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York College Foundation Dinner

Where Dreams Take Flight April 23, 2020 TWA Hotel JFK Airport

On April 15, 2021, the York College Foundation Dinner will honor York College Professor Emerita Elena Borstein, Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake Pastor of The Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens, and  Christopher Roker, Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.

The student body at York College reflects the amazing diversity of our country and Queens. The majority of our 8,000+ students are the first members of their families to earn a college degree, and nearly half are foreign-born, hailing from at least 125 different countries and speaking over 80 languages. Roughly 37 percent live in households earning less than $20,000 per year, and almost 80 percent require financial assistance.

Proceeds from the 2021 York College Foundation Dinner will support our mission and strategic initiatives. With our distinguished faculty and strong pre-professional programs, we foster a small-college atmosphere, which emphasizes individualized attention. We motivate our undergraduates to succeed in their respective majors while preparing them with the proper resources to recognize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and citizens. We want to continue to grow innovative, holistic programs that enrich their lives and enable them to graduate as ambitious, progressive learners. Our aim is to increase access and accelerate success for all students. Your support can make a difference. Together, "We are ONE York!"

Our goal is to raise $300,000 for strategic initiatives that support undergraduate success, enhance signature programs, and support a vibrant community and campus spirit. Your gift can help us implement innovative programs while honoring Elena Bornstein, Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake, and Chris Roker for their commitment to York and the Queens community.

Master of Ceremony - WABC TV's own Lauren Glassberg

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Lauren Glassberg is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has been a member of the Eyewitness News Team since 2000. She is a fill-in anchor on all newscasts and a feature reporter. Her restaurant segments, called Neighborhood Eats, air most Fridays during the 5 pm News and you can catch them in the back of taxis.

Before coming to WABC TV, she anchored and reported at stations in Minneapolis, Akron, and Little Rock. But she got her start in journalism as a teenager, reporting for the "Main Street Wire", the newspaper on Roosevelt Island, NY, where she grew up.


see document or text tab to read this pageElena Borstein

is a contemporary, award-winning, NYC artist who is a Professor Emerita of York College. She currently lives and works in New York City and the Adirondack Mountains. Borstein’s work is included in numerous major collections including, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; and the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ. Her work has also been in many solo and group exhibitions both in this country and abroad. Borstein is the recipient of a Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Picture of Floyd FlakeReverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake

is the senior pastor of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens. Under Flake’s leadership, the church’s membership has grown to more than 23,000, and has become one of the United States’ largest non-profit corporations and the second-largest African American employer in New York City. Rev. Flake was elected and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1986-97 representing the sixth New York Congressional District, which included Jamaica, Queens and most of its surrounding neighborhoods.

Headshot of Christopher RokerChristopher Roker MBA

a native son of Saint Albans, Queens was recently appointed CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and serves as the health system’s chief growth officer. Mr. Roker has more than twenty years of healthcare experience with an extensive background in operations, maximizing revenue, enhancing patient services, and increasing profitability and performance. He holds a B.A from the State University of New York at Oswego, an MBA from Pace University, Certificate – Healthcare Leadership Advancement from Cornell University, and completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare.

Our 2020 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Colonial Consulting
(Angela Matheny)

*Sanjiv Sharma ($20K)
(Lori Bassin)

Gold Sponsors

(Elizabeth Segal)

Silver Sponsors

Dominick & Rose Ciampa Foundation Inc.
(Joseph Ciampa)

Fairview Capital
(Michele A. Chow-Tai)

Resorts World Casino - New York City
(Michelle Stoddart)

Red Cardinal Sponsors

Academy of Aviation
(Chris Hsu)

National Grid
(Juan Santiago)

Angelica Prescod


Give By Mail or Phone

To make a gift by mail:

Fill out the Donation Form with the Gift Designation completed and mail it in with your check or credit card information to :

York College / The City University of New York
Office of Institutional Advancement 
STE: AC-2H03
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 
Jamaica, NY 11451

To make a gift by phone:

Call 718-262-3810