Monthly Archives: August 2013

Madelyn Lugo, Chairwoman of National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. – 2013

Madelyn Lugo, born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, was elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. in 2006. Previously she served twelve years as Treasurer to the Board elected in 1994. Ms. Lugo is among the co-founders of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. and has contributed to the growth of the organization for over twenty years.

Ms. Lugo also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

Ms. Lugo is the Controller for South Bronx Community Management Company Inc., established in October 1973. She handles property management and real estate development of low-income housing in the South Bronx, solely, or in conjunction with other organizational entities, or through the assistance of governmental organizations. The populations include, but are not limited to, homeless, formerly homeless, and low- and moderate-income families.

Dewey Bozella, Former Amateur Boxer Best Known For Being Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Gives Keynote Speech at The BWAA – New York, 2012

Dewey Bozella (born 1959) is a former amateur boxer who is best known for being imprisoned for a conviction which was eventually overturned. Convicted in 1983 for the murder of an elderly woman, Bozella served 26 years in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2009. Bozella had previously served nearly three years in prison for attempted robbery.

On October 28, 2009, after being released from custody, Bozella began working with youths at a local gym in Newburgh, New York. At the gym, which is now closed, he worked with teenagers teaching them about boxing and about the dangers of joining gangs. He frequently visits various organizations to deliver speeches about his life experiences. Bozella is a frequent sight at New York City area boxing cards.

Bozella currently lives in Fishkill, New York with his wife, Trena. While accepting an award in 2011, he told an ESPN reporter that he still dreamed of having at least one professional fight one day. In 2011, boxing champion Bernard Hopkins helped Bozella’s dream come true.

Clinton Global Citizen Awards Gala – 2012

Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards™ embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.

These citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change. Nominated by CGI members and other global leaders, honorees were chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work.

The awards are given to individuals who have shown ground-breaking leadership in four sectors: civil society, the corporate sector, philanthropy, and public service. Having proven their uncommon abilities to strengthen civil society, these visionaries inspire us all to take action and to become true global citizens.

The ceremony took place on Monday, September 23, 2012. Remarks were given by President Bill Clinton and actress Bebe Neuwirth was the Master of Ceremonies. Angélique Kidjo and Seal provided the evening’s musical entertainment. Joshua Bennett, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Eva Longoria, and June Sarpong all made appearances.

Little Baby Face Foundations 9thAnnual Gala at Bridgewater’s – 2011

About the Little Baby Face Foundation:

The Little Baby Face Foundation (LBFF) transforms the lives of children born with facial deformities through corrective surgery.

World-class surgeons and medical providers at the finest facilities in NYC volunteer their time to provide the best corrective surgery and medical care to children and their families who are in financial need worldwide. We arrange travel to and from New York City for children to undergo needed corrective surgical procedures at no expense to the patient or their families.

Since our founding by Dr. Thomas Romo III and co-founder Lauralouise Duffy-Blatt in 2002, more than 250 children born with facial deformities have had their lives transformed with help from the LBFF.

I Have a Dream Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Spirit of The Dream Gala – 2011

About the I Have a Dream Foundation:

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. We empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.

By helping our Dreamers gain access to college, we are putting them on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students’ families and the generations that follow.
World Liberty was on hand at the I Have a Dream Foundation’s 30thAnniversary Spirit of The Dream Gala. See some of the people who were honored for their contribution to this wonderful organization.

Keynote Speech by Dr. Adal M. Hussain PhD, (AKA Dr. Abbey) Founder of Humanitarians of The World Inc. – 2011

Dr. Adal M. Hussain, PhD. (AKA Dr. Abbey), founder of Humanitarians of the World Inc., has the following credentials as a humanitarian:

• Sorvino, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York, NY – 12/22/03.

• Slumberettes Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by Slumberettes President Donna LaRosa and Actor VinnyVella (Sopranos) – 02/01/05.

• Humanitarian and Journalist Award presented by United Nations Delegates and Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, at United Nations, New York, NY – 02/17/04.

Proclamations from U.S. Politicians, including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, Congressman Joseph Crowley, State Senator Kevin Parker, NYS Comptroller Alan Hevesi, NYS Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYC Comptroller William Thompson Jr., Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Former Queens Borough President Claire Schulman, Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., District 40 Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, District 23 Councilman David Weprin, 25th District Councilwoman Helen Sears, Public Advocate Betsy Gothbaum.

Over an additional 250 awards internationally received for humanitarian work done throughout the world.

Dr. Abbey made a keynote speech at the United Nations, in regarding helping children around the world. Take a look at his aspiring speech.

The 9th Annual Urban Angel Awards Gala 2012

Dale T. Irvin is the eleventh President of New York Theological Seminary and Professor of World Christianity. He was elected to this position by the Seminary’s Board of Trustees on July 19, 2006 after serving as Acting President since January 1, 2006, and his permanent appointment became effective on August 1.

Previously, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of the Seminary and is a long-time member of the Seminary’s Faculty. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1981) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (Ph.D., 1989), he has been a member of the New York Theological Seminary Faculty since 1989.

He is the co-author with Scott W. Sunquist of History of the World Christian Movement, a two-volume project that is being written with a consulting team of more than 50 scholars from around the world and published by Orbis Books of Maryknoll, NY. Volume 1, Earliest Christianity to 1453, is now in its fifth printing. Dr. Irvin’s previous books include Christian Histories, Christian Traditioning: Rendering Accounts (Orbis Books, 1998), and The Agitated Mind of God: The Theology of Kosuke Koyama (Orbis Books, 1996), which he edited with Akintunde E. Akinda. His articles have appeared in a number of journals, among them Christianity Today, The Ecumenical Review and The Journal of Pentecostal Studies.

Dr. Irvin has held visiting or adjunct appointments at the University of Uppsala, Sweden; Drew University Theological School; Union Theological Seminary, New York; Wake Forest University Divinity School; New Brunswick Theological Seminary; and Regent University School of Divinity. He is currently the Executive Vice President and member of the Editorial Board of The Living Pulpit, a highly acclaimed journal for preaching. He is also a regular teacher and preacher in churches throughout the New York City region. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, he is a member of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Refugees’ International New York Gala – 2012

Refugees’ International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.


Refugee crises left unattended threaten stability around the world. There are 42.5 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people living in limbo without citizenship rights. People forced from their homes by conflict are among the world’s most vulnerable and they all have individual stories of loss, heartache, and survival.

World Liberty TV had the pleasure of speaking with Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees’ International.

T.J. Martell Foundation 37th Annual Honors Gala – New York, 2012


The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments which otherwise might not be funded.

The Foundation, headquartered in New York, is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. It is dedicated to raising funds for the innovative initial and ongoing research for improved treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided more than $250 million dollars for research that supports eleven top hospitals in the United States.

This year marks the 37thanniversary for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Honors Gala.

NBA Baller Beats Game Debut from Majesco Entertainment – New York, 2012

NBA Baller Beats is the first ever motion-based sports video game that requires you to actively play using a real basketball. The music is your guide as you aspire to perform like a proand practice your ball-handling skills while building stamina you’ll need for the court all while having the fun of playing a video game.

NBA Baller Beats is a fun, high-energy, first-of-its kind basketball video game for Kinect that is unlike any sports video game on the market.
The game is extremely innovative; it requires you to actively play using a real basketball,which is included free with the game.
Aspire to perform like a pro as you master ball-handling skills.

The music acts as your guide as you bounce the ball to the beats of a slamming soundtrack.
Features an eclectic mix of music across decades and genres, from hip-hop to rock to old school classics.