We’re a winner! (but you knew that already)
We are thrilled to announce that Crain’s New York named The Floating Hospital a 2022 “Diversity and Inclusion Champion” for a medium-sized organization. We were named a finalist in May and presented with the award at the magazine’s gala lunch event on June 16. Director of Community Outreach Cynthia Davis and Vice President and CFO Gloria Jackson accepted the honor on behalf of the organization. D & I is in The Floating Hospital’s DNA, from our early days serving New York City’s poorest in the 19th-century immigrant waves to our current model of opening our doors to anyone who needs medical care regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Moreover, we were cited for our track record of diverse hiring, training, promoting and retention; our visible leadership of color on staff and on the board of directors; and our initiatives to bolster culturally sensitive internal programming for staff.
You showed up and showed the love
Our first in-person benefit since 2019 was a lovefest that lived up to its name, “Summer of Love.” Friends, supporters and staff gathered at Current, the waterfront venue at Chelsea Piers, for a gorgeous evening of music, gourmet nibbles and raising funds to support our vital work. And, oh yeah, there was dancing, too, to celebrate the $118,900 paddle raise to support our new life skills program. Emmy-award winning investigative reporter Monica Morales of PIX-11 served as the enthusiastic emcee, urging guests to get on board the love train. Guest speakers, Frank Carone, chief of staff to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and patient Tameka Cooke inspired us all. Dapper auctioneer Lucas Hunt kept track of the bids as they flowed in and Virginia Mayhew & the Jazz Funk Masters kept the beat with funk hits that kept the place rocking. In total, the benefit raised $332,098.