New York officials recognize non-profit for fighting drug abuse
QUEENS, N.Y., USA: Congresswoman Grace Meng, New York City Council Member Paul A. Vallone, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York State Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, New York State Senator Tony Avella, Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Mayor of the City of Middletown Joseph M. DeStefano recently presented proclamations to the Northeast and Queens chapters of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW).*
Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, a local dental implant and cosmetic periodontal surgeon, founded the Queens Chapter (www.drugfreeworld.org) and has made the community service program a priority in his office. He also runs a monthly dental education group — the Fialkoff Dental Study Club. Fialkoff’s chapter presented more than 300 free drug education events at New York City schools, after-school programs and community centers.
Meghan Fialkoff, community affairs director at Fialkoff’s office, founded the Northeast Chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World in 2006. Together, they have presented more than 600 free drug education events, “pledging in” more than 50,000 students in the Youth Drug-Free Pledge in the past eight years. The New York officials presented these proclamations to acknowledge their work and the significance of professionals taking part in vital programs like these.
Congresswoman Meng’s proclamation states, “The Northeast Chapter of FDFW’s focus on youth education, community development and commitment to cultural diversity is what builds long-lasting bonds among people and communities.”
Meng declared June 4, 2014, as “The Northeast Chapter of Foundation for a Drug Free World Day” throughout the Sixth Congressional District.
Councilman Vallone’s proclamation reads, “To date the FDFW and its Truth about Drugs Campaign has reached over 50,000 students and helped bring about a reduction of drug usage amongst our youth. The Council of the City of New York proudly honors the members and supporters of The Northeast Chapter of The Foundation for a Drug-Free World for their unwavering commitment and outstanding contributions to a drug-free future.”
Fialkoff said, “The success of any program begins with the individual. Any worthwhile activity begins with individuals then spreads to local groups, the city, the state and then nationally. Many professionals are speaking about how the negative environment is affecting our practices. This program helps children to stay off of street drugs and has gotten positive results. We are proud that these officials are acknowledging this program and taking a lead role in helping to change all of the downturn that has occurred in the last few years. As professionals, we can feel proud to live up to our purpose of helping our community and improving their lives. What better way there is to show this and to do this than to help the very children who will in short order, be in charge of our area.”
(Source: Foundation for a Drug Free World Queens Chapter)