September 27, 2018
Contact: Mitchell Slepian
For Immediate Release
ELEM Youth in Distress in Israel today honored Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary with ELEM’s 2018 Lifesaver Award at its 2018 Ray of Hope Gala. Yarrow’s daughter accepted the award on his behalf and a video message from Yarrow played at the event.
The Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine in Upper Manhattan also honored Council Member Fernando Cabrera (CD 14) and Lisa K. Lippman of Brown Harris Stevens for their contributions to the community.
ELEM’s Lifesaver Award recognizes those who have made significant improvements in the lives of others. Past award recipients included Curtis Sliwa, founder of Guardian Angels, Claudette C. Faison, CEO of Unlocking Futures, and Robert Rigby Hall, CEO of Universal Access Bonds and the Naomi Foundation.
The Gala raised money to help troubled youth in Israel, including homeless and those suffering from substance abuse, delinquency, prostitution and suicidal tendencies.
While famous for such hits as “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Day Is Done,” the Channukah Song “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala,” Peter Yarrow, son of Jewish Ukrainian Immigrants, has invested much of his time and talent in social causes. His charitable work includes creating an anti-bullying program with ELEM board member Dr. Charlotte Frank. The program, called “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh at Me,” is currently implemented in 22,000 schools across the U.S. and is now in Israel.
Serving in the City Council since 2010, Fernando Cabrera has headed the Council’s Governmental Operations Committee and co-chaired the Gun Violence Task Force. He is a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus and is a staunch advocate for tenants, youth and seniors.
Lisa K. Lippman, outside of her professional life, serves as a trustee of the Riverside Parks Conservancy, a trustee of TNJH (a community nursing home), is a former board member of two charter schools and is an active member of United Jewish Appeal.
ELEM was founded in 1982 by a group of American and Israeli professionals and lay volunteers to help Israel’s population of at-risk youth gain productive lives. Today ELEM is Israel’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and adjudicated Jewish and Arab Israeli youth. The youth ELEM serves face tremendous hurdles; many live below the poverty line or struggle to assimilate as new immigrants. With a network of 250 professionals and almost 2,000 volunteers, ELEM helps 120,000 troubled youth each year. It provides a unique brand of non-judgmental, innovative aid including group and individual therapy, mentoring, occupational and educational placement, and vocational training. ELEM operates a wide network of counseling and support centers, as well as a fleet of outreach vans that take to the streets to reach the hidden “children of the night.”