Assembly Member Nick Perry and the Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project Founder Mark Meyer Appel were the top two of several honorees Sunday night at the Making the Impossible Possible (MIPO) Annual Hall of Fame Gala 2016 Sunday at 26 Bridge Street in DUMBO.
MIPO, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the quality of life of immigrant youth and their families, residing in the New York metropolitan area through a variety of activities.
The lavish event featured dinner and an excellent Artistique Sound Band, fronted by the magnanimous Felina Backer, who is also the founder of MIPO. The gala also featured performances by the Balmir Latin Dance Studio, a fashion show and arts and crafts.
Among the officials in attendance were Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assembly Member Diana Richardson and City Councilman Jumaane Williams. The MC for the night was Assembly Member Michael Blake from the Bronx.
Perry, a 24-year incumbent is a decorated U.S. Army veteran, who was born and raised in Jamaica. Besides his duties in the assembly, Perry is the chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian legislative Caucus.
Appel, whose parents were in the Holocaust, has dedicated his life to public service, and has been a tireless champion for the rights of children and families in communities throughout the city. His Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project provides a Flatbush space where all peoples of all races and religions can work and advocate together as one people.