Wednesday evening, the Heights and Hill Community Council held its annual benefit event at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims. Honorees at the event were City Councilman David Yassky (shown above with Eliza Rossman, President of the Council’s Board) and the Heights and Hill Handicrafters. Yassky was honored “for his dedication to his constituency and for his special attention to the needs of the aging community.” The Handicrafters, consisting of Shirley Kramaroff, Audrey Day, Josaphine Quinones, Mary Mullen, Marie Perez, and Gert Trotz, received the Mary Ellen Critchlow Volunteer Award for “knitting and crocheting for those in need.”
Heights and Hill, which marks its 37th anniversary this year, “is the leading provider of social services to seniors in brownstone Brooklyn.” Its mission is to help the elderly, in particular “the frail and home-bound”, remain in their communities by providing basic services such as meals-on-heels, transportation, and caregivers, as well as quality of life enhancements such as lecture series and socialization opportunities. Under a recently concluded contract with the City’s Department of the Aging, Heights and Hill is expanding its case management services beyond its traditional base of the Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, to Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and East Flatbush.
The event featured a silent auction of goods and services donated by local residents and merchants, and a raffle in which first prize was a “Grand Brooklyn Dine Around” including dinner certificates from Saul, Queen and Noodle Pudding, and second and third prizes were Mother’s Day bouquets from Floral Heights and Seaport Flowers. Music was provided by pianist Scott Gordon, who can be seen in the background of the photo above.
The small palm tree that can be seen beyond Councilman Yassky’s left shoulder was presented to him by Heights and Hill. We can only wonder if he’s ever seen Mister Roberts.