Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Pierre | Fifth Avenue & 61ST
Street | New York City
Empowering Individuals to Keep it Safe
The...
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Dear Friends,
Welcome one and all to The Guardian Angels 32nd Gala Dinner, our primary fundraising event held once
each ...
Providing peaceful solutions to safeguard
neighborhoods, schools and cyberspace
from bullying, gangs and violence.
Empower...
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Role Models For Over 3 Decades
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The Guardian Angels is pleased to recognize our Distinguished Honorees for 2011,
who are standing up for the safety of f...
Dr. Positano is nationally known for his non-surgical approach to the treatment of foot
disorders. Dr. Positano is on staf...
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Cornelia Zicu
Chief Creative Officer, Red Door Spa Holdings, Elizabeth Arden
The Guardian Angels “Inspirational Angel” A...
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Rafael A. Alvarez
President & CEO, Atax Franchise, Inc.
Outstanding Guardian Angel Red Beret Award
Rafael Alvarez was bo...
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2010
Previous Honorees
The Archangel Pinnacle of
Achievement Award
Joseph P. Acquavella
Co-Managing Partner, Acquavella...
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2009
Previous Honorees
The Archangel Pinnacle of
Achievement Award
Barry Kaye
Best Selling Author,
Lecturer and Life In...
12
2008
Previous Honorees
Archangel Lifetime Leadership
Award Recipient
Henry Buhl
Founder, A.C.E. Programs for the Homele...
13
2007
Previous Honorees
Archangel Lifetime Leadership
Award Recipient
Simon Bergson
President & CEO,
Manhattan Beer Dist...
14
2006
Previous Honorees
Archangel Lifetime
Leadership Award Recipient
Peter Weedfald
Senior Vice President,
Chief Market...
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Lifetime Achievement
Award
Howard Lorber
President and CEO, New Valley Corp,
and Principle Owner of
Douglas Elliman Rea...
Margo and John
Catsimatidis
Chairman, Red Apple Group
Tino Hernandez
Chairman, New York Housing
Authority
Dr. Jonathan &
A...
Guardian Angel of the Year Award
Hon. Michael Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
Lifetime Achievement Award
Fred Drasner
Co-...
Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Bruce Morrow
WCBS-FM radio disc jockey,
known to generations of New York
m...
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In September, we were saddened by the passing of our dear friend and long-time supporter,
Jim Winner. Perhaps Jim was b...
20
Leontina Vaduva is a highly acclaimed French soprano of
Romanian origin. With her rich and generous voice, she has
give...
Community Safety Patrols
• The heart and soul of The Guardian Angels since 1979.
• Comprised of volunteers who patrol stre...
22
Junior Angels Veteran’s Day Parade 2010
Junior Angels Fall Field Trip 2010
Hashim Brings Role Model Program to Brooklyn...
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Junior Guardian Angels
The Junior Guardian Angels, our early prevention program for children from 7 to 11, teaches
valu...
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GuardianAngels.org
Welcome to the NEW GuardianAngels.com website! Surf on over and
click through our newly designed sit...
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Thank you to Katya Gifford and
Anthony de Araujo, CyberAngels
Program Consultants
for all these years!
In 1979, Curtis ...
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Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying
Don’t respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually
exactly w...
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Role Model Zone Handouts
A Parent’s Quick Reference Card
Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement
This quick referen...
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The Early Days
First Guardian Angels Safety book , published in 1982
The Guardian Angels grass roots philosophy
Recycli...
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Curtis  Sylvester Stallone
Curtis receives the key to the City from Mayor Bloomberg (2009)
Historic Moments
Tony Hseih,...
Essex C.O.P. Walk
The Guardian Angels organize Baltimore Counties first Citizen on Patrol walk in Essex MD.
The Baltimore ...
Ipanema, Brazil Safety Patrol
Brazil’s bike patrols in Rio
Junior Guardian Angels in Mexico CitySan Jose Chapter Holiday T...
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The Guardian Angels are Grateful for our Dedicated Supporters
Curtis  Robert J. Frey Margo, John  John Jr. Catsimatidis...
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Paul Carlucci (Publisher of The New York Post), Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
Honoree Carl Icahn, Curtis, Regis Philb...
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Honoree Joseph Acquavella  his wife Arlene with Curtis Vampiro with Chester  Francesca Sliwa
Mark Simone  Rita Cosby
La...
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General Manager Sean O’Neil (on right), with the AM970 The Apple crew
Kathy Frey (2nd from left) and friends Patti Page...
