Volume 43 Issue 22                                                  Page 2        Click to go to Page:  1,  3 4,  HOME                                    Summer 2011

CORE’s Annual

King Holiday Celebration





 CORE’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Celebration was a huge success. More than 2000 people attended including Ambassadors from 72 countries around the world.

 In addition to celebrating the King Holiday, the event also celebrated Barack Obama’s tremendous victory in becoming the 1st African-American to be elected President of the United States.

 Under the theme “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present & Planning for the Future”, the annual gala honored the three CORE workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, who were murdered by the klu klux klan in 1964;  the 1972 Democratic nominee for President and former U.S. Senator, George McGovern, and Charles Payne, founder & CEO of Wall Street Strategies. Legendary crooner and the first “American Idol” Pat Boone served as Master of Ceremonies. 

Next year’s event, set for January 18, 2010 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City will have added historical significance since it will mark the 25th Anniversary of the official Holiday.


       The Act creating the holiday was passed & signed into law on Nov. 2, 1983 by then President Ronald Reagan. However the first  official Holiday was not observed until January 20, 1986.


       All past honorees and participants have been invited to once again join us in celebrating this historic occasion. Several exciting features are planned including a video montage of the event over the past 24 years and a special performance by a surprise recording artist.  


host Global Forum

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       The President of the General Assembly,  H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, gave the welcoming comments, United Nations Millennium Project Director Jeffrey Sachs, delivered the keynote address and H.E. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations chaired the event. 


Under Secretary- General     Tharoor (center) with Jeff Sachs(right) and Dr. Mehti, President of the  Friends of the United Nations

    Part of the 2 day event was a youth forum for college students and young professionals. Participants included students from many universities, like Columbia, Brandeis, Harvard, Rutgers, New York and Georgetown.  The forum chose 6 individuals to bring the voices of youth to each of the six main sessions.

Participants in the youth forum listen as speakers talk about the core values of the UN Millenium Project 




    CORE hosted the closing reception for the event in the Great Hall of the UN General Assembly building. TV soap opera icon, Susan Lucci, served as Mistress of Ceremonies and the cast from the hit Broadway Musical, “The Color Purple” provided the entertainment. 


CORE Volunteers and other participants pose with daytime TV superstar Susan Lucci (4th from r)      


    Overall, more than 1,600 people from around the world attended the forum.


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CORE joins Wal-Mart in Prescription Program

       CORE partnered with Wal-Mart last week to kick off a program that allows qualified individuals to get the generic form of their prescribed medications for only $4.00 each using a CORE/Wal-Mart issued prescription card.   

      CORE Executive Director, George Holmes said all members will automatically receive the discount card as part of their membership package. Others, he added, can come into a CORE office to apply. 

      Holmes also said that, based on current prices, this benefit could save a family hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year in prescribed medications.

      He said that the discount card can be used in conjunction with any insurance you may have but you can still use the card even if you don’t have insurance. Most medications for the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are included

      The prescription discount program is one of the newest services provided by CORE such as job training, immigration assistance. Discrimination complaints and Financial Literacy classes. For more information about this or any of CORE’s programs call (212) 598-4000.

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