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On June 9th, the Project YESS Leadership Committee of Inner-City Scholarship Fund celebrated its 10th Anniversary at Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock. Students from Incarnation Elementary School cheerfully greeted 300 guests as they arrived on the 67th floor of the storied building for the monumental event. The evening perfectly unfolded as guests mingled to the tunes of a live jazz band while also taking part in a silent auction and raffle. Presentations were kicked off by Project YESS Leadership Committee Co-Chair Tom Madden as he welcomed Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, who in turn thanked the committee for funding inner-city schools and for giving students a safe, warm and uplifting place to learn. Adding to the program with a special acknowledgment speech was Edward Cardinal Egan graciously admitting to having coined the term "Project YESS does windows" further stating that he believed only a special person would understand just how windows could positively impact a whole community. Project YESS Founders Tom Quick, Tom Madden, Mark Rossi, Carla Romita and Lee Spelman-Dody then joined Cardinal Egan at the podium as they were honored for making a difference in the lives of thousands of students over the past ten years.
The event raised nearly $80,000 to support projects at 15 schools this year. The Project YESS Leadership Committee has been raising money to disburse grants to inner-city elementary schools in need of capital improvements and repairs since 1998. These repairs range from installing improved lighting, to fixing broken windows and upgrading security systems, all of which help support the viability of every school. We sincerely thank the Project YESS Leadership Committee for all it does for the inner-city children and schools of the Archdiocese of New York.
Please visit the Project YESS page on the Inner-City Scholarship Fund website to view pictures of the Project YESS 10th Anniversary Reception at the Top of the Rock: www.icsf-nyc.org/projectyess.html
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