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ICL Honors Leaders in Behavioral Health & Launches East New York Hub

On Thursday evening at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, friends and supporters of ICL (Institute for Community Living) came together to celebrate ICL’s 31-year commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities. This year’s gala paid special tribute to Builders of the Future honoring the team responsible for translating ICL’s vision for an integrated health hub into reality.

Rafael Espinal, NYC Council Member and winner of ICL’s Spirit of Advocacy Award, and Dr. Constance Silver, winner of ICL’s Visionary Leadership Award

The annual gala supports enhancement of ICL’s work with some 10,000 New Yorkers in transitional and supportive housing, counseling, rehabilitation, and other support services. The evening’s honorees included Dr. Constance Silver (Visionary Leadership Award), Lamb Insurance Services (Corporate Citizenship Award), Dr. Sabina Lim (Health Care Innovators Award) and Council Member Rafael Espinal (Spirit of Advocacy Award).

Builders of the Future were featured in a video on the Integrated Health Hub that will open later this year in the heart of East New York. This comprehensive health, mental health, and community service center was designed to address the significant health disparities East New York has endured for generations.

(L to R) Martin Silver; Dr. Constance Silver, winner of ICL’s Visionary Leadership Award; Andrew D. Hamilton, President of NYU

“It was a moving evening, honoring community leaders and visionaries whose work improves peoples’ lives,” said David Woodlock, CEO ICL. “I’m thrilled with the support and enthusiasm we’ve received for our work, particularly on the Integrated Health Hub. There was an incredible celebratory energy in the room. I want to thank all of our amazing honorees tonight for their support of our mission and for their tireless advocacy on behalf of marginalized communities.”

ICL paid special tribute to Connie Silver, dedicated social worker, acclaimed artist, and philanthropist, who received ICL’s Visionary Leadership Award. Among those celebrating Connie was Andrew Hamilton, President of NYU. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James presented the award, acknowledging Connie’s brave fight on behalf of New York’s most vulnerable populations.

Connie’s transformative philanthropy led to the creation of the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research that partners with organizations like ICL to address systemic inequality and economic disparities that lead to intractable poverty.

Josh Lamberg, CEO of Lamb Insurance Services, accepted the Corporate Citizenship Award. “Our company strives to support social service institutions doing critical work in our communities. We are proud to partner with ICL, an organization that has always met the challenge of providing incredibly difficult but important services. We are grateful for this recognition,” he said in his acceptance remarks.