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Elisha  Eric Krauss Rabbi Joe Potasnik Helaine Rizzo
Dolly Lenz, Ed Moldaver, and Irena Holiat Mary  Curtis Sliwa
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Board of Trustees
Chairman - Robert J. Frey
Henry Buhl
John A. Catsimatidis
Margo Catsimatidis
Paul Clolery
John DiDome...
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  1. 1. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 The Pierre | Fifth Avenue & 61ST Street | New York City Empowering Individuals to Keep it Safe The Guardian Angels Anniversary Gala Journal
  2. 2. 3 Dear Friends, Welcome one and all to The Guardian Angels 32nd Gala Dinner, our primary fundraising event held once each year. We are pleased to wish our long-time supporters in attendance tonight, as well as guests less familiar with our organization, an enjoyable and memorable evening. As struggling economic times continue, many communities across the nation have been forced to layoff police, including Oakland, California, and Newark, Camden, and Paterson, New Jersey. In these cities, already high crime rates escalated as a result of recent layoffs. Mayors and police departments in these communities reached out to The Guardian Angels for help, and we have responded in force. We sent seasoned patrols to these areas who are working to help concerned local citizens form their own Guardian Angels chapters. Our goal, as always, is to lend a hand, empowering everyday citizens to help themselves. We also helped curb a dangerous situation in Huntington Station, New York. The city was under siege by gang members - Bloods, Crips, MS13s and Latin Kings. The problem was so grave that the Huntington school board decided to close the Jack Abramson Middle School because of random drive-by shootings and gang fights occurring in and around the school in broad daylight. Never before had a school in the U.S.A. been closed due to the violence out on the streets. The Huntington Housing Authority asked the Guardian Angels to patrol Huntington Station. Working in partnership with the police for several months now, we are bringing about results. Crime and gang violence is down dramatically and the closed school will hopefully reopen in September. We have established a base in the projects there and are running a Junior Guardian Angels Program for area youth on Saturdays. Based on the success in Huntington Station, other towns in Nassau and Suffolk are requesting our assistance. Hollywood, too, has discovered The Guardian Angels. Two popular television series – Glee, and The Office, have featured grassroots groups wearing red berets and red satin jackets in recent months. In Glee, a youth patrol called the Bullywhips walks the school halls, protecting students from bullying, intimidation and harassment. This takeoff gives a nod to the successful anti-bullying programs we have long provided to schools. We continue our good work in Washington Heights-Inwood where our community services center extends programs and assistance to over 500 youth and adults each week. All of our youth programs fall within our Role Model Zone, the comprehensive outreach program we’ve established in communities and our website. We can only continue these programs with you by our side. In the past, you have been generous and we thank you for your support. May we work together to safeguard families and guide youth to turn away from violence and lead productive, contributing lives. Thank you for joining us as we work each day to fulfill our mission.
  3. 3. Providing peaceful solutions to safeguard neighborhoods, schools and cyberspace from bullying, gangs and violence. Empowering individuals, especially at-risk youth, to prioritize academic achievement and become role models for their peers. The Reality Every day, we receive calls and letters from individuals pleading for help to overcome violence in their worlds. These calls only confirm the increases in violence, harassment, and intimidation reported daily in newspapers and research surveys. Bullies, predators, and gangs, in increasing numbers, are creating fear and danger in our communities. The perpetrators lurk in schools, neighborhoods, streets, subways and the Internet. The Dream That all children will enjoy a safe environment in which they can rise to their full potential and develop self-esteem, confidence and pride of accomplishment through a contribution and commitment to society. The Goal To motivate teachers, parents and children to create a safer, more powerful future through our programs focused on personal safety, civic contribution, value development and cyber security. To bring violence prevention programs to schools across America for the benefit of students, families, and teachers. To serve as a resource for training teachers in violence prevention at institutions of higher learning. The Plan Through increased partnership with educational, business, cultural and religious institutions in our communities, we will solidify and expand our pragmatic and positive role model programs. We will expand and enhance our programs focused on personal safety, neighborhood safety, cyberspace safety and civility, with a special emphasis on overcoming social and educational adversity. In concert with our nation’s schools, we will continue our ground-breaking work to develop curricula illustrating and documenting the benefits of violence prevention. 4 Our Mission
  4. 4. 5 Role Models For Over 3 Decades
  5. 5. 6 The Guardian Angels is pleased to recognize our Distinguished Honorees for 2011, who are standing up for the safety of families and children in our communities. Their personal support and generous contributions help our organization to continue and expand our work to keep our streets, subways, schools, neighborhoods, and the Internet safe, through education and the empowerment of individuals. They are truly role models for us all! Join us to Honor our Role Models The Humanitarian Award Dr. Rock Positano Director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service for the Hospital for Special Surgery and Joe DiMaggio Sports Foot & Ankle Center The Guardian Angels “Inspirational Angel” Award Cornelia Zicu Chief Creative Officer, Red Door Spa Holdings, Elizabeth Arden Outstanding Guardian Angel Red Beret Award Rafael A. Alvarez President & CEO, Atax Franchise, Inc.
