Queens Community House Hosts 10th Annual Spring Event at Forest Hills Stadium

NEW YORK (May 2022) – Queens Community House (QCH), one of the borough’s largest social service organizations, held its 10th Annual Celebrating Local Champions Reception at Forest Hills Stadium on May 18.  

The event was the nonprofit’s first in-person spring event since 2019. Attendees included elected officials, Queens community stakeholders, borough residents, QCH leadership and program participants, and supporters of the organization.  

During the event, QCH honored New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi as “Local Champions” for their years of supporting the Queens community.  

“Both Senator Stavisky and Assemblymember Hevesi have been tireless advocates for the Queens community, going above and beyond to ensure that families and individuals across the borough have the resources that they need,” said QCH Executive Director Ben Thomases. 

“The main reason Assemblymember Hevesi and I continue to support Queens Community House is the fact that they have programs for every age, from early childhood to older adults, serving the entire community in both good times and challenging times,” said Senator Stavisky. 

“I am incredibly honored to be named ‘Local Champion’, but the real champions are the staff, volunteers and board members of Queens Community House,” said Hevesi. “Thank you for all the work you do for our community.” 

QCH also announced Esther Sanchez as the winner of their 2022 Irma E. Rodriguez Community Builder Award. “Esther embodies what is best about our borough – a compassionate, tenacious, and selfless individual who has made a dedicated effort to unite neighbors of all backgrounds,” said Anna Dioguardi Moyano, QCH Director of Community Building. 

During the event, Queens residents and community stakeholders connected with each other as well as QCH leadership and program participants to learn about the organization’s array of services. 

Supporters of the event’s Spring Raffle included Starbucks, Sephora, 2nd Story Pilates & Yoga, Bath & Body Works, Martha’s Country Bakery, New York Sports Club, The Truffleist, The Queensboro Restaurant, Kiehl’s, 5 Burro Café, Club Pilates, Gregorio Herrera Art, StretchLab, Bistro Eloise, Aigner Chocolates, Portofino Ristorante, Nick’s Bistro, and TGI Fridays. 


Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-service settlement house committed to serving the diverse neighborhoods of Queens. QCH serves more than 26,000 children, youth, adults, and older adults every year. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. Through a broad network of programs operating out of 34 sites in 14 neighborhoods, we offer Queens residents a needed support system at every stage of life, helping them to develop the knowledge, confidence, and skills to change their lives for the better and become active participants in their larger community. 



Thomas Cruz  

Director of Communications  

Queens Community House  


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