2000-12-16 / Columnists

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Reflecting On 20 Years Of Service

Congratulations to Kathleen Riddle, the president of Outreach Project, on her successful 20-year leadership of an outstanding organization devoted to care, commitment and community. Through her efforts and that of her team of officers and staff of Outreach she has made a big difference in the lives of those affected by alcohol and drug abuse.  As Kathy Riddle states, Outreach has been able to make "miracles happen" for children, adolescents and families whose lives have been shattered by substance abuse.  Tens of thousands of individuals have come to Outreach looking for a new start and a brighter future.  

Kathy Riddle is a dynamic, focused, energetic and capable leader who is constantly expanding services to the community.  Currently, Outreach is opening a group home in Flushing for adolescent girls between the ages of eight and 15 years of age where they will receive short-term residential care. Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic district leader, serves as a member of the board of directors of Outreach Project.  She continues her efforts to improve the lives of those affected by substance abuse.

In addition, Outreach is starting a new program in Greenpoint / Williamsburg where they will be opening a drug and alcohol education program which will be offered free to the community.  This unique undertaking is being underwritten by a federal grant in order to alert the community to the problems of substance abuse. It is expected that this will eventually lead to the opening of an alcoholism center in the Greenpoint / Williamsburg section which will offer teen age and adult counseling programs in three languages - English, Polish and Spanish.

Paul O'Brien from the Building Contractors Association chaired the 2000 luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel. More than 600 people were in attendance.  New York City District Council of Carpenters were the underwriters for the luncheon thereby allowing all the monies raised at the luncheon to be used to continue to service clients who have substance abuse problems.  Compliments go to the New York City District Council of Carpenters and other trade unions and affiliates for supporting and embracing this worthy cause.

Outreach Project honored three individuals at this luncheon: James F. Berg, Christopher Komisarjevsky and Peter Ward.  They are honored for their contribution and commitment to helping Outreach continue to "Build Healthy Lives for Children and Families."

James Berg is a graduate of St. John's University School of Law and Fordham University. Since 1984 he has served as the chief executive officer of the Advisory Board on Labor Relations.  He oversees all facets of labor relations.  He is a trustee of the benefit plans under the agreement with Local 32B and 32J and the Engineers Agreement with Local 94.

Christopher Komisarjevsky is the president and chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller Worldwide. Christopher had been the president and chief executive officer at Gaven Anderson and Co., a public relations subsidiary of Omnicon, where he was responsible for the firms US operations prior to 1995.

In 1996, Mr. Komisarjevsky was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  He is a graduate of Warton School and served in the US Army as a captain, helicopter pilot, instructor pilot and flight commander.  He saw combat service in Vietnam.

Peter Ward is the president of the Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, an affiliation of nine unions representing 25,000 New York City hotel employees.  Peter is also the business manager and chief executive officer of the Hotel, Restaurant and Club Employees and Bartenders Union Local 6, the largest union in the Hotel Trades Council and is a vice president of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union with more than 300,000 members in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.  Mr. Ward was named Man of the Year by the State of Israel Bonds in 1992 and in 1998 received the Irish Labor Coalition top award for his outstanding contributions to the American labor movement and for the cause of Irish freedom.  In 1999, he received the New York City Central Labor Councils highest award for his endeavors on behalf of the labor movement.

Outreach Projects new and expanded facility on Myrtle avenue in Queens is the main headquarters.  It provides extensive services to the community as it works to build healthy lives for children and families.  It is important that this valuable community service continues and flourishes.  


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