  6. 6. Dr. Positano is nationally known for his non-surgical approach to the treatment of foot disorders. Dr. Positano is on staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery and currently serves as Director of the Foot Center, Sports Medicine section, at the Orthopedic Trauma Service, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He holds professorial appointments in the Departments of Orthopedics and Medicine and is the Chairman of the Academic Department of Orthopedic Science at NYCPM and the Foot Center of New York. Dr. Positano received his DPM degree from NYCPM, Dr. Positano holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Yale School of Medicine and a Master of Science degree from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. 7 Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH Director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, Director of the Joe DiMaggio Sports Foot and Ankle Center, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) The Humanitarian Award
  7. 7. 8 Cornelia Zicu Chief Creative Officer, Red Door Spa Holdings, Elizabeth Arden The Guardian Angels “Inspirational Angel” Award Cornelia Zicu, Red Door Spas Global Chief Creative Officer, is one of the world’s leading authorities in luxury skin care and day spa treatments. In 2008, Cornelia joined Red Door Spas’ senior management team. As a legendary esthetician and international beauty icon, Cornelia is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative beauty treatments and luxurious spa services for the iconic beauty brand. Cornelia brings a creative vibrancy and unique level of expertise to the brand that makes Red Door Spas a leader and trendsetter within the day spa industry. Cornelia leads the creative development, implementation and training of all Red Door Spas’ estheticians to ensure that only the highest quality of services are met at the 31 Red Door Spas nationwide. Cornelia and her trained staff of estheticians follow a three ‘Wow’ policy. The philosophy is that every guest should say at least three ‘Wows’ during their spa treatment, and if this does not occur, the esthetician should consider what additional attention and care can be made to enhance the experience. Cornelia is, by all definitions of the word, an adoring perfectionist who effortlessly merges time-honored beauty traditions with cutting-edge techniques. Her Romanian roots have given her a wealth of knowledge about natural remedies and secret family beauty recipes. However, her rich heritage represents only one part to her story. Cornelia is also an industry pioneer and visionary when it comes to beauty innovation, always keeping her finger on the pulse of the latest spa technologies, equipment and emerging trends for Red Door Spas. Prior to joining Red Door Spas, Ms. Zicu’s ventures included the Cornelia Day Spa on Fifth Avenue, a haven for Hollywood stars and sophisticated socialites, as well as several high-end beauty lines. Before that, Ms. Zicu was at the Peninsula Hotel Spa in Manhattan, where she quickly became the favorite skin-care expert of the spa’s elite clients.
  8. 8. 9 Rafael A. Alvarez President & CEO, Atax Franchise, Inc. Outstanding Guardian Angel Red Beret Award Rafael Alvarez was born in the City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and from his early age he wanted to be a successful entrepreneur. In 1986, with two hundred ($200) dollars of his saving, one computer and a fax machine he founded AlvarezTax and soon this company became a recognized name in the tax business marketplace. Rafael’s success and recognition in the area of tax preparation came through his well developed expertise in the tax industry. He is a veteran in the tax preparation industry of over twenty four tax years, the co-founder of Atax Software Solutions, Inc. and ATAX Financial Services, LLC a top tax financial advisor to independent businesses. Mr. Alvarez is one of the Pioneers in the IRS Electronic Tax Filing System and his company AlvarezTax has been a very successful business and it has a proven track record of high quality customer services and consistent financial growth. In 2007, Rafael created ATAX Franchise, Inc., the first Nationwide Latino own Franchise in the Tax preparation Industry, which allows replication of the successful business concept developed and refined in the last twenty years. Rafael has assembled a team of some of the most experienced persons in the tax industry with more than 150 years of combined experience to propel the ATAX Franchise business model to the national and international market. In the first four years, Atax Franchise, Inc. had a fantastic growth with over 50 locations in more than seven different states in the nation, over 200 employees and more than 35,000 tax returns. Every year ATAX prepares over 5000 FREE tax returns to Senior Citizens and retired tax payers. Rafael Alvarez is a successful businessman and a proud father of four who is making a positive contribution to our society. He has received various prestigious awards for his philanthropic commitment to help various community causes and organizations.
