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The Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of NYC 2014 Annual Gala Benefit will be held on March 14, 2014 at Verdi’s of Westbury

Sabrina Gardner, Founder,  The Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of N.Y.C.

Sabrina Gardner, Founder, The Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of N.Y.C.

The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C.   2014 Annual Gala Benefit will be held on March 14, 2014 at Verdi’s of Westbury, located at 680 Old Country Road, West New York, 11590 from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.  The event is themed “Creating a Unique Learning Environment through Health and Education Learning Initiatives.”  The red-carpet fund-raiser gala will recognize individuals whose efforts have contributed to diabetes and health awareness.  Tickets, donations, sponsorship or advertising information is available online @

Funds raised at the Gala will support The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. in its efforts to assist families, caregivers, and guardians in the daily management of prevention and awareness as well those affected with chronic disease.  The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. intend to launch an innovative learning environment that alleviates gaps in disease management and healthy living while delivering effective daily education.

“As the parent of a child with diabetes, one of my greatest daily worries is whether she’ll survive outside of my direct care,” said Sabrina Gardner, founder of The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. We need a continuum of innovative health and educational services blended with support systems where students spend the vast majority of their day.

The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. envisions blended relationships between student, parents, caregivers and specialists incorporated with education on a daily basis as a solution to the challenge of consistent chronic disease management.  “Our learning environment will provide students with the support to become active participants in disease management and guardians of their own ongoing health,” says Gardner.

The 2014 Annual Gala and Fundraiser will feature live entertainment, beverages, buffet and noted area speakers and honorees, including:

  • Dr. Gerald W. Deas: Professorship in Preventive Medicine, Visionary, Writer, Educator, Poet and Philanthropist
  • Angela Banks Jourdain: Critical Care Nursing Education specialist at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems
  • Preston King, C.P.A.:  Chairman of New York Citi Works
  • Georgette D. Brown:  Assistant Director of Athletics, Adelphi University
  • Samuel L. Dunston:  Founder/President of National Allotment Insurance Agency, LTD
  • Nancy Davidson:  Qivana Health Systems Business Owner
  • Dr. Okechukwu Echezona: Founder/CEO of Strong Movement
  • Arnie Joseph: Founder/President of Chroma Health Solutions
  • Hon. William B. Wise: Trustee of Westbury, New York
  • Mr. Leo Gardner: President of Strong Movement

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