Williamsburg nonprofit celebrates 45 years
by Erica Finocchio
May 05, 2017 | 2075 views | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Los Sures 45th Anniversary
L-R Chairman of the Board of Directors Juan Ramos; El Puente Founder and President Luis Garden Acosta; Betsy Pagan; Vanessa Pagan, and Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq
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The Williamsburg-based nonprofit Southside United HDFC-Los Sures celebrated 45 years of commitment to affordable housing, community development and advocacy last week.

Over 200 guests attended the fundraiser at Freehold Brooklyn on South 3rd Street.

Executive Director Ramon Pegero highlighted some of the group's recent accomplishments.

“We have added 250 units of affordable housing,” he said. “We have

increased staff by 20 percent and we have expanded every department of Los Sures.”

Board member Martin Needelman was honored with the Humanitarian Award, while El Puente founder and president Luis Garden Acosta received the David Pagan Community Legacy Award.

Hirschen Singer & Epstein was the Corporate Award recipient, while City Council general counsel Jason Adolfo Otano was presented with the Rising Leadership Award and Councilman Antonio Reynoso was given the David Lopez Friend of Los Sures Award.

According to its website, Los Sures has constructed or preserved nearly 4,000 affordable units in 300 buildings and 43 co-ops.

This organization also runs a food pantry and fresh produce distribution

center and senior center, and offers tax preparation assistance and community and

tenant advocacy and workshops.

“I just want to congratulate Ramon for the exceptional work he does on a daily basis to move this organization forward,” said board chairman Juan Ramos. “I want to thank every single one of the staff members that’s here today, who come in day and day out to do a job and do it in a way no one else can.”

Sponsors of the event were Dime Community Bank and FG-PH Corporation.

“You ask how we are able to celebrate 45 years and I have two words: resiliency and adaptability,” Peguero said. “We have always adapted to the moment in time, knowing that our existence is vital to the preservation of the community.”
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