  9. 9. 10 2010 Previous Honorees The Archangel Pinnacle of Achievement Award Joseph P. Acquavella Co-Managing Partner, Acquavella, Chiarelli, Shuster & Berkower The Guardian Angels Business Leadership Award W. Drew Hawkins Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney The Guardian Angels Exemplary Role Model Award Mario M. Kranjac Founding Partner, Kranjac, Manuali & Viskovic, LLP Outstanding Guardian Angel Red Beret Award Dennis “Super-Stretch” Torres Senior Director, Washington Heights GA Youth Program
  10. 10. 11 2009 Previous Honorees The Archangel Pinnacle of Achievement Award Barry Kaye Best Selling Author, Lecturer and Life Insurance Industry Leader The Guardian Angels Role Model for Real Life Award Wayne Chrebet Wide Receiver, New York Jets 1995-2005 Partner, The Moldaver Group at Morgan Stanley The Guardian Angels Outstanding New Yorker Award Dottie Herman President & CEO, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate Special Tribute to The Guardian Angels Founder Curtis Sliwa CEO and Founder The Guardian Angels The Guardian Angels Ethical Angel Award Larry Kudlow Host, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”
  11. 11. 12 2008 Previous Honorees Archangel Lifetime Leadership Award Recipient Henry Buhl Founder, A.C.E. Programs for the Homeless CyberAngel of the Year Internet Safety Award Recipient Jim Anderson Founder, About.com Chief Technologist & CEO Standard ID Champion for Safety Through Education Award Recipient Howard Szarfarc President, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey Champion for Safety Through Education Award Recipient Joe Di Geso Vice President & General Manager, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey Archangel Outstanding New Yorker Award Recipient Margo Catsimatidis President. MCV Advertising
  12. 12. 13 2007 Previous Honorees Archangel Lifetime Leadership Award Recipient Simon Bergson President & CEO, Manhattan Beer Distributors Champion for Safety through Education Award Recipient I. Dolly Lenz Vice Chairman, Douglas Elliman CyberAngel of the Year Internet Safety Award Recipient Ed Moldaver Senior Managing Director, Bear Stearns Spirit of New York Award Recipient Warner Wolf Sportscaster, WABC-770 AM Archangel Outstanding New Yorker Award Recipient John Catsimatidis Chairman & CEO, Red Apple Group / Gristedes
  13. 13. 14 2006 Previous Honorees Archangel Lifetime Leadership Award Recipient Peter Weedfald Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer Circuit City Dare to Care Award Recipient Sean Hannity National TV and Radio Personality, Co-host of Hannity & Colmes,Fox News Channel Host, WABC-AM’s Sean Hannity Show Richard L Soloway Chairman & CEO, NAPCO Security Systems, Inc. Kristen C. Thompson Jewelry Designer, K.C. Thompson, New York Richard Thompson Entrepreneur Outstanding Family Role Models Award Recipients Champions for Safety Through Education Award Recipients Donna A. Soloway Board Member & Security Publicist, NAPCO Security Systems, Inc
  14. 14. 15 Lifetime Achievement Award Howard Lorber President and CEO, New Valley Corp, and Principle Owner of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Role Model of the Year Award Chad W. Johnson Managing Director, Wachovia Securities Archangel Lifetime Leadership Award David B. Cornstein Chairman New York State Olympic Games, Commission; NYC-OTB; US Vision Corporation; Pinnacle Advisors, Ltd. and Chairman Emeritus, Finlay Enterprises, Inc. Outstanding Leadership Award Matthew Adell President Adellco, LLC Spirit of New York Award Sid Paterson Sid Paterson Advertising Dare to Care Award Ron Hershco Chief Executive Officer, United Homes Spirit of New York Award Joel I. Klein Chancellor, New York City Public Schools 2005 2004 Previous Honorees
  15. 15. Margo and John Catsimatidis Chairman, Red Apple Group Tino Hernandez Chairman, New York Housing Authority Dr. Jonathan & Alexandra Zizmor The Zizmor Foundation Role Model of the Year Rachelle Friedman Co-CEO, J&R Music and Computer World Spirit of New York Award Rabbi Joseph Potasnik President, New York Board of Rabbis Role Model Leadership Award The Men & Women of the U.S. Armed Forces (Accepted by Colonel Stephen Seiter, Commander of the 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard) Lifetime Achievement Award Governor George E. Pataki State of New York 2003 Previous Honorees Guests of Honor 16
  16. 16. Guardian Angel of the Year Award Hon. Michael Bloomberg Mayor of New York City Lifetime Achievement Award Fred Drasner Co-Publisher and CEO, The New York Daily News Leon Temiz Chief Executive Officer, Electronics Expo Sean Hannity Radio & TV talk host James E. Winner, Jr. Founder of Winner International and Chairman of the Board Winner Holdings Company Lifetime Achievement Award Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani Mayor of New York City Guardian Angel of the Year Award Carl C. Icahn Financier John DiDomenico Sole shareholder of Neptune Marketing Technologies, Inc. and Jupiter Payphones, Inc. Betsy Jacobs Vice President of Operations, YMCA of greater New York 2002 2001 2000 Previous Honorees Guests of Honor 17
