Brooklyn honors set for professionals who make a difference

Councilman Robert Cornegy of Brooklyn's District 36.

City Councilman Robert Cornegy of Brooklyn’s District 36 will co-host the event.

Brooklyn, NY, February 23, 2015 – On Tuesday, February 24, City Councilman Robert E. Cornegy and BRIC TV Producer Fred Brown will host “Brooklyn’s Best Honors.” Sponsored by the office of Brooklyn Borough President, Our Time Press and Urban ID Media, the festive affair will take place at Amarachi Prime, 189 Bridge Street Brooklyn, NY.

The event will include a live performance showcase from singer/songwriter Darryl Copeland and friends. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Safe Horizon’s Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center, which provides an essential community response to New York City’s most vulnerable victims of violence and abuse by giving child victims the foundation they need to move from crisis to confidence.

Principal Celese Douglas-Wheeler is one of the honorees.

School Principal Celeste Douglas-Wheeler is one of the honorees.

The quarterly event, which salutes Brooklyn residents while highlighting local business establishments that add richly to the fabric and well-being of Brooklyn, salutes exceptional individuals in the areas of business, civic service, arts & entertainment. These are everyday leaders whose selfless efforts continue to shape and redefine the communities they live and work in. The 2015 honorees are art curator Richard Beavers; educator Celeste Douglas-Wheeler and entrepreneur Morgan Munsey.

Richard Beavers is a seasoned entrepreneur, art curator and owner of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s House of Art Gallery.

“I’ve always had confidence that I could be anything/accomplish whatever I set my mind to do,” Beavers reflects. Those accomplishments include a successful career as a financial analyst and human resources representative for MTV; art publisher; small business owner and respected father, husband and community leader.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ office is a co-sponsor of the event.

As a child, Morgan Munsey enjoyed visiting his family in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A preservation architect by trade, Morgan fell in love with the neighborhood’s housing stock and beauty.

“I love history and classic architecture. I also love all things Victorian and since Bedford-Stuyvesant has the biggest collection in New York State of Victorian architecture, I would say my neighborhood inspires me,” he said.

An active participant in the preservation of New York’s historic neighborhoods, Morgan is one of Halstead Realty’s leading agents and one of the founders of its Bedford-Stuyvesant office. “I was always looking for houses to restore for friends,” Munsey recounts. “For years I was a free broker and then I had the bright idea to get paid for connecting people with houses.”

Principal Celeste Douglas-Wheeler was born and raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. She attended Brooklyn Technical High School, did her undergrad studies at Howard University and graduate work at New York University. Her first teaching assignment took place at I.S. 111 in Bushwick. She later taught seventh and eighth grade at M.S. 442, where she excelled as a teacher, leader, staff developer and team liaison and was later recruited into the Leadership Academy.

Upon completion of her training, she was assigned as Principal of M.S. 57 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where she successfully turned the failing school into an art-focused academy. Under her leadership, the school has received over $620,000 in grant funds and has successfully mounted five student musicals.

“Bed-Stuy deserves and needs educators who go above and beyond to ensure that all students learn,” stated Principal Douglas-Wheeler.

Amarachi Prime captures the diversity of the flourishing African and Caribbean cultures in the United States and delivers an indelible dining experience. Brooklyn’s Best Honors is an Urban ID Media production. For additional information, call (718) 399-7016 or (917) 714-8998–