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Brooklyn NY (September 16, 2016) –  The Bed-Stuy Alive! Collective is proud to present the 12TH Annual Bed-Stuy Alive! celebration, scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 8th, and span several weeks of exciting happenings throughout the community.. “We are pleased to be a part of this event, which will showcase our great businesses, restaurants, artists, and homes,” stated Michael Lambert, Executive Director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District. The project is designed to promote economic development, neighborhood pride, tourism, the community’s cultural richness, and the unique heritage and diversity of the people who live in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The excitement begins on October 8th, with the Gala Kick-off Street Festival, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Fulton Street, between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues.
The 10:00 Opening Ceremony is a special time that is set aside to honor the community’s best with the 8th Annual Tohma Y. Faulkner Community Awards. According to this year’s Chairperson, Stephanie Faulkner Brabham, “This is always a very moving and uplifting program. We hope our neighbors will come out to say thank you to those champions who have done so much for Bedford-Stuyvesant.”

Honorees this year are:
Arts and Culture Trailblazer – Chinita Pointer, Executive Director of the Noel Pointer Foundation
Community Service – Bernice McRae, Community Leader
Economic Development Trailblazer and New Entrepreneur – Beatrice P. Jones, Owner of Good Samaritan Day Care Center and the new Honey Baked Ham and Café
Outstanding Educator – Adofo Muhammad, Principal, Bedford Academy High School
Youth Achievement – Explorers of the 79th and 81st Precincts
“We will be welcoming home our own Assembly Member, Annette M. Robinson. She has been our greatest supporter since the beginning of this project, and we are honored to have her serve as our Mistress of Ceremony once again”, stated Brenda Fryson, Vice-chair for the event.

Fulton Street, between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues will be jumping with the Bed-Stuy Heritage Market, the Savor Bed-Stuy Food Court, and the lively Children’s Village, complete with bike giveaways. The Health Pavilion will provide screenings and information, and the Community Partners’ Row, with representatives from a broad range of education and social service organizations.
The large stage will be the backdrop for Restoration’s annual Restoration Rocks. This year’s line-up includes Fantastic Negrito, Ryan Davis Harris, and DJ Reborn.

The Collective includes: Bridge Street Development Corporation, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc., the Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists’ Association, Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District, and 500 Men Making a Difference. This year’s corporate sponsors include ABC Television Network, Foodtown, Applebee’s, and AlphaCare. Supporters include the Mayor’s Office Community Assistant Unit, Borough President Eric Adams, New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, New York State Assembly Member Annette M. Robinson, and Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.