  17. 17. Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani Mayor of New York City Bruce Morrow WCBS-FM radio disc jockey, known to generations of New York metropolitan area listeners as “Cousin Brucie.” Luis A. Miranda, Jr. President of Miranda Y Mas, Inc. CyberAngels Internet Humanitarian of the Year Gordon Ross C.E.O. and President of Net Nanny Judge Judy Sheindlin Family court judge and television personality 1999 Previous Honorees Guests of Honor 18
  18. 18. 19 In September, we were saddened by the passing of our dear friend and long-time supporter, Jim Winner. Perhaps Jim was best known around the world as the inventor of the popular car antitheft device, “The Club.” But what most people didn’t know is that Jim and his family believed in the concept of “Improve- Don’t Move.” He chose to base his successful company, Winner International, in his beloved hometown of Sharon, PA. When tough economic times ravaged Sharon and the Shenango Valley, the Winner Family hunkered down and invested their money in business development and job creation, benefitting communities throughout Western PA. They bought and restored buildings to better the region. They increased their philanthropic efforts, with donations to charitable organizations, scholarship funds, churches, and schools. Jim’s wife, Donna, and daughter, Karen, embraced and embellished Jim’s favorite causes. In addition to helping communities in PA and Ohio, the Winner Family became supporters of The Guardian Angels. Jim became aware of the Angels mission and good works as a result of working with Mary on an advertising project for The Club when she was at WABC radio in the 1990s. At that time, the Angels’ efforts had cleaned up the Times Square area during an era when crack and crime were major problems in mid-town. When we lost our headquarters because of the rising rents in the area, knowing we’d be homeless within a few days, Jim found out and sent a very generous donation to make sure we would have a home of our own. Over the years, Jim and his family would help spread The Guardian Angels concept wherever they traveled, in PA and Ohio. In the last year, due to their groundwork, we started a chapter in Youngstown. Jim Winner, in short, was the best ambassador that The Guardian Angels has ever had. We are honored to have been a part of Jim Winner’s remarkable life and we will continue to celebrate his legacy of supporting the Guardian Angels. Thank you, Donna and Karen, for all that you have done and continue to do for the Angels. We will never forget Jim’s deeply spiritual, charitable, and warm personality. We are eternally grateful to you, and we will miss him dearly. A Tribute to our Friends, The Winner Family Donna & Jim Karen
  19. 19. 20 Leontina Vaduva is a highly acclaimed French soprano of Romanian origin. With her rich and generous voice, she has given life to some of the great heroines of Opera, including: Micaela in Carmen, Adina in The Elixir of Love, Norina in Don Pasquale, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Eurydice in Orpheo and Eurydice, Marguerite in Faust, Mireille in Mireille, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Blanche de la Force in The Dialogues of Carmelites, Missia Palmeri in The Merry Widow, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lauretta in Gianni Schicci, Mimi in La Boheme, Susanna in The Noces of Figaro, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Violetta in La Traviatta, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo and has sung opposite a number of the world’s most renowned singers such as Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna and José Cura. She received her Diploma at the Academy of Music of Bucharest, and since her premiere of Manon de Massenet at Capitole of Toulouse, Leontina has been invited to perform at world’s most prestigious theaters and festivals with many international orchestras. Notably, she has received ovations at: Paris – Bastille, London – Covent Garden, Milan – Teatro de la Scala, Vienna – Staatsoper, New York – Metropolitan Opera and also at Florence, Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Tokyo. Leontina is featured in numerous full-length recordings, including: La Boheme with Antonio Pappano, Rigoletto with Carlo Rizzi, The Tales of Hoffmann with Kent Nagano, Carmen with Alain Lombard (which received the recording of the year in France). She is also featured compilations – ‘Opera Arias’ Conducted by Placido Domingo, and videos – Romeo and Juliette with Roberto Alagna, Carmen conducted by Zubin Mehta. Leontina has been awarded several first prizes in prestigious international competitions of song. She has conducted Master Classes in: The Bucharest National Opera, The Baltimore Lyrique Opera, The Istanbul Music Conservatory, Colmar, Lagraulet Festival , Santander Spain, Toulouse Music Conservatory, and Paris Music Conservatory, and Geneva Haut Ecole de Musique. In addition, her artistic qualities and contributions have acknowledged in France with the Medaille of the City of Toulouse, the Officer de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ; in the United Kingdom by the Sir Laurence Olivier Awards as The Most Outstanding Opera Performance, and by The Royal Philharmonic Awards for The Most Outstanding Operatic Debut ; in Romania she received the title of Grand Officer in The Order of Music and Culture. Leontina Vaduva Acclaimed Romanian Soprano Thank you for your generous gift of entertaining us tonight!
