Leslie Stifelman is awarded the 2011 Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award Honoring NYC Heroes
Leslie was one of ten civic leaders honored at The All Stars Project 17th Annual Phyllis Hyman Phat Friends and Young Leaders for Change Awards on Monday, November 22, 2011 hosted by MetLife. Roscoe Orman, known to millions for his thirty-six years as “Gordon” on the highly acclaimed children’s series Sesame Street, was the event’s host. The award honors New York City’s unsung heroes and All Stars Project youth leaders. All Stars youth leaders created the Phat Friends award – named after supporter jazz great Phyllis Hyman – to have a civic voice in the life of New York City and so they could tell us which adults and programs are making a meaningful difference in their communities. Year round, young people across the city nominate community leaders, business executives, media representatives, educators, politicians and celebrities who they think are supporting the development of young people and their communities. The nominees are interviewed by the Phat Friend Youth Selection Committee, which selects the awardees. Past recipients include Sean “Puffy” Combs, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Dr. Walter Turnbull, Mary Wilson, and Nancy Marchand.