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Erica Berger

UFT Brooklyn Strides Coordinator Katrina Foye (center) is flanked by PS 177 honorees (from left) Iwona Rusin, Helen Pavlounis, Charlene Arent and Chapter Leader Antonella Lombardo.

The UFT’s Brooklyn borough office — and everyone inside — was decked out in pink on Oct. 2 for its fourth annual Making Strides Shine and Dine event. The festive program is a way to thank the schools that raised more than $1,000 apiece for the American Cancer Society the previous year as part of the union’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Shine and Dine also kicked off this year’s Making Strides fundraisers, encouraging Brooklyn members to try to top last year’s collective fundraising total of more than $110,000. Awards were presented to the 34 schools that qualified and, in a new program feature, there were three student performances: a 7th-grader from SEEALL Academy in Borough Park played a violin solo; two students from Performing Arts and Technology HS in East New York gave a rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” and their schoolmates in the Shining Stars Dance Ensemble also performed. “I loved the talent,” said Joan Kneider, a UFT retiree. “I was so amazed by all the teenagers who are so enthusiastic about raising funds for social causes and cancer research.” Many students and UFT members become involved with Strides after losing a loved one or colleague to cancer. Bushwick’s PS 145, an honoree, has lost three teachers to cancer in recent years. “It touches a lot of us very personally,” said Kristine Watts, a teacher at the school. Her chapter leader, Leonarda Digiglio, said hearing why members from other schools are raising money and listening to their “survival stories” inspires her to do more.

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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Showing off their pink fairy wings are (from left) teacher Helen Pavlounis, paraprofessional Charlene Arent, teacher Iwona Rusin and Chapter Leader Antonella Lombardo, all from PS 177.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

The room and many of the people inside of it are decked out in pink for the occasion.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Enjoying the speakers and performances are (from left) Chapter Leader Mavis Yon, Oceania Reyes and Claudia Morales of PS 156.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

A 7th-grade student at SEEALL Academy performs a violin solo.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Jocelin Kegler, representing the American Cancer Society, congratulates the participants.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Lynette Azar, the UFT chapter leader from SEEALL Academy, delivers remarks with her principal, Garry Williams.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Cecille Sanquiche, a new UFT retiree, receives an award for her work as a Making Strides fundraiser.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

A student from the Performing Arts and Technology HS’s dance troupe executes her routine.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Flanking Jocelin Kegler of the American Cancer Society are PS 212 teacher Susan Feinsilver (left) and Chapter Leader Maria Belkadi.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Attendees hold up glow sticks during a poetry reading.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Showing off their pink fairy wings are (from left) teacher Helen Pavlounis, paraprofessional Charlene Arent, teacher Iwona Rusin and Chapter Leader Antonella Lombardo, all from PS 177.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

The room and many of the people inside of it are decked out in pink for the occasion.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Enjoying the speakers and performances are (from left) Chapter Leader Mavis Yon, Oceania Reyes and Claudia Morales of PS 156.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

A 7th-grade student at SEEALL Academy performs a violin solo.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Jocelin Kegler, representing the American Cancer Society, congratulates the participants.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Lynette Azar, the UFT chapter leader from SEEALL Academy, delivers remarks with her principal, Garry Williams.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Cecille Sanquiche, a new UFT retiree, receives an award for her work as a Making Strides fundraiser.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

A student from the Performing Arts and Technology HS’s dance troupe executes her routine.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Flanking Jocelin Kegler of the American Cancer Society are PS 212 teacher Susan Feinsilver (left) and Chapter Leader Maria Belkadi.

Erica Berger
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Brooklyn Making Strides Shine

Attendees hold up glow sticks during a poetry reading.

Erica Berger