  20. 20. Community Safety Patrols • The heart and soul of The Guardian Angels since 1979. • Comprised of volunteers who patrol streets, subways, neighborhoods, and community events to safeguard citizens of all ages. • Community services include graffiti paint-outs, park reclamation, first aid, self defense and safety seminars for vulnerable populations, and emergency responders. Educational Programs and Community Involvement • NYCDOE Contracted Vendor since 2006. • The Angels provide Student Support Services to students, professional development programs to educators, and programs for parents and community members. Topics include bullying, gangs, cyberbullying, youth violence, leadership, conflict resolution and school pride assemblies. The Guardian Angels Role Model Zone • Assemblies and workshops are conducted in schools that focus on Positive Peer Pressure, Conflict Resolution, and Antibullying. Through these programs, youth learn about alternatives to joining gangs, controlling anger, understanding how arguments and substance abuse can turn into violence, and the key role of kindness, understanding and forgiveness in reducing bullying and cyberbullying. RMZ serves to elicit safety consciousness within the school community. • The Guardian Angels certifies New York educators at St. John’s University in youth violence prevention with a program that meets the requirements of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) Act. CyberAngels Internet Safety Education Program • Web-based information and resources for educators, caregivers, and children to help establish and maintain a safe online environment for everyone. The Guardian Angels Programs Mary, Please accept my sincere gratitude for helping to facilitate the process of our initial meeting. The Paterson Public Safety Coalition met as scheduled. I trust that future meetings will yield the desired outcome that will help to increase the sense of security in our community that will enable my students to not feel the tangible effects of violence. This threat to their safety, be it real or perceived, is felt on a daily basis. Thank you so much for your hard work and your partnership with Curtis in serving our community! Carlene Anderson, 3rd Grade Teacher, PS # 12 Paterson, NJ Dear Mary and Curtis, Thank you so much for your visit, it meant lives saved. Rose Kerr, Principal, Staten Island School for Civic Leadership
  21. 21. 22 Junior Angels Veteran’s Day Parade 2010 Junior Angels Fall Field Trip 2010 Hashim Brings Role Model Program to Brooklyn Schools Hashim Garrett, Role Model Zone Manager, Interviewed by FoxTV Washington Heights Martial Arts Award Winner Melissa (w/ Curtis)
  22. 22. 23 Junior Guardian Angels The Junior Guardian Angels, our early prevention program for children from 7 to 11, teaches values and instills a sense of purpose. With so much peer pressure to choose violence as a means of resolving disputes, this program exerts a strong, positive influence on the child’s development. It teaches each child how to make “correct” choices, and helps them to recognize that they have talents and interests that are of value. The program uses a variety of teaching tools - from art projects and puppets to workshops with community leaders, police and fire departments - all of which foster an appreciation and respect for each child’s neighborhood. The youngsters develop self-esteem through role-playing, verbal defense skills, and community projects that give them a sense of purpose. Children have participated through Junior Guardian After-School Club Programs, including programs administered through the YMCA of Greater New York. Recent grants by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development have furthered delivering these life- shaping programs to today’s youth. Urban Guardian Angels Urban Guardian Angels, for teens 12 to 16, provides an alternative to gangs and drugs through a supportive club environment dedicated to community service and personal responsibility. Our program has been adapted to work through the New York City Public School System, the YMCA of Greater New York, and the New York Housing Authority as well as in other Guardian Angels chapters, such as Washington D.C. Within the school system, teens are recommended by teachers and principals. The program focuses on those who need to improve attendance or behavior, or who face other adjustment challenges. It also provides structured weekend recreational activities that combine fun with education and the challenges of group dynamics. Many participants have successfully turned away from the lure of drugs and gang life to become role models for their peers and local community. To date, the Urban Angels have serviced 1,200 teens and preteens in crime and violence prevention education, as well as character- building education. In addition, participants in these programs have provided community service in the form of approximately 50 service-related projects linked to community safety. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, eight scholarships have been awarded to our achievers! Role Model Zone
  23. 23. 24 GuardianAngels.org Welcome to the NEW GuardianAngels.com website! Surf on over and click through our newly designed site to find out more information about our organization. Learn about our history and programs. Read current news articles and watch the latest videos. You can locate a chapter near you or how to start a chapter in your area. On the website you’ll find more ways to support The Guardian Angels through online donations and purchasing “Guardian Angels Gear”.
