NYLPRW, INC. ANNOUNCES A NEW PRESIDENT
On May 2, 2014, the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. announced that its longtime leader, Edith Padilla has stepped down from her role as President of the League. Ms. Dara Lustgarten, co-founder and former League Vice-President since its inception 6 years ago, is the new President. She will fulfill her role and responsibility as per the League’s mission and by-laws. Rosalind Reyes-Medina, co-founder of the League, will continue as Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Lustgarten holds a Master of Science degree in Sports Business from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. For the past 5 years, she has been a Counselor Advocate/School Liaison at the Community League of the Heights in New York. Prior to her current position, Ms. Lustgarten served for 3 years as Youth Program Marketing & Sponsorship Specialist at New Heights Youth, Inc., and as Program Development Specialist at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc., the Board of Directors thanks Ms. Padilla for her many contributions and dedication to the organization over the last 6 years. Ms. Padilla helped shape the League into the well-known organization that it is today. Under the experienced direction of Ms. Lustgarten, the League is confident that it will continue to build on its already strong position in the community, as the leading Puerto Rican women’s organization in the region.
We are also proud to announce that the League made history by being the very first Puerto Rican/Hispanic women’s organization to be recognized and honored by the New York Yankees. The League was presented with their 2011, 2012 and 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Award In Education, in an on-field ceremony at Yankee Stadium. This recognition of the League, underscores our commitment to the League’s mission to assist Puerto Rican women in their quest to obtain a college degree.
The League’s focus is on the Puerto Rican woman and her ability to provide a better life for herself and her family through higher education. The League strives to offer, annually, College Awards of $1,000.00 each to Puerto Rican undergraduate women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community.
We do this by depending solely on the support and generosity of the community, since we do not receive any government grants. Our goal is to increase the number of College Award recipients each year. In order to do so, we look to the generosity of our friends, members, supporters, contributors and sponsors to accomplish this goal. The League asks that you spread the word throughout the community about our College Awards Program so that all eligible students can apply. At the League’s College Awards Gala Dinner Dance held at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx, we continue to uphold our tradition by providing financial aid to a record ten Puerto Rican women in support of their higher education.
We welcome you to explore our website for information on past College Award recipients, Gala Dinner Dances, and the Sponsorship/Donation Form and College Award Application Form, both of which can be downloaded. We encourage you to join the League in support of our College Awards Program, as a Member, Sponsor and/or Donor and to participate in our activities. No contribution is too small.
We trust that you will continue to be one of our loyal supporters, and please accept our heartfelt thanks for your gracious generosity.
Dara Lustgarten, President