CELEBRATING BROWNSVILLE’S RESILIENCE AFTER DEADLY SHOOTING

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Felix
Y. Manalo Foundation, Inc. Honors 10 Local Organizations in New York

AUGUST 12 (NEW YORK) – Less than two weeks since a deadly shooting in the Brownsville
neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, Inc. and the local
community came together for an Aid to
Humanity
event on August 11 to celebrate Brownsville’s resiliency in the
face of hardship, to serve the residents with basic needs, and to honor ten
local organizations who are making strides in their respective fields.

Each
organization honored at the event each received a $10,000 donation from the FYM
Foundation. Included among them are: Elite Learners, Brownsville
Think Tank Matters
, The Campaign Against Hunger, Victory
Music and Dance
, NIA Theatrical Production Company, Pitkin Avenue
Business Improvement District
, Isabahlia
Ladies of Excellence Foundation
, Little Bro NY, Men Elevating Leadership and
the 73rd Precinct Council.

Shutting
down Hegeman St. from Powell St. to Christopher Ave., the street adjacent to
the Brownsville Recreation Center was turned into
an open-air 600-seater gathering place. Over 850 residents registered for the
event (on-site attendance is estimated to have been over 2,000 persons) and
were welcomed to goodwill bags containing basic hygiene items and canned goods.
Their faces lit up with a hope that had been rare in Brownsville recently.

Barry
Cooper of Little Bro NY, an organization dedicated to mentoring boys and young
men of color in the Brooklyn area, expressed his thanks to “the great
people of FYM Foundation for seeing my hard work and dedication, what a blessed
day!”  Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel acknowledged that it has been such a short time
since the mass shooting, but that there are still “beautiful human beings” in her district.

Among
the notable guests were Brooklyn’s 41st District Council Member Alicka
Ampry-Samuel, 19th Senatorial District’s Community Liaison Jennifer
Viechweg-Horsford, Representative of New York City Mayor’s Office Jamila Fynes,
and the Philippine Consulate’s Consul General Claro Cristobal.

On
the path to recovery, Brownsville has found comfort in the overwhelming support
of the FYM Foundation, a socio-civic platform of the Iglesia Ni Cristo
(Church Of Christ)
– which has a congregation in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn. The
Aid to Humanity event series recently toured Canada, serving thousands and assisting 36 local organizations. Other
current projects include eco-farming in Africa and the distribution of
basic supplies to residents of favelas
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
. Volunteers of the foundation have also
offered relief aid in the aftermath of natural calamities, such as hurricanes and earthquakes in the Philippines
and other disaster stricken areas.

This
is the first location of a series of eight across the United States during the
month of August for the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation. The next event will be in Maryland on Monday August 12th, followed by
Seattle, Washington on August 14th.

As a result of this
event in Brownsville, the FYM Foundation and the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of
Christ) look forward to working together with Brownsville in future socio-civic
endeavors.

For more about the
Church and its activities, please visit www.iglesianicristo.net.

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An attendee cheering for one of the ten local organizations who were honored at the
An attendee cheering for one of the ten local organizations who were honored at the
Hegeman St., in Brownsville filled with seats and residents to attend the Aid to Humanity event.
Brother Glicerio B. Santos Jr., General Auditor of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and representative of the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation presenting Little Bro NY with a donation of $10,000
Brother Glicerio B. Santos Jr., General Auditor of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and representative of the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation presenting Little Bro NY with a donation of $10,000
Consul General of the Philippine Consulate, Claro Cristobal, addressing the crowd outside the Brownsville Recreation Center.
Consul General of the Philippine Consulate, Claro Cristobal, addressing the crowd outside the Brownsville Recreation Center.
Some of the local organizations which received donations at the FYM Foundation’s Aid to Humanity event in Brownsville.
Some of the local organizations which received donations at the FYM Foundation’s Aid to Humanity event in Brownsville.
Residents of Brownsville collecting their free goodwill bags containing hygiene items and canned goods.
Residents of Brownsville at the FYM Foundation’s Aid to Humanity event.
Residents of Brownsville at the FYM Foundation’s Aid to Humanity event.

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