NYLPRW, INC. ANNOUNCES A NEW PRESIDENT
On May 2, 2014, Ms. Dara Lustgarten, co-founder and former League Vice President since its inception in 2008, became the new President of the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. 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.
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, 2013 and 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Award In Education, in on-field ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. This recognition of the League, underscores our commitment to the League’s mission to empower Puerto Rican women through higher education.
The League’s focus is on the Puerto Rican woman and her ability to provide a better life for herself and her family by obtaining a college degree. 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 Presentation Brunch, held this October, we continue to uphold our tradition by providing financial aid to a record 16 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 / Contribution 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 Contributor, 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