Sands celebrates Mother’s Day at events with ABBA Leadership Center and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Photo of four individuals from the ABBA and Sands organizations.

Sands New York sponsored the Able Body of Believers Alliance (ABBA) Annual Mother’s Day Celebration which honors the “SHE-ROES” of Hempstead. This year, honorees included Candace Aguirre-Holley, MelRose B. Corley, Biena Depena, Clarion Griffith, and Lashawn Lukes, with special keynote speaker Dr. Juliet S. McBride.  The Mother’s Day event recognized mothers and wives of partners, sons and daughters who are incarcerated. It aims to increase community awareness of the effects of imprisonment on families. Mothers were treated to a fun day of lunch, gifts, flowers, entertainment and much more.

“We are so proud to support the incredible work of ABBA, and we feel privileged to be here cheering on this community of mothers,” said Tracey Edwards, Senior Vice President and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Sands New York.

(ABBA) is a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit, faith-based organization that is located in Hempstead, New York. ABBA is dedicated to reaching out to individuals, both men and women, who find themselves caught within the complexities of the criminal justice system. Their primary goal is to combat the rate of recidivism by actively instilling hope and facilitating restoration among those affected by the pervasive cycles of multi-generational adversity and struggle. They diligently work to bring about hope and renewal to individuals impacted by longstanding challenges, fostering a pathway towards positive change.

Members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Blue S.T.A.R.S Foundation, and Sands New York in a group photo.

Sands New York also celebrated Mother’s Day as a sponsor of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Blue S.T.A.R.S Foundation Inc. Mother’s Day Brunch, honoring Dorothy Goosby, Deputy Supervisor Senior Councilwoman at the Town of Hempstead; Dr. Jean Phelps Director of Student Activities, CUNY- York College; Timyiaka Noel, Senior Parole Officer, NYS Dept. of Corrections & Community Supervision; Tiffany Davis-Nealy, Principal of the NYC Dept. of Education; and Pamela Davis, Sr. Director of Learning & Culture Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. 

Edwards said, “Congratulations to all the Phi Beta Sigma honorees, and especially to our friend and partner Councilwoman Goosby who continues to be an absolute champion for the residents of the Town of Hempstead. We thank Phi Beta Sigma and the Blue S.T.A.R.S Foundation for all of the meaningful work they do throughout Nassau County.”