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Sadie Nash Leadership Project Turns 10

By Kristen Meriwether
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 4, 2012 Last Updated: October 6, 2012
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Sadie Nash alum present Cecilia Clarke with a surprise gift—her conference table decorated with photos and inspirational posts. The plywood table served as a conference table in Clarke’s home—the company’s first office. Despite moving on to bigger office in Brooklyn, she kept the plywood table, which was supported by two sawhorses. Business will now be conducted on a new table, purchased by the girls. (Breukellen Riesgo)

Sadie Nash alum present Cecilia Clarke with a surprise gift—her conference table decorated with photos and inspirational posts. The plywood table served as a conference table in Clarke’s home—the company’s first office. Despite moving on to bigger office in Brooklyn, she kept the plywood table, which was supported by two sawhorses. Business will now be conducted on a new table, purchased by the girls. (Breukellen Riesgo)

NEW YORK—Sadie Nash Leadership Project celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday night with a sold out garden party at the Bowery Hotel. The event marked 10 years of empowering women by developing leaders and community activists, showing the next generation they can be agents of change now—not later.

Founder Cecilia Clarke handed out the Petticoat Award to Beth Nash who gave Clarke the initial donation to start the foundation.

Actress and comedian Tina Fey fields questions from Sadie Nash participants LaToya Logan-Edwards and Ramelcy Uribe. (Breukellen Riesgo)

Actress and comedian Tina Fey fields questions from Sadie Nash participants LaToya Logan-Edwards and Ramelcy Uribe. (Breukellen Riesgo)

Sara Jones, a Tony Award winning playwright and performer, showcased her multi-character act by introducing 10 Sadie Nash graduates in several of her signature characters.

The event was highlighted by special guest, actor and comedian, Tina Fey who fielded tough questions by two Sadie Nash participants.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project started with 16 girls in one class 2002 and in 10 years has blossomed to reach 300 young women annually aged 14-22 in all 5 boroughs of New York City and in Newark, New Jersey.

Mackenyne Sandy (L) “The Rock”, a 2007 graduate, and Virginia Thomas (R) “The Powerhouse” a 2005 graduate flash a smile at the garden party celebrating 10 years of Sadie Nash Leadership Project on Monday at the Bowery Hotel. Thomas, 22, is applying for law school. Her biggest issue is voter rights. “I want to make sure that people are being proactive about the election, informing themselves about the candidates and exercising their right to vote.” Sandy, 23, is at Bronx Community College and would like to protect and serve her fellow New Yorkers by joining the New York City Police Department. “I want to save some lives. I want to save a little bit of the world.” (Breukellen Riesgo)

Mackenyne Sandy (L) “The Rock”, a 2007 graduate, and Virginia Thomas (R) “The Powerhouse” a 2005 graduate flash a smile at the garden party celebrating 10 years of Sadie Nash Leadership Project on Monday at the Bowery Hotel. Thomas, 22, is applying for law school. Her biggest issue is voter rights. “I want to make sure that people are being proactive about the election, informing themselves about the candidates and exercising their right to vote.” Sandy, 23, is at Bronx Community College and would like to protect and serve her fellow New Yorkers by joining the New York City Police Department. “I want to save some lives. I want to save a little bit of the world.” (Breukellen Riesgo)

Cecilia Clarke, right, poses with her daughter Allegra Ouroussoff during the garden party at the Bowery Hotel on Monday night. This marked the fourth year of the outdoor garden party, with each year providing a rain free evening. Clarke remarked this year was the best weather yet, with temperatures hovering near 70 under a picture perfect sunset. (Breukellen Riesgo)

Cecilia Clarke, right, poses with her daughter Allegra Ouroussoff during the garden party at the Bowery Hotel on Monday night. This marked the fourth year of the outdoor garden party, with each year providing a rain free evening. Clarke remarked this year was the best weather yet, with temperatures hovering near 70 under a picture perfect sunset. (Breukellen Riesgo)

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