  24. 24. 25 Thank you to Katya Gifford and Anthony de Araujo, CyberAngels Program Consultants for all these years! In 1979, Curtis Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels to protect New Yorkers from the immediate dangers facing them on the streets and in the subways every day. Sixteen years later, in 1995, citizens called for assistance to deal with a new set of threats—cyber threats. The danger no longer stops at our doorsteps; children are vulnerable to online predation that can be difficult to detect and stop. The Guardian Angels responded to citizens’ pleas by launching CyberAngels. CyberAngels offers guidance in matters of internet security, cyberbullying, and online safety. Volunteers respond to individuals’ requests for help in potentially dangerous situations, and reach out into the community to educate children and adults alike. When Mary Sliwa joined the Guardian Angels in 1996, she took charge of the nascent CyberAngels and shaped it into the community-oriented safety program it is today. In 1998, under her direction, CyberAngels debuted in Washington, DC at the “Focus on Children: Internet Safety” summit, where it earned recognition from President Bill Clinton. Clinton bestowed the Presidential Service Award on the organization for its positive impact on the community. Anthony and Katya have been the Program Managers of the CyberAngels program since 2002. Under their leadership, the CyberAngels continue to provide a safe virtual playground for our children. Leading authorities on Internet safety, security, and support, they extend the Guardian Angels’ mission into cyberspace and ensure that the Angels’ name remains synonymous with “Safety.” 2011 Marks 16th Anniversary of CyberAngels. GuardianAngels.org
  25. 25. 26 Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying Don’t respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Who wants to empower a bully? Don’t retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and reinforces the bully’s behavior. Help avoid a whole cycle of aggression. Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate. Talk to a trusted adult. You deserve backup. It’s always good to involve a parent but - if you can’t - a school counselor usually knows how to help. Sometimes both are needed. If you’re really nervous about saying something, see if there’s a way to report the incident anonymously at school. Block the bully. If the harassment’s coming in the form of instant messages, texts, or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block the person. If it’s in chat, leave the “room.” Be civil. Even if you don’t like someone, it’s a good idea to be decent and not sink to the other person’s level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking others increases your risk of being bullied. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Don’t be a bully. How would you feel if someone harassed you? You know the old saying about walking a mile in someone’s shoes; even a few seconds of thinking about how another person might feel can put a big damper on aggression. That’s needed in this world. Be a friend, not a bystander. Watching or forwarding mean messages empowers bullies and hurts victims even more. If you can, tell bullies to stop or let them know harassment makes people look stupid and mean. It’s time to let bullies know their behavior is unacceptable - cruel abuse of fellow human beings. If you can’t stop the bully, at least try to help the victim and report the behavior. Role Model Zone Handouts
  26. 26. 27 Role Model Zone Handouts A Parent’s Quick Reference Card Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement This quick reference guide provides common warning signs of gang involvement, but may not be all-encompassing. Parents should look for multiple signs to indicate possible gang involvement because some of these indicators alone, such as clothes or musical preferences, are also common among youth not involved in gangs. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with local gang symbols, seek help early, and consider contacting school personnel, local law enforcement, faith leaders, and community organizations for additional assistance. Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Involved with a Gang • Admits to “hanging out”with kids in gangs • Shows an unusual interest in one or two particular colors of clothing or a particular logo • Has an unusual interest in gangster-influenced music, videos, movies, or websites. • Uses unusual hand signals to communicate with friends • Has specific drawings or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls, or tattoos • Comes home with unexplained physical injuries (fighting- related bruises, injuries to hand/ knuckles) • Has unexplained cash or goods, such as clothing or jewelry • Carries a weapon • Has been in trouble with the police • Exhibits negative changes in behavior such as: – Withdrawing from family – Declining school attendance, performance, behavior – Staying out late without reason – Displaying an unusual desire for secrecy – Exhibiting signs of drug use – Breaking rules consistently – Speaking in gang-style slang
  27. 27. 28 The Early Days First Guardian Angels Safety book , published in 1982 The Guardian Angels grass roots philosophy Recycling was a favorite pastime for Curtis President Nixon congratulates Curtis as “Newspaper Boy of the Year”
  28. 28. 29 Curtis Sylvester Stallone Curtis receives the key to the City from Mayor Bloomberg (2009) Historic Moments Tony Hseih, Founder of Zappos.com and former Guardian Angel. Proclamation presentation by Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Curtis with his Mom and Dad Curtis, ringing the closing bell with Ed Moldaver and Mary
  29. 29. Essex C.O.P. Walk The Guardian Angels organize Baltimore Counties first Citizen on Patrol walk in Essex MD. The Baltimore City police surprised the Angels by crossing jurisdictions joined the walk to show the cities support for the Angels. Strider - On the Panel of Amplify Baltimore movement to improve the city. Baltimore, D.C. and Curtis Sliwa in Richmond for the celebration. The Angels walk through Richmond with who is now the Richmond Chapter Commander Jo White. (center) Events from Around the Country... 30
  30. 30. Ipanema, Brazil Safety Patrol Brazil’s bike patrols in Rio Junior Guardian Angels in Mexico CitySan Jose Chapter Holiday Toy Drive ...and Around the World Disaster preparedness in the Philippines 31
  31. 31. 32 The Guardian Angels are Grateful for our Dedicated Supporters Curtis Robert J. Frey Margo, John John Jr. Catsimatidis Richard Donna Soloway with Tomaczek Barry Carole Kaye Wayne Chrebet and Ed Moldaver with Curtis The Kranjac Family Henry Buhl, Sandra Sanchez, Anthony Buhl
  32. 32. 33 Paul Carlucci (Publisher of The New York Post), Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Honoree Carl Icahn, Curtis, Regis Philbin, Leon Temiz (GA Board Member) Simon Stefany Bergson Peter FrancesAnn Weedfald Robert Kathy Frey Margo Catsimatidis Veronica KelleyJoey Reynolds and Police Commissioner Ray Kelley
  33. 33. 34 Honoree Joseph Acquavella his wife Arlene with Curtis Vampiro with Chester Francesca Sliwa Mark Simone Rita Cosby Laura Pete Tufano Curtis with honoree Drew HawkinsDenise Suriano Paul Clolery Ed Evie MoldaverCurtis with honoree Mario Kranjac
  34. 34. 35 General Manager Sean O’Neil (on right), with the AM970 The Apple crew Kathy Frey (2nd from left) and friends Patti Page, Susan O’Leary, Diane Gattullo, Tam St. Armand, Joey Reynolds, Steve Gattullo, Tara Weedfald Anthony Cynthia Maltese Shelley Goldberg Jim Strong Curtis with Mia Hashim Garrett
  35. 35. 36 Elisha Eric Krauss Rabbi Joe Potasnik Helaine Rizzo Dolly Lenz, Ed Moldaver, and Irena Holiat Mary Curtis Sliwa
  36. 36. 59 Board of Trustees Chairman - Robert J. Frey Henry Buhl John A. Catsimatidis Margo Catsimatidis Paul Clolery John DiDomenico Mario M. Kranjac, Esq. Ed Moldaver Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Curtis Sliwa Mary Sliwa Donna Soloway Leon Temiz Laura Tufano Peter Weedfald Gala Dinner Chairs Simon Bergson Rita Cosby Ed Moldaver Donna Richard Soloway Todd Walter Committee Susie Roth Beerman Steven Diane Gattullo Katya Gifford Shelley Goldberg Lisa Hagen Rebecca Lieberman Evie Moldaver Cristyne Nicholas Susan O’Leary Patti Page Helaine Rizzo Sylvia Roth Angels Thank You for being our TM The Guardian Angels 982 East 89th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236 www.GuardianAngels.org www.CyberAngels.org

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