housing, Education, Health, Youth Services and Neighborhood Improvement.

Instituto Duartiano
Cesar Romero, President accepted the Commitment to Care Award for the Development of Social, Cultural Programming and Adult Literacy.

Inwood Community Services, Inc.
Cyn Andreozzi, Director, Adult Literacy Programs accepted the Commitment to Care Award for Providing Essential Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Adult Literacy and Youth Enrichment Programs.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Maria Lizardo, Interim Executive Director, accepted the Commitment to Care Award for Stabilizing Families and Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency.

Padres Abogando Por Los Niños Fundación
Carmen Rojas, President, accepted the Commitment to Care Award for Promoting Education and Creating an Environment Where Children Can Thrive.

United Palace of Cultural Arts, Inc.
Mike Fitelson, Executive Director, accepted the Commitment to Care Award for Inspiring People to Exceed Through Arts and Culture.

From left to right back row: David Flemister, director of brand strategy and community marketing; EmblemHealth, Malik Abdur-Razzaq, market segment manager; EmblemHealth, Commitment to Care honoree Mike Fitelson, executive director, United Palace of Cultural Arts, Inc.; Seny Taveras, J.D., executive director of City University of New York (CUNY) in the Heights; Dave Mahder, vice president, marketing and communications, EmblemHealth; front row: Commitment to Care honoree Yvonne Stennett, executive director, Community League of the Heights; Carmen Rojas, Padres Abogando Por Los Niños Fundación; Honoree Carmen Acosta, president, Asociacion de Mujeres Progresistas, Inc.; Honoree Maria Lizardo, interim executive director, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation; Honoree Cyn Andreozzi, director, adult literacy programs, Inwood Community Services; Honoree Cesar Romero, president, Instituto Duartiano. Photo credit: EmblemHealth/Cibele Newman

About EmblemHealth
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states. For more information, visit

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