The THRIVE Network Will Honor Four High-Profile New Yorkers for Their Humanitarian Efforts

Celebrating 20 Years of Service and Counting!

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The THRIVE Network will host the People Who THRIVE Cocktail
on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Ainsworth
Park, 111 East 18th
Street, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and
red carpet commences at 6:00pm
. Dyrol Joyner, PIX11’s Multi-Emmy
Award Winning TV Sports Anchor & Reporter
, will emcee the event
and present The People Who THRIVE Award to
four of New York’s exemplary leaders and humanitarians for their
outstanding work with various charities in the community. Award
recipients will include:

  • Mindy Scheier, Founder of Runway of Dreams – Scheier has worked
    in the fashion industry for over 20 years, infiltrating the fashion
    world. Her son, Oliver, was born with Rigid Spine Muscular Dystrophy,
    causing clothing challenges due to muscle weakness and his inability
    to dress himself. After spending years in the fashion industry, she
    decided there was an opportunity to meld her worlds together.
    Partnering with top brands and retailers – including Tommy Hilfiger
    and Macy’s – Runway of Dreams aims to integrate wearable technology
    and design modifications into clothing, making it adaptive and
    wearable for all.
  • Glenn E. Martin, Founder & President of JustLeadershipUSA
    Martin is a national leader and dedicated criminal justice
    reform advocate. After serving six years in prison, Martin devoted
    himself to elevating and amplifying the voices of people most impacted
    by crime and incarceration. His organization, JustLeadershipUSA
    (JLUSA), aims to cut the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030
    through advocacy campaigns, leadership trainings, and member
  • Howard Cross, New York Giants Super Bowl Champion – Cross is a
    veteran football analyst who has established a reputation as one of
    the most insightful commentators in the industry. Currently, Cross is
    a Senior Managing Director at Cresa, an accomplished public speaker
    and an active philanthropist who was named the Giants’ 1995 True Value
    Man of the Year. Cross gives his time to various charities such as:
    ALS, JDRF, Valerie Fund, Autism Speaks, Autism NJ, The United Way,
    Wounded Warriors, All 4 Kids Foundation, John Starks Foundation and
    Close the Gap, to name a few. This year, Cross will also receive the
    Arthur Ashe Award.
  • Tony Richardson, Three-Time Pro Bowler & Two-Time Second-Team
    Richardson is a former fullback who played in the NFL for
    sixteen seasons. He is considered one of the best fullbacks in NFL
    history having blocked for 1,000 yards rushers in nine consecutive NFL
    seasons. After his NFL career, Richardson dedicated himself to
    philanthropy. Richardson sponsors The Dictionary Project, which
    promotes literacy and education for children and also was a host for
    the Special Olympics Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Kansas City,
    from 1999 to 2005. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator for the NFL
    Legends Community, serving as a central resource for players to learn
    about programs and benefits available to them, while supporting
    various charities.

“Although we are celebrating 20 Years of Abilities, our public service
efforts in assisting people live with dignity, respect and independence
remain strong. From EDCSPIN to The THRIVE Network – from an apartment in
Brooklyn to multi – boroughs throughout New York City – from supporting
10 people to now over twelve hundred – and with 5 committed employees to
600+ team members, this is still only the beginning of where our
organization will continue to impact and influence service delivery
systems. All of us at THRIVE, do not take for granted the privilege we
have to serve and understand there are many hurdles to fight for
equality, access and opportunity for those with disabilities and other
disenfranchised groups. I am delighted to honor these remarkable
luminaries, whose stewardship and philanthropic endeavors continue to
set a precedent in civic service, focusing on the betterment of people
and community,” says Charles A. Archer, Founder & CEO, The THRIVE


The THRIVE Network is a 501(c)(3) based in Brooklyn that offers
programs and services to individuals to help them reach their full
potential. For 20 years, The THRIVE Network has been committed to
executing with excellence, being a supportive partner and helping people
in need. The THRIVE Network’s services range from full-time residential
programs, developmental habilitation, community outreach, child
education, social habilitation, behavioral health services and
employment to family support programs. All of The THRIVE Network’s
services share the same goal: enhancing the lives of those in need and
helping their consumers reach their individual potential, in their own
way and on their own time. The THRIVE Network’s name reflects the deep
relationships and robust ecosystem of partners and agencies in which
they serve.

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