Community Events

Fourth Annual Faith Leaders ThriveNYC Breakfast

April 11, 2019
First Lady Chirlane McCray welcomed faith leaders from all over New York City to Gracie Mansion. Along with networking, faith leaders had the opportunity to discuss mental health in their communities.

The morning was heartwarming and awe-inspiring with remarks by First Lady Chirlane McCray, Dr. Torian Easterling, Dr. Lakeesha Walrond, Venerable Youwang Zhang, and Reverend Juan Carlos Ruiz. Invocations were led by Reverend Adam Durso and Reverend Dominique Atchison with the closing benediction led by Rabbi Diana Gerson.

Program Participants

  • Dr. Torian Easterling, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Center for Health Equity, DOHMH
  • Reverend Dr. Lakeesha Waldrond, Executive Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church
  • Venerable Youwang Zhang, International Buddhist Progress Society
  • Reverend Juan Carlos Ruiz, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Reverend Adam Durso, Executive Director of LEAD.NYC, Minister of The Christian Cultural Center
  • Dominique Atchison, Executive Director, Center for Faith and Community Partnerships
  • Rabbi Diana Gerson, Associate Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis


We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsor for its generous support of the Fourth Annual Faith Leaders ThriveNYC Breakfast:


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