Cheers And More Cheers At Canarsie AWARE Graduation
Like one large family, the graduates from Canarsie AWARE, the highly successful drug and alcohol treatment program, cheered each other on last Thursday as they each received diplomas in a stirring ceremony.
Held at the American Legion Canarsie Post 573 headquarters on East 92nd Street, the ceremony included bestowing a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to one of its staunchest supporters, Assemblyman Nick Perry. Another honoree was one of the founders of Canarsie AWARE, Mary Salogub.
Unlike most graduations, no last names were given to the public and the privacy of the graduates was respected. However, each student cheered the other's great achievement, as if it was a family affair. Photos and text by Barry Fischer