Friday, March 26, 2010

Sinergia Celebrates Move to East Harlem By Honoring 5 Latina Leaders

Sinergia, Inc., who for 33 years has provided service and support to individuals with disabilities and their families, is celebrating their move to East Harlem with a ribbon cutting ceremony and honoree reception at their new offices.

As Sinergia embarks on a new phase in their new home in "El Barrio," we wish to mark the occasion by inviting the press, local dignitaries and community members to a very special event honoring the uniqueness of the Latin culture, the resilience of the people they serve and the communities that sustain them.

We have chosen this opportunity to shine the spotlight on five of the most talented and accomplished Latina leaders - extraordinary, trailblazing women who've helped shape our community with their powerful voices, their brilliant minds, and their generous hearts. Melissa Mark Viverito, NYC Council member for the topmost part of the Upper Manhattan, will be joining Sinergia's Executive Director, Myrta Cuadra-Lash, in doing the honors.

"I grew up in East Harlem and this community has played a very special role in my life," says Ms. Cuadra-Lash. "It is very significant that Sinergia, an organization I cofounded over three decades ago, has finally come home at last. Over the years many of the children and adults with disabilities and their families who came to us for services were from East Harlem and the upper reaches of Manhattan. It is very gratifying that we are now able to provide them with services in their home community. The Board of directors of Sinergia and staff have poured their hearts into creating this beautiful, warm place of solace and services to those individuals with disabilities and their families and we are so proud to have them join us in a very joyful community celebration of our new home," she adds.

Marta Moreno Vega, Founder & President, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Alice Cardona, Political activist
Yolanda Sanchez, Executive Dir., Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA)
Zenaida Mendez, Dir. External Affairs, MNN
Gloria Quiñones, Community leader

Sinergia's new reception areas on the 3rd & 4th floors of 2082 Lexington Avenue have become a gallery space which will showcase the rich, cultural and artistic heritage of Latin America and will celebrate artists with disabilities as well as community artists. The inaugural exhibit is featuring 28 pieces by Samuel Lind, a noted Puerto Rican artist and will be on view until the end of April.
(See recent blog post for more info)

Join us in celebrating...

Our New Home: East Harlem-The cradle of the Puerto Rican migration

2082 Lexington Avenue (between 125th & 126th Streets)

Our People: Latina Women of Excellence

Alice Cardona
Yolanda Sanchez
Marta Moreno Vega
Gloria Quiñonez
Zenaida Mendez

Our Art & Culture: Art Exhibit


 vegigantesA Retrospective of the Work of Samuel Lind, a Puerto Rican artist concerned with the well-being of his community, the preservation of the environment and the chronicling of the African Experience in Puerto Rico.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: 2082 Lexington Avenue, 4th floor (between 125th & 126th Streets; #6 train to 125th Street)

3:00pm Exhibit opening
4:00pm Tour of facility/press
5:00pm Ribbon Cutting by Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito & Honoree Reception

RSVP: Carmina Pérez 212-650-0226,

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