Great news! Guess who we’re honoring at our June 6th gala!?

Flushing Town Hall will hold its 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, June 6th at the historic Flushing Town Hall, honoring former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman and Emily Lin, Principal at Lin + Associates.

The annual benefit supports Flushing Town Hall’s year-round arts and cultural programs that serve over 58,000 people annually, city-wide, of which over 22,000 are students, families and seniors. The event begins at 6 PM with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner, awards and entertainment at 7 PM, at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. Tickets and sponsorship details are available at RSVP by May 31.

Abiding to its mission to provide “global arts for a global community,” Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian Affiliate and member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group, brings to Queens local, national, and international performances and exhibitions that are often seen in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or Europe or Asia.

“This annual event is an opportunity to showcase the value of culture and arts in our community and throughout the borough, and a chance to come together and celebrate remarkable honorees who exemplify the importance of supporting the arts,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall.

Flushing Town Hall will present its first Jo-Ann Jones Award for Devoted Leadership to Claire Shulman, who was Queens’s first female borough president, serving from 1986 until 2002. Jo-Ann Jones was the founder of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. As the highest-ranking elected official in Queens, Ms. Shulman focused on land use, development of the City’s expense and capital budgets, economic development, and health care.

During her tenure, Ms. Shulman was pivotal in ensuring the development and growth of a number of Queens cultural institutions, including Flushing Town Hall, and shepherded the rezoning of dozens of neighborhoods to create appropriate zoning restrictions, the economic revitalization of communities, including downtown Jamaica and western Queens, expanded the Borough’s infrastructure, and increased funding for senior citizen centers, cultural programs, and libraries.

Ms. Shulman currently serves as the President and CEO of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC, a nonprofit that focuses on development initiatives including the creation of housing and community open space, opportunities for health and wellness, and improvements to infrastructure and mass transit options.

At the event, Flushing Town Hall will present its second annual Howard Graf Award for Creative Design & Architecture to Emily Lin, Principal, Lin + Associates Architects, PC, which she founded in 1995. The award is named after longtime former Board Chair Howard Graf. Located in Kew Gardens, Ms. Lin’s practice includes a wide range of condominium, residential, commercial, institutional, religious, retail, interior and multi-use projects throughout the Tri-State Area. She and her husband have developed and managed multiple real estate development projects in New York City.

Born in Taiwan in 1956, she emigrated to the U.S. in 1971 with her family, attended public high school, and received her architectural training and professional degree from Pratt Institute in 1979 as well as completed advanced studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1992. She has served on the boards of the American Institute of Architects, Asian American Business Women Association, Garden of Hope, Queens Botanical Garden, and Queens Economic Development Corporation, and received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and Business Person of the Year Award, both from Queens Chamber of Commerce, and an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2012.

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