To help cheer on the holiday, legendary radio personality Vaughn Harper and a host of friends traveled uptown for a special celebrity toy drive benefitting Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Service. The event, which took place at Gospel Uptown, received a wealth of donated toys and gift items for the numerous children and family members Harlem Dowling Service. “We are truly thankful and deeply humbled by Mr. Harper’s act of kindness,” stated Dorothy Worrell, Harlem Dowling’s Executive Director. Jazz pianist Alex Bugnon along with singer Peter Wayne entertained the crowd, which included radio pioneer Bob Law and playwright and producer Vy Higgins. The duo song numerous Christmas carols and a few jazz riffs. In 2011, Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services will celebrate its 175th Anniversary. To help commemorate this landmark occasion, the agency recently launched its building fund for construction of a new home office at 2135 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. The green building will include approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of office space and an additional 45,000 sq ft of space for low-income and subsidized housing.
Photos by Hubert Williams/Images of Us Pix 1 ““ Gospel Uptown Owner Joseph Holland; Alex Bugon (seated); Harlem Dowling Executive Director Dorothy Worrell; and Vaughn Harper Pix 2 ““ Vaughn Harper, Vy Higgins, Dorothy Worrell and Bob Law