In 2007, the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service (1866) finally got to honor one of their own. Donna Santarsiero’s 27-year tenure as Executive Director was celebrated at the Bureau’s 141st Anniversary celebration and dinner on June 7th along with 17-year board member Robert Gartland and title sponsor Barclay’s Robert Diamond.
Like bureau itself, the honorees have worked to enhance the economic and social welfare of urban communities.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz addressed the hundreds of attendees: “[The Bureau] is one of the most effective and most respected service organizations, not just in Brooklyn, not just in New York City, but in the nation as a whole. It has adapted over its 141-year history to meet the needs of a growing population amid rapidly changing social and economic conditions.”
The centerpiece of the evening was a presentation by Mr. Diamond on the new Barclays Center, planned home of the NBA Nets. The Bureau’s Chairman, Wallace Parker of Keyspan Energy (1849) – who along with Mrs. Santarsiero is a member if The Hundred Year Association’s Board of Governors – said “As Barclays establishes its presence in Brooklyn with the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Bureau is proud to welcome Mr. Diamond and Barclays to our great borough and is grateful for their generous support.”
About Donna, he added, “We are proud to honor Donna Santarsiero, who has led the Brooklyn Bureau for the past 27 years, overseeing its growth into an organization serving more than 12,000 disadvantaged families and disabled adults each year.”
Always thinking of others, she said, ““I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 141 years of strengthening families, nurturing and protecting children, and helping persons who are disadvantaged and disabled lead more self-sufficient lives, than to pay tribute to Bob Diamond and Bob Gartland, who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to the health and vitality of our borough and our City.”